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CSE Alumni News

Garlin Gilchrist II: Innovation for the People

Garlin Gilchrist II (BSE CE/CS 05) is on a lifelong mission to bring engineering solutions to communities in need. As Detroit's Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement, he's vital to restoring trust in Michigan's biggest city. [Full Story]

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Health and Fitness Company Founded by CS Alum Gets Acquired by Practo

Dhruv Gupta (BSE CS ༿) co-founded FitHo, a web and mobile based weight management program that provides customized diet plans and exercises, in 2011. FitHo has recently been acquired by Practo, an Indian health care startup that helps patients find doctors and book appointments online. [Full Story]

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Medical Education meets Google Glass

Google Glass is being adopted in anatomy labs at U-M as an avenue for hands-free and immediate access to information. The inventor of Glass, ECE alumnus Babak Parviz (MSE PhD EE; MSE Physics), anticipated these types of applications and has described how the Glass technology is changing what it means to know something when answers can be nearly instantaneous. Also mentioned in the article about Glass and medical education are alumni Larry Page (BSE CE), Founder of Google, and Tony Fadell (BSE CE), who is currently leading the team exploring the future of Google Glass. [Read more about Dr. Parviz and the development of Google Glass] [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

CE Alum Jon Fraleigh Named New Executive at BrightPoint Security

Jon Fraleigh (BSE CE ྎ) has been named senior VP of worldwide sales at BrightPoint Security (formerly Vorstack), a leading Threat Intelligence Platform provider for automation, curation, and sharing of threat intelligence to fight cyber threats. He was most recently senior VP of worldwide sales at Q1 Labs/IBM Security Systems Division, where he grew revenue from $10 million to $200 million over six years, and expanded sales into more than 90 countries. [Full Story]

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Bay Area CSE Alumni and Friends are Invited to Join Us for Tech Talks

Bay Area CSE alumni and friends are invited to join us for tech talks, conversation and hors d'oeuvres including Zingerman's from Ann Arbor on May 7th. More info and registration here. [Full Story]

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Advancing Computation: 4th U-M Alum Wins Turing Award

With the recent announcement of Michigan alumnus Michael Stonebraker as the 2014 Turing recipient, we'd like to recognize Stonebraker and three other Michigan alumni Frances Allen, Edgar Codd, and Stephen Cook who are recipients of this honor, extending a legacy of impact by Michigan alumni on the field of computing. [Full Story]

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Duo Security Raises $30 Million To Protect Enterprises Against Data Breaches

Ann Arbor-based Duo Security, the two-factor authentication startup founded by CS alums Dug Song and Jon Oberheide, wants to do more to help protect companies from hackers trying to gain access to their networks. With that goal in mind, its launching a new product to secure their networks and announcing $30 million in new funding led by Redpoint Ventures. More in this article on Techcrunch. [Full Story]

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Michael Stonebraker Receives ACM Turing Award

Michael Stonebraker (MS EE '66, PhD CICE '71) has been named the recipient of the 2014 ACM A.M. Turing Award for fundamental contributions to the concepts and practices underlying modern database systems. The ACM Turing Award, widely considered the Nobel Prize of Computing, carries a $1 million prize with financial support provided by Google, Inc. It is named for Alan M. Turing, the British mathematician who articulated the mathematical foundation and limits of computing. [Full Story]

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Irma Wyman: Computer Pioneer and Advocate for Women in Engineering

Irma Wyman (BSE EngMath 49) was a pioneer in the field of computers, beginning with her work on some of the earliest programmable machines ever made. As the first female vice president at Honeywell, she knew success - but she also knew firsthand how rare she was to succeed in a field where women were scarce. Now, at 86 years of age, she remains a strong advocate for equal opportunity for women. [Full Story]

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Alumnus Erin Teague Listed Among 25 Women to Know in 2015

Erin Teague (BSE CE '04) was listed in Rolling Out Magazine as one of the top 25 woman we should know in 2015. Erin is the director of product management at Yahoo! The article, part of a celebration of International Women's History Month, describes the barriers she's broken in the industry. Previously, she was named among the 100 Coolest People in Tech by Business Insider. (Check out a previous Q&A with Erin for more in-depth info here.) [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Diversity and Outreach  Women in Computing  

EECS Alums are Flying High with Drone Startup Skyspecs

SkySpecs, the startup that develops and produces autonomous aerial vehicles for commercial and industrial use, continues to grow within the drone industry. The founders recently won the first place prize of $500,000 in the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition and joined a four-month accelerator program in New York City. [Full Story]

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Research Paper by Stephen Plaza Published in Nature Scientific Journal

Stephen Plaza (CSE PhD 2008) co-authored a paper published in Nature entitled, "A visual motion detection circuit suggested by Drosophila connectomics". The paper identified cellular targets for future functional investigations, and demonstrated that connectomes can provide key insights into neuronal computations. [Full Story]

