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Jul 18, 2014
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]


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Mar 07, 2014
Alumni Spotlight-Dawson Yee: Kinect-ing Xbox to the World

Dawson Yee (MSE EE 87) was the Hardware System Engineer and Architect for Xbox 360 Kinect and Xbox One Kinect. Xbox 360 Kinect became the best-selling product in consumer electronics history - selling more than eight million units its first holiday season and extending the capabilities of Xbox well beyond a pure gaming machine. [Full Story]

Mar 03, 2014
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]

Dec 20, 2013
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]

Nov 12, 2013
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]

Nov 04, 2013
Steve Mollenkopf: What it takes to lead in technology

Steve Mollenkopf (MSE EE '93), President and COO of Qualcomm, Inc., presented a standing-room only talk to faculty and students when he returned to campus as the 2013 ECE Alumni Merit Award winner. Watch his talk, What it takes to lead in technology, and the brief Q&A session that we recorded. [Full Story]

Sep 05, 2013
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]

Jul 23, 2013
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. [Read the New York Times article]

Jun 26, 2013
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]

May 07, 2013
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]

Apr 03, 2013
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]

Mar 29, 2013
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]

Mar 21, 2013
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]

Mar 11, 2013
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]

Mar 11, 2013
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]

Feb 06, 2013
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]

Aug 14, 2012
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]

Aug 10, 2012
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]

Aug 07, 2012
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]

Jun 06, 2012
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]

May 01, 2012
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]

Jan 20, 2012
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]

Mar 11, 2011
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]

Feb 22, 2011
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]

Jul 06, 2010
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]

Mar 05, 2010
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]

Feb 09, 2010
U-M Alum Who Helped Develop Android Returns to Ann Arbor

U-M alumnus Karl Rosaen, who helped develop Google Android, has returned to Ann Arbor to launch a new web-based company, RealTimeFarms.com. [Full Story]

Jan 24, 2010
Mobius Microsystems Sold to IDT

Michael McCorquodale (MSE PHD EE '00 '04), CTO and founder of Mobius Microsystems with PhD advisor Richard B. Brown, just sold Mobius to the global company IDT. Students may be interested in his talk last semester about commercializing research. [Full Story]

Nov 05, 2009
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]

Sep 30, 2009
Joe's Run 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

Aug 27, 2007
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]

Aug 03, 2007
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]

Feb 05, 2007
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."

Feb 05, 2007
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."

Oct 18, 2005
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.

May 31, 2005
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]

Feb 13, 2005
EECS Alumni at MTT04

EECS faculty and alumni had a great time gathering at the International Microwave Symposium in Fort Worth, TX this past June 8, 2004. This years conference was called, Microwave Frontiers, and many of those at the meeting have been at the frontier of microwave research for years.

The EECS Department has had a great influence on the MTT society for many years, said Prof. George Haddad, who enjoyed seeing many of his colleagues and past students at the event. From administrative positions in MTT, to being the recipients of MTT awards, EECS is very well represented both from the perspective of faculty and students. Some of those who attended the event include UM faculty: George Haddad, Gabriel Rebeiz, Linda Katehi (now Dean at Purdue), Jack East, and UM alumni who are now faculty at other institutions, including Bob Trew, Mahhu Gupta, and Rhonda Flemming. Others came for the reunion alone just to visit with everyone. Paul Bauhahn traveled with his wife from Minnesota, and Bill Schroeder came from the east coast.

Chuck Krumm, who will have his hand in organizing the next reunion, said it was a great pleasure to be reunited with so many former friends, students and colleagues. While the success of the individuals in this group was truly impressive, their collective success is clearly attributable to the outstanding education they received during their years at Michigan. It was exciting as well to meet the more recent EECS graduates and to learn that they are fully prepared to carry on the tradition of Michigan engineering accomplishments.

Bob Trew, current MTT president, enjoyed seeing not only his past graduate students, including Mike Golio and Alfy Riddle, but the new UM grads. UM must have, by far, the single largest contingent of people attend the IMS, which is really saying something about the quality of the EECS program, said Trew.

One of these newer grads is Rhonda Franklion Drayton, assistant professor at the U. of Minnesota. I had a great time seeing old classmates and catching up with them and their lives, said Rhonda. I feel that Michigan did a good job preparing me for a faculty job, especially in the areas of research and supervision of others.

Including spouses, friends, and special guests, there were approx. 80 individuals at the reunion. Trew, one of the on-site organizers, gives special thanks to Dr. Jack East, and others, who had their hand in organizing the event.

The event was so successful, it has been made into an annual event. If you are in Long Beach, CA next June, be sure to stop by!

