Electrical and Computer Engineering

Three members of ECE will represent U-M at the 2020 Rising Stars in EECS Workshop

PhD students Behnoush Rostami, Zhanni Wu, and Xueru Zhang will participate in the intensive workshop that brings together outstanding women interested in pursuing academic careers in EECS.

Behnoush Rostami, Zhanni Wu, and Xueru Zhanghave been selected to participate in the 2020 Rising Stars in EECS Workshop hosted by UC Berkeley. The workshop brings together outstanding women from all over the world who are graduate students or postdocs pursuing academic careers in electrical engineering and computer science. Participants are selected based on academic excellence, interest in a faculty career in the EECS discipline, and commitment to advancing equity and inclusion.

The program was launched by MIT in 2012 with the goal of improving mentorship and providing resources for women navigating the early stages of careers in academia. This year, the workshop will be held virtually on November 9thand 10th.

Behnoush Rostami

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Behnoush Rostami.

Behnoush Rostami is a PhD student focusing on in Bio-MEMS. She’s currently working on the design and fabrication of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional arrays of extremely fine needles, which are implanted in the central or peripheral nervous system to communicate with a group of neurons in their proximity. The main goal of her research is to increase the number of neurons one can read from or write to for long-term studies with minimal damage to the brain tissue.

Rostami is advised by Khalil Najafi, the Schlumberger Professor of Engineering and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor. She received her bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering (Electronics) and master’s degree in Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2015 and 2017, respectively. 

Read her abstract here.

Zhanni Wu

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Zhanni Wu.

Zhanni Wu is a PhD student working on novel temporally and spatiotemporally modulated metamaterials/metasurfaces, which could lead to breakthroughs in areas such as next-generation wireless communication, commercial and military radar systems, imaging, and antenna systems.

Wu is advised by Prof. Anthony Grbic. She received her bachelor’s degree from Southeast University, Nanjing, China, in 2015 and master’s degree from the University of Michigan in 2017. She was with the State Key Laboratory of Millimeter Waves, Southeast University, from 2013 to 2015 as an Undergraduate Research Assistant.She is a recipient of the Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship.

Read her abstract here.

Xueru Zhang

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Xueru Zhang.

Xueru Zhang is a PhD student working todevelop artificial intelligence systems that have positive societal impacts while addressing associated ethical issues. She focuses on privacy invasion and discrimination.

Zhang is advised by Mingyan Liu, the Peter and Evelyn Fuss Chair of ECE. Zhang received her bachelor’s degree in Electronic and Information Engineering from Beihang University (BUAA), Beijing, China, in 2015, and her master’s degree in ECE from the University of Michigan in 2016. She is a recipient of the Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship.

Read her abstract here.

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