The recipients of 2009 College of Engineering Awards for Electrical
Engineering and Computer Science are:
Research Excellence Award
Prof. Peter Chen has
developed a superb track record in research during his 16-year
career at Michigan, and his work has produced both theoretical
results that have shaped academic thought and practical advances
that have been widely adopted by industry. His recent work has
produced virtual machine techniques that provide a fundamentally
different view of computer forensics, enabling improved debugging,
reliability, and security of systems. He has also made significant
recent contributions in the use of memory for permanent storage and
in defining the limits of generic recovery. He is an exceptional
educator, having mentored several graduate students who have gone on
to take top positions in academia and industry, and has created the
ENGR 100 section on microprocessors and music.
Service Excellence Award
Prof. Brian Gilchrist has an impressive record of
service to the Electrical and Computer Engineering division, to the
department, and to the College of Engineering. He served as interim
chair of EECS 2006-2007, and then of Electrical and Computer
Engineering 2007-2008. Before this he was Associate Chair of EECS.
He has served as faculty co-advisor of the Solar Car team since
2000, cofounded the highly successful Student Space Systems
Fabrication Laboratory, and currently chairs the CoE
Multidisciplinary Design Initiative. He is devoted to the students
of the department, as well as the faculty and staff. All know him to
be extremely positive, congenial, and able to maintain excellence in
research and teaching while contributing greatly to the success of
Outstanding Research Scientist Award
Dr. Anatoly (Tolya) Maksimchuk
has been a leader and key member of the high field research group at
the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS) for many years. He
has made tremendous pioneering contributions to the field of
laser-matter interaction at relativistic intensities, and he is
continuing to have an enormous impact to the development of
high-energy table-top particle accelerators as he pursues
experiments on Hercules, the highest-intensity laser in the world.
In addition to his work at CUOS, he has been an important leader in
high field science area at the Frontiers in Optical Coherent and
Ultrafast Science (FOCUS) center. Dr. Maksimchuk is an excellent
educator and has mentored several graduate students who are now
employed in governmental laboratories, industry and academia.
Thomas M. Sawyer, Jr.
Dr. Kurt Metzger has taught the senior-level major
design experience course Digital Signal Processing Design Laboratory
(EECS 452) for the past decade. He brings a remarkable level of
dedication to this course and to the students that take it, which has a
major impact on the students' careers. After the
course had been redesigned by Dr. Metzger, it came to have an
outstanding reputation among industry recruiters. Some companies
even require students to have taken this course. He has kept the
course current by integrating the latest hardware and software
technology into the labs. He is known for being extremely devoted to
the students and how they are learning the material.
Education Excellence Award
Moghaddam directs a large, highly
successful and diverse research group focusing on the development of next
generation radar remote sensing systems and techniques, while teaching
undergraduate and graduate courses on electromagnetics, radar, and
remote sensing. She is known for her ability to explain difficult
material and concepts clearly and concisely, while maintaining a
friendly and approachable manner even in large undergraduate courses. At
the same time, she has revised the graduate curriculum in radar and
remote sensing, and brought a high level of mentorship to her
graduate students. Students speak extremely highly of her excellent
teaching ability combined with patience and cheerfulness, as well as
her willingness to encourage them in their work.
Todd David Scott
Mudge Papaefthymiou Sylvester
Ted Kennedy Family Team Excellence Award
Profs. Austin, Blaauw, Mahlke, Mudge, Papaefthymiou,
and Sylvester have collectively brought the University of Michigan
into the forefront as a world-class research center in low-power
computing. Team members are engaged in research from circuits to
architectures that is laying the groundwork for advances in mobile
and reduced power computing.
Prof. Austin’s research has developed
techniques for dynamic verification, which works to increase the
degree of speculation in microprocessor designs. This is an
aggressive performance optimization that permits execution of
instructions before it is known that they are needed by a program.
Prof. Blaauw’s research has produced
development of a novel error detection and correction mechanism
which enables supply voltage to be reduced until the point of first
failure and further, trading off the overhead of correcting errors
versus energy saved. This led to the development of the Razor
microprocessor. He continues to investigate sub-threshold power and
error correction techniques.
Prof. Mahlke created the Signal Processing On
Demand Architecture (SODA), the first fully programmable
architecture that supports 3G wireless baseband processing with only a
several hundred milliwatt power budget. Prof. Mahlke is now studying
the architectural and algorithmic challenges for 4G wireless.
Prof. Mudge was an early proponent of low power
computing and the first at Michigan, in 1998, to pursue research in this
area. His interest in the discipline was engaged after observing that
the quest for higher clock rates was unsustainable due to excessive
power consumption. He has contributed in areas of
intelligent energy management, robust computing, and most recently
the PicoServer concept of using low-power multicores and 3D stacking
as a building block for energy-efficient data centers.
Prof. Papaefthymiou has developed the
energy-frugal approach of adiabatic electronics and novel techniques
for energy recycling that have yielded chips operating at extremely
low power consumption. The potential commercial impact of this
technology has prompted him to found Cyclos Semiconductor. He continues
to explore circuit-level approaches that hold the promise of
order-of-magnitude reductions in the power consumption of GHz-speed
microprocessors through energy recycling.
Prof. Sylvester has developed world-record
energy efficient microprocessors in collaboration with Prof. Blaauw
for use in implantable medical devices and wireless sensor networks.
Integrated circuit design techniques that he has developed with
Profs. Blaauw and Mudge have led to orders of magnitude reductions
in power consumption and point to the possibility of cubic
millimeter scale (ie, invisible) computing.