Research Paper by Smita Krishnaswamy Published in Science Magazine

A research paper by Dr. Smita Krishnaswamy (CSE PhD 2008) was recently published in Science Magazine entitled, "Conditional density-based analysis of T cell signaling in single-cell data". The article focuses on single cell data to obtain a better understanding of how cells process signals. [Full Story]

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UM Computer Science Alumni Create Cribspot.com

Three former University of Michigan students are making a name for themselves in the growing Ann Arbor startup scene with cribspot.com. The startup helps college students find suitable places to live, while also helping landlords manage their properties. [Full Story]

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Alumni Explore Lots of EECS-related Engineering with Their Kids

Three hundred and eighty alumni and children visited North Campus June 26 and 27 as part of the Xplore Engineering summer camp, with many of the activities related to or hosted by EECS. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

CSE Alum Dongyoon Lee Selected for ProQuest Dissertation Award

CSE PhD alumnus Dongyoon Lee has been selected as the recipient of the ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation award from the Rackham Graduate School for his dissertation, "Holistic System Design for Deterministic Replay." The award recognizes exceptional and unusually interesting work produced by doctoral students in the last phase of their graduate work. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  

Hector J. Garcia Selected for Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

Recent alumnus Dr. Hector J. Garcia (CSE PhD 2013) has been selected for induction into the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. The Society is a network of preeminent scholars who serve as examples of scholarship, leadership, character, service, and advocacy for students traditionally underrepresented in the academy. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

CSE Alumna Mona Attariyan Selected for Ritchie Disseration Award

Dr. Mona Attariyan (CSE PhD 2012) has received the inaugural Dennis Ritchie Doctoral Dissertation Award from ACM SIGOPS for her dissertation, "Improving Software Configuration Troubleshooting with Causality Analysis." [Full Story]

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Alumni have fun exploring engineering with their kids

Ninety Michigan Engineering alumni brought their children or grandchildren to a day-long summer camp this past August 9, called Xplore Engineering. The event offered a day of experiential learning through a selection of nine different workshops hosted by the different engineering departments. Here in EECS, they were introduced to the world of Nanotechnology and Robotics. [Full Story]

Tony Fadell: From Apple to Nest Labs, Always a Designer

Anthony Fadell graduated from U-M with a degree in computer engineering, and moved to Silicon Valley to pursue his fortune. He eventually landed at Apple, where he led development of the iPod, and later became strategic advisor to Steve Jobs. After leaving Apple to spend more time with family, he founded Nest Labs and created the self-programming Nest Learning Thermostat. [Full Story]

Computer Engineering Alum Marius Eriksen Featured in Wired

Marius Eriksen, 2004 BSE in Computer Engineering and Principal Engineer at Twitter, is profiled in Wired as a leader in the tech industry. His recent project Finagle is being used to rewrite Twitter. [Full Story]

CSE Alum Co-Founds Goal-Tracking Company Beeminder

Need a little help to stay on track with your life goals? CSE alum Daniel Reeves (CSE PhD 2005) has created Beeminder, an on-line service that leverages your monetary pledge to help you stick to your goals. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Michigan @ ISSCC 2013 - Alumni and Friends Mixer

The 5th Annual University of Michigan Alumni and Friends Mixer at ISSCC (International Solid-State Circuits Conference) was a great success as old and new friends gathered to discuss the day, catch up with friends, and simply relax together. Alumni in the area are always invited, and several came to reconnect with their Maize and Blue colleagues. [Full Story]

Founded By CS Alums, DeepField Grows in Ann Arbor

DeepField, the cloud analytics company founded by computer science alums Joe Eggleston and Craig Labovitz, is establishing a new office in the Liberty Street Technology Corridor and will hire additional engineers. [Full Story]

CSE Alum and Entrepreneur Azarias Reda Delivers Best Pitch at SXSW

Meritful, a startup conceived by CSE alumnus and entrepreneur Azarias Reda (PhD CSE '12), has placed first and won $100,000 in prizes in the new business pitch competition at the South by Southwest Conference in Austin, Texas. [Full Story]

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Duo Security Introduces Hardware-Level Security, Grows More Than 400%

Ann Arbor-based Duo Security, founded by alums Dug Song (CS BS 1997) and Jon Oberheide (CSE PhD 2011) has announced new hardware-level security for recent Android phones and record growth in sales. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  

CSE Alum Niels Provos Forges Viking Weaponry

Niels Provos (MSE PhD CSE 2000, 2003) is a cryptographer and Principal Software Engineer at Google who spends his weekends forging Viking swords. Read about it and see the video in this article from Wired. [Full Story]

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Kyla McMullen, First African American Woman to Graduate from Michigan with a CSE PhD

