|EECS faculty and alumni had a great time gathering at the International Microwave Symposium in Fort Worth, TX this past June 8, 2004. This year’s 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