For a selection of photographs taken at the event, please go to: https://www.eecs.umich.edu/eecs/alumnisociety/MTT-EECS-Alumni-OnTheWeb/index.htm

Jan 15, 2004
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

Oct 10, 2003
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."

Sep 01, 2003
Homecoming Weekend - Oct. 16-18, 2003

Homecoming promises to be a great weekend! It will be a chance for many of us to get together, renew old friendships, update ourselves on what has been going on in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and at the University, watch our beloved Wolverines trounce the Illini, and so much more!

The EECS Alumni Society will have a table at the College of Engineering Tailgate Party on Saturday, October 18, prior to the football game. We hope this table - a place for EECS alums to meet and talk -- will become an annual tradition. And remember that this year it will be just one of the many great events planned for the College of Engineering's celebration Years of Engineerng Excellence". Think of it! The College has been around for 150 years! And the EECS Department has been around for quite a long time, too -- since 1895, that's108 years, which isn't bad considering when electricity was first made practical. For more details see a brief summary of the EECS history.

Since we're still making final arrangements for Homecoming Weekend, remember to visit the EECS Alumni Society website often. And before you forget it, sign up for the Michigan Engineering Alumni Weekend so you can share with us the many other events that will be taking place, including the Engineering Alumni Society Awards Dinner where some of our fellow alumni will be honored and the many other exciting events planned. For all the details and a registration form, go to the College of Engineering web site.

I hope to see you there!

Bill Becher

Society President

MSE, PhD

Jul 22, 2003
EECS Alumni Stonebraker and Trew Named 2003 Honorees!

As part of Alumni Weekend, two EECS alumni will be honored as recipients of the College of Engineering's Alumni Society Merit Awards. This year's recipients are Dr. Michael Stonebraker and Dr. Robert Trew. They will receive their awards at the College of Engineering's Awards Dinner on Friday, October 17th.

Michael R. Stonebraker
Alumni Society Merit Award Recipient for 2003 (UM, College of Engineering)
MSE 1966 EE, University of Michigan
Ph.D. 1971 CI & CE, University of Michigan

A leader in information management, on both a theoretical and practical level, Stonebraker has founded four companies, been a member of the faculty at the University of California-Berkeley for twenty years, and is currently an adjunct professor at MIT. He founded Ingres Corp. in 1980. The company's primary product, INGRES, became a leader in the field of relational database management systems.

Robert Trew
Alumni Society Merit Award Recipient for 2003 (UM, College of Engineering)
MS 1969, University of Michigan Ph.D. 1975 EE, University of Michigan

As a researcher, Trew has developed important technologies and theories in the areas of semiconductors and microwave computer-aided design. From 1997 to 2001, Trew served director of research for DoD, providing scientific leadership and oversight for the agency's annual $1.3 billion military and defense research programs. He is currently Chair of the ECE Department at North Carolina State University.

Jun 30, 2003
Society Executive Committee Changes

The EECS Alumni Society welcomes Dr. David C. Munson, Jr., the new chair of the EECS Department effective June 1. Dr. Munson, who also will serve on the Society executive committee, comes to us from the the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. His research interests span a variety of topics throughout the field of signal and image processing. His research has concentrated on computational imaging, i.e. on systems that use computers to calculate images from data acquired by sensors. Examples of such systems include computer tomography, synthetic aperture radar, radio astronomy, and hybrid optical/digital systems. Munson has been especially involved in research on synthetic aperture radar, where recent projects focused on radar imaging of the moon, radar imaging of a runway from a landing aircraft, and on a new form of 3-D radar for imaging objects having complicated geometries.

Dr. Munson replaces Professor Richard B. Brown, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Engineering, who, while serving as Interim Chair of the Department, established the EECS Alumni Society. In addition to serving as Interim Chair for the past two years and spinning off two companies from the University, Dr. Brown has been supporting and advising 15 Ph.D. students in SOI microprocessor design, low-power mixed-signal microcontrollers, circuits to minimize gate and subthreshold leakage in advanced CMOS processes, and solid-state sensors for neurotransmitters and for heavy metals such as lead and arsenic. He is planning to take a long-overdue sabbatical next year. The Society is particularly grateful to Dr. Brown for taking the initiative in establishing the Society and for his ongoing encouragement.

Catharine June, who has served as Executive Secretary to Professor Brown during his time as Interim Chair, will continue working with Professor Brown, and will therefore step down as Society Secretary. Ms. June has been a valuable and tireless contributor to the Society administration and will be greatly missed. We wish Catharine well and expect that she will continue to be a strong supporter and friend.

