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Tony Fadell Leaves Silicon Valley Behind

Tony Fadell (BSE CE 1991) searches for investments for his venture firm Future Shape while he continues to build roots in Paris and recommends against Silicon Valley. [Full Story]

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Jing Xiao Will Lead WPI Robotics Engineering Program

Jing Xiao (MS PHD CICE 1984 1990) will join Worcester Polytechnic Institute in January as Director of the Robotics Engineering Program, which was the first such program when it began in 2007. Xiao is currently Professor of Computer Science at University of North Carolina. [Full Story]

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Claude Shannon: Juggling Ones and Zeros

His inventions spanned the spectrum from playful to paramount, from robotic Rubik's cube solvers to a flame-throwing trumpet. [Full Story]

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Ambiq Micro Powers the Latest Huawei Wearables

Scott Hanson (BSE MSE PhD EE), founder and CTO of Ambiq Micro, developed the Apollo2 platform to efficiently run application code and process sensor data with minimal power, allowing for more uses between battery charges. Because of its performance, Huawei uses the Apollo2 in its latest fitness wearables, including the Huawei Band 2 Pro. [Full Story]

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Putting Headphones Back on New iPhones

Dr. Allan Evans (MSE PhD EE 2007 2010), co-founder of Avegant, launched a new Kickstarter project with Eric Migicovsky, the Pebble smartwatch creator. The team created an iPhone battery case with room for the easy-to-lose AirPods. [Full Story]

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Hygieia Expanding Access to Better Insulin Management

After success with patients in Northern Ireland, Hygieia led by CEO Eran Bashan (PhD EE:S 2008) signed an agreement with Spirit Healthcare to offer its digital insulin guidance throughout the United Kingdom. [Full Story]

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Smart Contact Lenses and Eye Implants Will Give Doctors Medical Insights

Microsensors and flexible electronics in smart lenses offer a closer look at diabetes and glaucoma. ECE alum Babak Parviz (MSE PhD EE 1997, 2001) is a pioneer in the area of smart lenses. He worked director at Google and launched the Verily-Alcon smart-lens project, which worked to measure the glucose in tears. [Full Story]

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ECE Alum Steven McLaughlin Named Dean of Engineering at Georgia Tech

Steven W. McLaughlin (PhD EE:S 1992), the Steve Chaddick School Chair and professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech, has accepted the role of Dean in their College of Engineering, effective Sept. 15, 2017. [Full Story]

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Rick Bergman, CEO of Synaptics giving tech a sense of touch

ECE alum Rick Bergman (BSE EE 1986), CEO of Synaptics, is working to make tomorrows technology user friendly, safe, and reliable. The company hopes to lead what they call the human interface revolution, and has over 1900 granted and pending patents for common human interface technologies like touch sensors, display drivers, and biometric sensors. Their track record includes the first touchpad to replace a computer mouse, adopted by Apple in 1994. [Full Story]

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For Jack Schultz, it's good to be back on the golf course

Jack Schultz (BSE CE 2012) of Whitefish Bay, golfer and former Big Ten Freshman of the year at Michigan, quit playing because he developed the driver yips. After a break of several years he has started playing and winning again. [Full Story]

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Peter S. Fuss: From Michigan to Leading a Global Network Technology Company

Peter S. Fuss (BSE EE 1956; MS EE 1960, NYU) was a student at Michigan when drafting classes were mandatory, and computers were made with vacuum tubes. But his solid foundation and curious nature led him to make lasting contributions first at Bell Labs, and then as a founder and president of Tellabs, International, a subsidiary of Tellabs, Inc. [Full Story]

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Peter and Evelyn Fuss Endowed Chair of ECE

Peter and Evelyn Fuss created a Michigan ECE legacy when they endowed the Peter and Evelyn Fuss Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Believing in the power of creativity and quick action, the Fusses wanted to give the department maximum flexibility to respond to new initiatives and special needs wherever and whenever they arose. They are especially interested in expanding student diversity. [Full Story]