Kyla McMullen, CSE MSE 2007, PhD 2012, has become the first African American woman at the University of Michigan to graduate with a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering. She is now an Assistant Professor at Clemson University's School of Computing. [Full Story]

CSE Alums Launch Ann Arbor-Based Cloud Data Company

CSE alums Joe Eggleston and Craig Labovitz have launched DeepField, an Ann Arbor-based startup that analyzes big data from the cloud to help content providers and carriers make smarter business decisions. The two were previously at EECS tech transfer spinout Arbor Networks. [Full Story]

CSE Alum Azarias Reda Working on New Venture

Recent CSE Ph.D. Azarias Reda and CE undergrad Jack Schultz are in the early stages of launching a new social media website for high school students called Meritful. [Full Story]

Duo of CSE Alums Form and Grow Security Company in Ann Arbor

Computer science alums Dug Song and Jon Oberheide founded Duo Security, which provides hosted two-factor authentication service, two years ago. Today, the Ann Arbor-based company serves over 500 customers in 40+ countries around the world. [Full Story]

Gaming Legend Sid Meier Shows College Students How It Is Done

Sid Meier, the man behind one of the most successful real-time strategy (RTS) games of all time, spent two weeks at the University of Michigan teaching students how to make games. [Full Story]

Computer Science Alum Stephanie Forrest Selected for ACM Newell Award

U-M Computer and Communication Sciences PhD alumna Stephanie Forrest, Professor of Computer Science at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, has been selected to receive the ACM/AAAI Allen Newell Award for 2011. [Full Story]

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CSE Alum Jon Oberheide Named one of 30 Under 30 in Technology by Forbes

Jon Oberheide, CSE PhD 2011, has been named one of 30 leading young innovators in the technology space by Forbes for his work in exposing vulnerabilities in the Android mobile operating system, and for his role in founding Duo Security. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  

CSE Alum Sushant Sinha Named One of 18 Young Innovators Under 35 in India

Sushant Sinha, CSE PhD 2009, has been named one of 18 remarkable young technology innovators in India by MIT's Technology Review India. [Full Story]

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David Papa Receives EDAA Outstanding Dissertation Award

Dr. David Papa (CSE Ph.D. 2010) has been selected to receive the 2010 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the European Design and Automation Association. [Full Story]

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EECS Alum is a CS Pirate-Entrepreneur

EECS Alumnus Nick Yang has started three successful software companies in China, and has a fourth in mind. He loves building a fast ship, recruiting a crew, and developing software that changes people's lives. [Full Story]

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Visualization Graphics Selected

CSE grad David Adams is now a PhD candidate in Physics at U-M, and has been using graphics for visualization of his research since taking Prof. Sugih Jamin's EECS 487 Interactive Computer Graphics course. The American Physical Society recently highlighted this image from David in their image gallery.
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CSE Alumna Selected to Receive Outstanding Dissertation Award

Dr. Smita Krishnaswamy (CSE Ph.D. 2008) has been selected to receive the 2009 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the European Design and Automation Association. [Full Story]

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EECS Alumnus Returns to Ann Arbor to Run Mobile Software Company

Greg Schwartz, Founder and CEO of Mobatech, has returned from New York City to Ann Arbor, with its U-M connections, to run Mobatech. [Full Story]

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Joe Runs Across America for MS

Joe Fairchild (BSE CE '06) is trying to raise $25K for multiple sclerosis, as he runs/walks across the country.
Visit his website
Article in the Michigan Daily
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CSE Alumnus Kai-Hui Chang Receives Dissertation Award

CSE alumnus Kai-hui Chang has been awarded the 2009 ACM SIGDA Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award in Electronic Design Automation. [Full Story]

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Alumnus Avi Rubin responds to recent news about weaknesses in the e-voting machines

Avi Rubin (BS CCS; MSE CSE; PHD CSE) was not surprised to hear that the electronic voting machines used in California (and elsewhere) are vulnerable to being hacked and having the voting results changed. In fact, he brought to light many vulnerabilities in the Diebold machines back in 2003, before the election that employed more of these machines than ever before.

Prof. Rubin is a professor computer science at Johns Hopkins University, specializing in computer security and privacy, especially electronic voting. He is the director of NSF ACCURATE Center, a multi-institution voting research center, and recently published the book, Brave New Ballot: The Battle to Safeguard Democracy in the Age of Electronic Voting. Read more about his responses to security problems in electronic voting machines on his blog.