The Society also welcomes Stacie Printon, the new Executive Secretary to the Chair and replacement for Catharine as Society Secretary.

The Society also welcomes Mr. Nicholas B Slovan, an undergraduate EECS student, who was recently appointed to serve on the Executive Board as the Society Student Representative.

For anyone else who is eager to become active in the Society, many other opportunities are available, including the position of Publicity Chair on the Executive Committee. Please contact Stacie, sprinton@eecs.umich.edu if you are interested in helping out.

Bill Becher, Society President

MSE 61, PhD 68

May 19, 2002
Internet Protocols Book Published

Title: INTERNET PROTOCOLS -Advances, Technologies and Applications

Authors: Dr. Subrata Goswami

Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers, kluwer@wkap.com ISBN 1-4020-7476-X, List Price $125.00

Abstract: IP technology has progressed from being a scientific topic to being one of the most popular technologies in networking. Concurrently, a number of new innovations and technological advances have been developed and brought to the marketplace. These new ideas, concepts, and products are likely to have a tremendous influence on businesses and on our everyday lives. This book addresses many of these newer technological developments and provides insights for engineers and scientists developing new technological components, devices and products. New developments in Mobility, Storage, Telecommunications, etc. are explored in substantial details. Unlike many other books that go very deep into one area, this book covers the essentials of many different areas and at the same provides ample depth for the interested reader. Another distinguishing feature of the book is how IPv6 is treated on equal footing as IPv4 whenever applicable. The book makes extra effort to place IP protocols and principles in practical context through many real world examples of software, hardware, systems and network implementations. The book is about 400 pages and divided into 10 Chapters.

May 18, 2002
Keven O'Conner Receives 2002 CSE Alumni Society Merit Award

Kevin O'Connor, Chairman and co-founder of DoubleClick Inc., received the 2002 Alumni Society Merit Award. As co-founder, Kevin has grown DoubleClick from two people working in a basement to a global corporation that employs almost 1200 people. He oversees new market development, long-term strategic direction, and the overall vision of the digital marketing solutions company. Before founding DoubleClick in 1996, he co-founded the Internet Advertising Network (IAN). The software technology pioneered by IAN paved the way for the creation of Doubleclick and the first full-service Web advertising network.

May 17, 2002
Larry Page Honored with 2002 Alumni Society Award

Larry Page (BSE CE 95), co-founder and president of Google, Inc. has been awarded the 2002 Alumni Society Recent Engineering Graduate Award by the College of Engineering.

After graduating from UM, Larry went to Stanford to pursue his PhD. There, he teamed up with fellow doctoral student Sergey Brin to create the Internet search engine, Google. Based on it's PageRank algorithm, Google brought a new level of speed and accuracy to information retrieval on the Internet.

As Google's founding CEO, Page grew the company to 200 employees and profitability before moving into his current role as president of Products. He continues to share responsibility for Google's day-to-day operations with it's current CEO, Eric Schmidt, and co-founder Brin.

An East Lansing native, Page's father was a professor of computer science at Michigan State University. At UM, Larry received many leadership awards, and served as president of the Eta Kappa Nu honor society. He built a programmable plotter and inkjet printer out of Legos.

In 2002, MIT Technology Review magazine named Larry Page a "Young Innovator Who Will Create the Future", and a "World Economic Forum Global Leader for Tomorrow".

May 16, 2002
Recent Interview With the Society President

Reporter: I've scanned around the various pages of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Alumni Societys website and it seems to answer many of the questions about the Society. When did it go on-line?

President: It's good to hear you say that. Getting the word out about the Society was our main objective. Although there is still much work to be done before our organization is operating the way we hope it will, the website provides an outline of a few of the many exciting things we have planned. It was published on January 31 of this year, thanks to the outstanding help from Catharine June and others.

Reporter: How did the Society get started?

President: Mainly through the efforts of Professor Richard B. Brown, Department Chair, who could see the potential benefits of a departmental alumni society. He called a meeting of all interested departmental alumni and friends during Homecoming Weekend last October and, as a result of that meeting, the EECS Alumni Society formally came into existence with the adoption of bylaws and the election of officers.

Reporter: Who are the officers?

President: Theyre listed elsewhere on the website but here is the list. Bill Becher, President; Shelia Hermami, Vice President; Steve Schwartz, Treasurer; Catharine June, Secretary; and Board of Directors: Jamie Phillips, Rob Rutenbar, Navnit Shah, and Don Walker. Professor Richard Brown is, of course, Department Chair and Professor George Haddad is the Faculty Liaison. Two positions remain to be filled, Publicity Chair and Student Representative. Were hoping to fill those positions shortlythat is, as soon as our members volunteer to take on these responsibilities.