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Elmer Gilbert: A Life in Control

Alumnus and former U-M faculty Elmer G. Gilbert (BSE MSE EE ཰ ཱ, PhD Instrumentation Engineering ཱུ) returned to campus in March to deliver a talk about his long career in control systems theory. The talk, called "Reminiscences on My Career in Control," is available to view and has also been transcribed. [Full Story]

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Tencent, Led by Alum Martin Lau, Dominates in China. Next Challenge Is Rest of the World

Martin Lau (BSE EE) is the president of Tencent, the most valuable company in all of Asia. Tencent is the creator of three of the top apps in China (Honor of Kings, WeChat, and QQ), with downloads from 2/3 of the population. As president, Lau is the company's public face and a key business strategist. He joined in 2003 after working as a banker at Goldman Sachs, and earning an MS in EE from Stanford and an MBA from Northwestern. [Full Story]

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ECE Alum Kukjin Chun Earns South Korea's Highest Scientific Honor

ECE alumnus Kukjin Chun (MSE PhD EE ) was honored by the President of South Korea with the Order of Science and Technology Merit, the highest national honor for a Korean scientist and engineer. This Order of Merit is awarded to those who have rendered outstanding meritorious services in the interest of improving science and technology. [Full Story]

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The Power of a lunchbox

From electrical engineering to youngest director of operations, Apple, and now founder and CEO of Vaya Life, ECE alum Vashist Vasanthakumar (BSE MSE EE 05 07) has had quite a journey. He came back to Chennai in 2016 with a goal to reinvent traditional and widely used personal products, starting with one of the most versatile products the lunchbox. [Full Story]

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Alum Dennis Grimard Delivers Commencement Address at Vermont Tech Graduation

Dennis Grimard (MSE PhD EE 1984 1990), a Barre, Vt., native, contributed greatly to the construction of U-M's Lurie Nanofabrication Facility, and now works as the associate director of MIT's nanofabrication lab, MIT.nano. During his address, Dennis choked up as he described his background. He came from a line of farmers, quarry workers and small-business owners who were "always willing to give more than they take," he said. [Full Story]

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Won Pyo Hong, President of Samsung SDS, Presented with Inaugural ECE Alumni Impact Award

Dr. Won Pyo Hong (MSE PhD EE ), President of Samsung SDS, was presented the first annual ECE Alumni Impact Award. This honor, established in 2017, recognizes Dr. Hong for his pioneering work in the personal electronics industry, playing a key role in shaping our world. It is the highest recognition granted by ECE to its alumni. [Full Story]

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Babak Parviz One of 20 Alumni Honored with U-M Bicentennial Award

The University of Michigan presented alumnus Babak Parviz (MSE PhD EE 97 01; also MS Physics 97) with a Bicentennial Alumni Award for his pioneering technological innovations that augment human potential and improve peoples lives. Babak is one of 20 alumni to earn this exclusive award, and one of 10 to accept it at the spring commencement ceremony. [Full Story]

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Vishal Giare Named Air, Missile Defense Mission Area Lead at Johns Hopkins APL

ECE alum Vishal Giare (MS EE:S 97), formerly a program area manager at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, has been appointed as APLs mission area executive for air and missile defense. He now leads the laboratorys efforts to develop ballistic missile defense and anti-air warfare systems for U.S. forces and allies, APL said Thursday. [Full Story]

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ECE Alumnus Kevin Johnson Receives IEEE-USA Award for Distinguished Public Service that is Expected to Help Tech Employees

Kevin Johnson (BSE EE) received the IEEE-USA Award for Distinguished Public Service "For sustained leadership in furthering reform of noncompete agreements in employment contracts." Kevin is working along with the New England Venture Capital Association on legislation to help employees and the Massachusetts economy by banning noncompete agreements. He says that these agreements reduce Massachusetts employee job mobility and income. [Full Story]