[Read the official California Report]
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Eric Chown leads team to RoboCup victory

Eric Chown was a member of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory when he graduated with his PhD in Computer Science and Engineering. He is now on the faculty of the Computer Science Department at Bowdoin College in Maine, and recently led his robotics team to an international victory in the RoboCup 2007 competition. My goal is to make science fun and exciting and attract young people, said Chown in an interview with CNN.[Read the CNN Article]
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Usama Fayyad Named 2006 ACM Fellow

Usama M. Fayyad (PhD, CSE), Chief Data Office and Senior Vice President, Yahoo!, was named a 2006 ACM Fellow, "For contributions to machine learning, data mining and knowledge discovery."
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Kunle Olukotun Named 2006 ACM Fellow

Kunle Olukotun (PhD CSE), associate professor at Stanford University, was named a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), "For contributions to multiprocessors on a chip and multi threaded processor design."
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David Pennock Named Top Technology Innovator

David Pennock (PhD, CSE 99), Senior Research Scientist at Yahoo! Research, was recently named to Technology Review's list of 35 top technology innovators under age 35. Pennock states that his goal is to develop creative technologies that help position Yahoo! at the forefront of innovations in Internet e-commerce and related scientific endeavors. For additional information, please see his personal web site, and the citation. David did his thesis with Michael Wellman of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

Governor's Award to Mobius Microsystems, Inc.

Mobius Microsystems, Inc., a firm founded by Michael McCorquodale (MSE EE 2000, PhD EE 2002), was honored May 17, 2005, at the eighth annual Business Success Celebration. Gov. Granholm honored Mobius with an award for, "Largest Job Creation by a High-Technology Company."

Located in Detroit, MI, McCorquodale is Chief Executive and Chief Technology Officer of the firm, founded in 2002. [Full Story]

Homecoming 2003, A Success

Not only did the football team solidly trounce the Illini 56 to 14 at Homecoming Weekend this year but the EECS Alumni Society made some great strides as well.

We held our first tailgate party before the game and attendance was good. Thanks to the College of Engineering, four tables were designated EECS Society and were filled nearly to capacity throughout the party. It was a chance to greet old friends and to make many new ones--and all this with plenty to eat as well. Especially noteworthy were the block M decorated sugar cookies which tasted particularly good during the football game.

But the tailgate party wasn't all we had the opportunity to experience this year. On Thursday evening some of us attended the Recruiting Orientation meeting where we learned how we could support the College in encouraging new students to enroll in our Department. A tasty buffet followed with lots of interesting discussions with the students at the Student/Alumni Networking Dinner. Getting a chance to talk to the students was a pleasant and fulfilling experience. We can all be proud of them. There is no doubt that the University is still attracting bright and highly motivated students.

On Friday, the forum on "Wireless Communications," which included our fellow graduates, Mark Abel, BSE EE, Tony Fadell, BSE CE and Scott Kliger BSE CE on the panel, was extremely interesting and timely. It seems it won't be too long before the world is linked firmly together without wires. At noon, the Society held its annual executive committee meeting as part of the Lunch in the Departments event. The status of the Society was reviewed, its future discussed, and Mark Abel and Allen Oh were elected to the Board of Directors. The meeting ended just in time to attend the Dean's College of Engineering update. Particularly interesting was his description of the plans for our new Computer Science Building and the major addition to the Solid State Laboratory. Afterwards we had a chance to hear five of our former (and present) deans, Van Wylen, Ragone, Duderstadt, Vest, Banks and Director, discuss some of the interesting things that happened during their terms in the College.

Later, some of us attended a seminar by Michael Stonebraker, one of this year's EECS Alumni Honorees, while others took the North Campus walking tour. My how the North Campus has changed, if you haven't been back for a while you'd be amazed--you really should plan to visit sometime.

In the evening, we attended the Alumni Society Awards Dinner where our graduates Michael Stonebraker, MSE EE and PhD CICE, and Robert Trew, MS, PhD, were given the EECS Alumni Honoree awards and Eric Aupperle, BSE CICE, received the Alumni Medal for 2003. We're quite proud of their very impressive accomplishments.

Saturday rounded out the weekend with an interesting tour of the Central Campus, the Tailgate party, and the successful football game.

For those of you who missed all these great events--perhaps next year? In the meantime, keep in touch with the Society. And if you're not a member, please go to the membership page and join. We need your input and support, especially in these our formative years when we are still trying to define our goals and establish what would most benefit you, the alumni.

Go Blue!
Bill Becher
Society President
MSE 1961, PhD 1968

Eric Aupperle Named Alumni Medal Recipient for 2003

Eric Aupperle
Alumni Medal Recipient for 2003 (UM, College of Engineering)
BSE 1957 EE, University of Michigan

As President of Merit Network, Inc., Aupperle played a vital role in the formation of the Internet by developing and operating NSFnet, the precursor to today's Internet. He is currently President Emeritus of Merit Network and has been recognized for his achievements with prestigious awards such as the IEEE's "Third Millenium Medal" and the IEEE Southeastern Michigan section's "Outstanding Engineer of the Year Award."

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