Reporter: I see you have a Student Representative. I thought this was an Alumni organization?

President: We thought involving students in the organization would create benefits both for the Society and the students. Getting the students involved in the Society before they graduate will, hopefully, influence their continual interest in the Society after graduation. It will also help make the Society better aware of the needs of the students, and help us focus our support on those needs. Examples of this is the mentoring program and career assistance activities.

Reporter: Mentoring and career assistance. What do you have in mind for these?

President: As students progress through their program, questions often arise not only about technical matters but also about career choices. Since our Society membership is made up of professionals in the field, we thought it would be a good idea to connect the students with these professionals. The alumni can benefit too, by identifying future employees for their organizations. We plan to make the Mentoring and Career Assistance programs available exclusively to departmental students and Society members, which should provide a degree of confidentiality and serve as additional motivation for students and alumni to join the Society.

Reporter: What other types of activities are you planning?

President: Well, naturally, we are planning the usual alumni activities: honoring our fellow alumni, getting together at a tailgate party during Homecoming Weekend, ultimately having our own Society newsletter, linking the faculty and alumni together so they might share common interests, and much more. Were also thinking of offering departmental tours and special lectures during Homecoming Weekend so our alumni can see all the great things our department has been doing.

Reporter: Its interesting that you did not mention gifts and donations among the activities youre planning. Isnt the Society interested in that sort of thing?

President: (Laughs) Certainly it is. We expect the Alumni to continue to support the Department, the College and the University through generous contributions as they have done in the past. Our treasurer, Steve Schwartz, has been working hard setting up procedures and methods for gift-giving. I suppose the omission reveals my philosophy and approach to organizing the Society. I did not want the Society to become simply a solicitor of financial contributions. Instead I wanted to emphasize its other goals, objectives such as: the mutual benefits--socially and intellectually--between our alumni, students, faculty and friends; camaraderie within the membership; and all those other activities beneficial to our professional and academic community.

Reporter: What are the major needs of the Society at this time?

President: Im glad you asked. As I said earlier, this website was our initial effort. I thought we needed to describe what our goals and objectives are and to establish a preliminary outline of where we planned to go so potential members could see what we are about. Now that those objectives have been established, we need to get the word out about the existence of the Society so we can increase our membership base.

And most importantly, we need help in carrying out all our presently planned activities. That is, we need volunteers, persons willing to serve on our committees and spend the time necessary to get the various efforts rolling. Identifying potential helpers has been one of the most frustrating parts of my job so far. Frankly, I just dont know enough of our members personally to make assignments. We need our members to volunteer. Those interested in helping should forward a note to our Society Secretary at EECS-Alumni-Society@umich.edu listing the activities they would be interested in supporting and a brief description of why they believe they would be particularly effective. The amount of time they could devote would be helpful, too. Ill do my best to match volunteers to assignments. Our most pressing needs currently are for Publicity Chair; Student Representative; Newsletter Editor and members of the networking committees including mentoring, career assistance and notes and the events committees including Homecoming Weekend departmental tours, get-togethers and the tailgate party. If anyone would like to discuss any of these further or has any other ideas they can contact me personally at becher@eecs.umich.edu.

Reporter: Well, it certainly sounds as if the Society is off to a good start. I wish you much success.

President: Thanks! We believe we have the makings of a great organization and look forward to a rapid increase in its activities and member benefits.

May 15, 2002
Note from the Society President

Welcome to the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Alumni Societys home page. The Society already has many exciting projects and activities in the works and is planning many more for the future. Re-visit this page often to see what is in store.Although Ill be describing some of these events in future notes, for now Ill simply say how excited I am to be able to lead the Society in its early stages of organization, development and planning. The Society promises to be a vibrant organization producing many benefits for the Alumni, the Students, the Department, the College and the University. It is an organization where friends can meet, where helpful ideas and assistance can be exchanged, and where everyone has an opportunity to express their gratitude to this great university.But for these plans to develop successfully we need your help; we need you to become an active member in the Society! To do this, go to the Membership page and sign up. Do it while you are thinking about it. Its FREE so no need to put it off. And then volunteer to serve on a committee or become an officer. As our membership grows larger, the better and more effective the Society will become with your help. And while youre thinking about it, go to the College of Engineering Alumni page and Update Your Contact Information there, too.You can also help us by telling other Electrical Engineering and Computer Science graduates and friends about this website. Encourage them to sign up too. The Society is open to all of our graduates, students and friends.I look forward to hearing from you and meeting you at our next get-together. Until then - Go Blue!

 



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