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ECE Alumni in Academia

ECE alumni are educating the next generation of innovators all around the world! Check out many of our active alumni in academia. Please contact us to let us know of any we are missing! [Full Story]

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U-M Presents Babak Parviz with Bicentennial Alumni Award

Electrical engineer and Google Glass creator Babak Parviz is widely recognized for revolutionizing communication technology through advances in optics, self-assembly, and miniaturized electronics. Now the Vice President of Amazon, U-M gave the award for his pioneering technological innovations that augment human potential, and thus improve peoples lives. [Full Story]

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Alumnus Mariesa Crow is Looking to the Future of Power

Mariesa Crow (BSE EE 85),is working to power the future through her research on energy storage and microgrids and her commitment to training the next generation of power engineers. The Fred Finley Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and VP for Research at Missouri S&T, Crow came to Michigan to discuss her work as part of the Michigan Power and Energy Lab Seminar Series [Full Story]

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A Q&A with Alumnus Angela Blanton: VP and CFO at Carnegie Mellon University

Angela Blanton (BSE EE 1993) was recently named vice president for Finance and chief financial officer for Carnegie Mellon University. After graduating from U-M, she worked at Delphi and Chrysler Motors Corp. as an electrical engineer. She then returned to academia to earn her MBA from the Tepper School of Busines at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). We asked her a few questions about her career. [Full Story]

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A small team may have just cracked one of the big obstacles facing smart glasses

ECE alumni startup Avegant may have just beat the billion-dollar startup Magic Leap to the first public demonstration of technology that integrates graphics with the real world with depth, so your eyes can focus on virtual objects at different distances. Co-founded by Ed Tang (CTO) and Allan Evans, Avegant first gained fame with their Glyph technology, an all-in-one personal theater. [Full Story]

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Azadeh Ansari Receives ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award for Research in GaN-based Electro-acoustic Devices

Dr. Azadeh Ansari received a 2017 ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award for her dissertation, GaN Integrated Microsystems for RF Applications. This award recognizes exceptional dissertations of outstanding scholarly quality in any field of study. The focus of her dissertation was the design, fabrication, and characterization of novel and advanced electro-acoustic devices and integrated micro/nano systems based on Gallium Nitride (GaN). GaN is the material that led to the development of new high-efficiency lighting and was the focus of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2014. [Full Story]

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Alum Michelle Stock Elected SPIE Fellow for Development of the Photonics Industry

ECE alumna Dr. Michelle Stock (BSE MSE PhD EE 88 90 94) been elected Fellow of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, "for achievements in business development and science policy for the photonics industry." [Full Story]

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Michigan has video game heaven thanks to ECE alum David Carter

David Carter (BSE EE ) serves as a reference services librarian and archivist for the U-M Computer and Video Game Archive. The CVGA features over 7,000 titles everything from time-honored favorites such as Pac-Man and Frogger to newer fare, including Call of Duty and Halo on dozens of gaming systems. Carter was previously was a lecturer at Michigans School of Information and is trained as an electrical engineer, specializing in optics and radio waves. [Full Story]

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Tea beyond the cup

Young Mountain Tea, Fulbright scholar, and ECE alum Adhiraj Vable's (BSE EE ) start-up in Oregon works to create sustainable livelihoods for rural communities in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. [Full Story]

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A Q&A with Rhonda Franklin Connecting Diverse Students

ECE alumnus Rhonda Franklin uses her influence as a faculty member at the University of Minnesota to attract a diverse student population to the STEM field, and her own field of applied electromagnetics. She believes the best research results are achieved from a diversity of backgrounds, something she learned as a graduate student at Michigan and fosters in her own research group at Minnesota. [Full Story]

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Sensors from Head to Toe Todd Coleman Makes Measuring Health Simpler

Prof. Todd Coleman (BSE CE, EE ) thinks theres a way on the horizon for patients in need of regular monitoring to get out of their hospital beds. His group at the University of California San Diego is tackling the challenging problem of getting high-fidelity monitoring to work affordably at home. To answer this need, he and his group have created sensors as thin as skin that can gather data from nearly anywhere. [Full Story]

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Nader Behdad Receives the Inaugural ECE Rising Star Alumni Award for his Transformative Research in Antennas

Nader Behdad knew from a young age that he wanted to make antennas for a living. The son of an electrical engineer working for a national TV broadcasting company, he often had the chance to accompany his father to work. Now the inaugural recipient of the ECE Rising Star Alumni Award, which recognizes younger ECE alums who have achieved early success within their careers, Prof. Behdad (MS PhD EE 03 06) has tackled some of the toughest problems in antenna research. But unlike his father's work, for his applications, they need to be very small - small enough, even, to be used to treat cancer. [Full Story]

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Recent Alum Startup Wins $25,000 at Accelerate Michigan Competition

Movellus Circuits, co-founded by alumnus Muhammad Faisal (MSE PHD EE 2011 2014), won $25,000 awards at the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition in Detroit, in the University Research Highlight and People's Choice categories, respectively. Movellus' prize money will go toward more protection for the intellectual property behind its semiconductor chip optimization software, which has already netted three major customers and significant interest from Silicon Valley. [Full Story]

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Meera Sampath | The Art & the Science of Innovation

Sampath (PhD EE:S 95) earned the 2016 CoE Alumni Society Merit Award for ECE. She is Vice President for Innovation and Business Transformation for Xerox, Corp. In 2009, she became the first director of the Xerox Research Innovation Hub in India where she was responsible for overseeing its creation as well as guiding its research agenda and establishing Open Innovation partnerships. Check out Meera's talk. [Full Story]

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Michael Stonebraker | The Land Sharks are on the Squawk Box

Michael Stonebraker (MSE EE 66, PhD CICE 71) received the 2016 CoE Alumni Medal Award. Stonebraker invented many of the concepts that are used in almost all modern database management systems and founded multiple successful database companies based on his pioneering work. He received the Turing Award "for fundamental contributions to the concepts and practices underlying modern database systems." Check out the talk he delivered on campus [Full Story]

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A temporary tattoo that brings hospital care to the home

What if doctors could monitor patients at home with the same degree of accuracy they'd get during a stay at the hospital? Bioelectronics innovator and alum Todd Coleman (BSE EE ) shares his quest to develop wearable, flexible electronic health monitoring patches that promise to revolutionize healthcare and make medicine less invasive. [Full Story]

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ECE Alumnus Leverages Big Data to Influence Corporate Strategy

Rodger Howell (BSE EE 1990) says data analytics and machine learning can be key to boosting revenues and streamlining financial reporting in this guest column. While many CFOs recognize the value of big data and its insights, some are overwhelmed by the volume of information available and have yet to fully leverage it. Rodger helps companies align costs to their business strategy as an Advisory principal for PwCs Strategy, [Full Story]

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ECE Alumnus Franklin Dollar 2016 Sloan Research Fellow and Most Promising Scientist

Franklin Dollar (MSE EE 2010, PhD Applied Physics 2012), Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy at UC-Irvine, was named a Sloan Research Fellow and Most Promising Scientist in 2016 by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. Prof. Dollar directs the Dollar Lab of Ultrafast High Intensity Plasma Physics. [Full Story]

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ECE alumnus is making unmanned flight safe

Raja Sengupta (MSE PhD EE:S 91, 95), a professor of civil and environmental engineering at UC Berkeley and co-founder of the startup company Responsible Robotics, heads a team spun out of the Cal Unmanned Aviation Lab that is creating new technologies that enable drone operators to easily comply with emerging regulations. To foster the safe development of a new industry, drone manufacturers, enthusiasts and regulators are trying to strike the right balance between access and accountability. Responsible Robotics has launched several products to meet that need. [Full Story]

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Rick and Mara Wallace Establish ECE Scholarship Fund

Rick (BSE EE 1982) and Mara (BA 1988) Wallace have established the Richard P. and Mara F. Wallace Scholarship Fund. This gift qualifies for the University's Michigan Matching Initiative for Student Support, and proceeds from the fund will provide need-based scholarship support to electrical and computer engineering undergraduate students in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. [Full Story]

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Arborlight Names Michael McCorquodale as CEO

ECE alum Michael McCorquodale has been named CEO of Arborlight. Co-founded by Prof. P.C. Ku, Arborlight develops lighting systems that most emulate natural daylight. Dr. McCorquodale returns to Michigan from Californias Silicon Valley where he founded and led several successful firms since 2004. In 2012, Electronic Engineering Times named him Innovator of the Year. [Full Story]

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Tony Fadell Steps Down from Nest

What's the future for Tony Fadell now that he's left Nest? His investments give some insights: synthesized beef, drone operating systems, sensors for drug trials, and semiconductor-based heating and cooling. [Full Story]

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Alumnus Shrenik Mehta to Receive Leadership Award at DAC2016

Accellera Systems Initiative (Accellera), the electronics industry organization focused on the creation and adoption of electronic design automation (EDA) and intellectual property (IP) standards, announced that Shrenik Mehta (MSE CICE 1984) is the recipient of the fifth annual Accellera Leadership Award. The award recognizes Shreniks vision, leadership and contribution to standards development, governance and promotional activities on behalf of the organization. Shrenik is Strategic Programs Director at Synopsys. [Full Story]

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Diabetes in Control: An Interview with Eran Bashan of Hygieia

In an interview with Diabetes in Control, Eran Bashan gave an overview of the d-Nav, an automated solution for insulin management that tailors the insulin regimen to the individual needs of the patient. Eran is CEO and co-founder of Hygieia, and has demonstrated his ability to bring products from ideation to commercialization.
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Science on Tap to feature talk on the unexpected properties of ordinary materials

Babak Ziaie (MSE PhD EE 91 94) will headline next week's Science on Tap at Purdue University with a discussion on the untapped potential of everyday materials. Ziaie has done multiple kitchen-top experiments with Magic Tape, and has discovered intriguing properties that can be used to make inexpensive sensors and tiny robots. [Full Story]

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Tony Fadell: How Can We Design For A Better Experience?

Tony Fadell (BSE CE 91), the designer behind the iPod and the Nest thermostat, delivered a TED Talk on why design is in the details and why designers often get those details wrong. Tony Fadell is a co-founder of Nest. He led the team that created the first 18 generations of the iPod and the first three generations of the iPhone. [Full Story]

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High-efficiency power amplifier could bring 5G cell phones

Alumnus Saeed Mohammadi (PhD EE 00) is working on a new highly efficient power amplifier for electronics that could help make possible next-generation cell phones, low-cost collision-avoidance radar for cars and lightweight microsatellites for communications. Saeed is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Purdue University. [Full Story]

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A cross-cultural journey ends with a life in Fairbanks for ECE alum

Johnny Mendez (BSE EE 95) is influenced by several cultures. Although raised in Venezuela where his father is from, Mendezs mother is Armenian. He moved to Canada while his father did post-doc studies, and eventually made his way to South Carolina for high school and Michigan for his degree in EE. Johnny Mendez was bitten by Alaska while selling posters one summer in Michigan, and made the move to Fairbanks with his wife after graduation. He now works as an engineer in the drinking water program at the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. [Full Story]

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World's fastest silicon-based flexible transistor

Zhenqiang (Jack) Ma, ECE alumnus and Lynn H. Matthias Professor in Engineering and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor in ECE at the University of Wisconsin, reportedly fabricated the worlds fastest silicon-based flexible transistor. He collaborated on this research with Prof. Jay Guo and Tao Ling (PhD EE 2011), now at TE Connectivity. Michigan's role was to use the nanoimprint technique to pattern the transistor channel region. The research was published in Nature Scientific Reports. See also the University of Washington press release. [Full Story]

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