Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

ECE Department News

ECE Students and alumni celebrate research and progress at the 2014 Engineering Graduate Symposium

New ideas abounded at 2014s Graduate Symposium, the College of Engineerings annual event to highlight research and engage prospective graduate students. ECE researchers had a strong presence at this year's event, comprising nearly 80 of the day's more than 240 presentations. Several of these placed first or second in their field in the poster presentation contest. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Prof. Ted Norris Receives Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award

Prof. Norris was recognized for his consistently outstanding achievements in scholarly research, sustained high quality teaching and mentoring of students and junior colleagues, and for his distinguished service to the University and professional community. He will receive the award at a special ceremony October 6, 2014. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Norris, Theodore B.  

MABEL at the Chicago Field Museum

MABEL, the record-breaking bipedal robot who was taught to walk and run by Prof. Jessy Grizzle and his team, has arrived at the Chicago Field Museum, where she will part of the biomechanics exhibit through January 2015. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics and Computer Vision  

3 ECE Companies on Silicon 60 List

EE Times announced their Silicon 60, the top 60 startup companies it is worth watching, and three of those companies were co-founded by ECE faculty. Ambiq Micro, Inc. (David Blaauw and Dennis Sylvester); Crossbar Inc. (Wei Lu); and PsiKick Inc. (David Wentzloff) are leading the way in ultra-low-power chip design, pioneering computer memory, and ultra-low power wireless sensor platforms for the Internet of Things. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Lu, Wei  Sylvester, Dennis  Technology Transfer  Wentzloff, David  

Dipak Sengupta (1931-2014): In Memoriam

Dr. Dipak L. Sengupta, former research scientist and treasured friend of the department, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014 at the age of 83. Dr. Sengupta came to the office nearly every day, including Saturday mornings. Faculty and staff alike will miss his cheerful and gentle presence in the building. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

CROSSBAR Closes Series C Funding of $25M; Oversubscribed Round Validates Companys Readiness to Scale

Crossbar, Inc., a start-up company pioneering Resistive RAM (RRAM) technology, today announced it has completed a $25 million Series C funding in an oversubscribed round. The company was co-founded by Prof. Wei Lu, who also acts as Chief Scientist. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Electronic devices  Entrepreneurship  Lu, Wei  

US students learn langar lessons from Golden Temple

Prof. Jasprit Singh arranged for U-M students to visit the Golden Temple in India to learn the concept of "langar," or community kitchen. They are learning how volunteers work together to prepare meals for 60,000 people everyday, the power that draws participants who serve and were served, the role played by merchants and farmers in the 'langar' and 'daswandh' (donating 10% of earnings). [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Singh, Jasprit  

Students to Use IBM Watson Cognitive Computing System in Class

Students in Dr. David Chesney's course this fall will use IBM's Jeopardy-winning Watson system to develop apps that help children with special needs. This opportunity arose following a conversation between Eric Michielssen, Assoc. VP for Advanced Research Computing and EECS Professor, and IBM Watson group VP and computer science alum Mike Rhodin. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Chesney, David  Engineering for the Greater Good  

The Annual Slaying of the Dragon

Students were hungry for this years St. Georges Day Feast. It happens every year the day before the last day of classes a day when the faculty serve the students, and battle the dragons! [Full Story]

Hands-On Robotics (video)

Prof. Shai Revzen presents his Hands-On Robotics course (EECS 498). Watch the students in action as he describes: teaching philosophy, what makes for a great team, how to enhance collaboration across teams, even unexpected ways to get a great grade (wackiness allowed). [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Revzen, Shai  

England appointed dean of CECS at UM-Dearborn

Prof. Tony England, ECE faculty member, former astronaut, and most recently Assoc. Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering, has been named Dean of UM-Dearborn's College of Engineering and Computer Science. He has served as Interim Dean since May 2011. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  England, Anthony W.  

Advanced Smart Sensor Networks Open up a Multitude of Applications

A recent article in Electronic Design addresses the synergistic relationship between sensor networks and the Internet of Things, and references some of our extensive contributions in the area (WIMS Center research, Michigan Micro Mote, Infrastructure Monitoring). ECE faculty (and alumni) are still leading the charge in this area, as well as related research in compact radios, neuromorphic computing, energy harvesting, sensor networks, etc. [Full Story]

Ask Anything: What Happens In Your Computer When You Turn It On?

No, the little mouse inside it does not start scrambling around. Prof. David Blaauw describes the circuit that plays a role in turning on your computer, and then keeps it from getting confused, in a brief article in Popular Science. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  

Jasprit Singh on Technology and Wellness (video)

Prof. Jasprit Singh, author of 10 textbooks in the area of semiconductors, physics, and related topics, as well as 3 books about culture and yoga, talks about his recent interest in using technology for wellness. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Singh, Jasprit  Technology and Wellness  

Asteroid mining could be useful to space travel

Prof. Brian Gilchrist, an expert in space tethering, spoke to The Michigan Daily about asteroid mining. This activity is the focus of the startup company Planetary Resources, where his former student Hannah Goldberg is helping to plan their first space mission. [more about Hannah Goldberg from the lastest issue of EECS News] [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Gilchrist, Brian E.  

State Farm Gift Supports Student Projects Lab

State Farm has donated $50,000 to support and enhance the activities of the Student Projects Lab in the Beyster Building, which is home to both the Embedded Systems Hub, a shared resource for the development of projects with embedded systems, and MSuite, the student mobile applications development group. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Brehob, Mark  

Fawwaz Ulaby to Deliver Henry Russel Lectureship

Prof. Ulaby mapped the carbon trapped in our nation's forest from space-based radar, and he makes a point to meet with every one of the nearly 200 students in his courses each semester. He will discuss both pillars of his career research and teaching in his upcoming Henry Russel Lecture at 4 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Rackham Amphitheater. This lectureship is one of the universitys highest honors for a senior member of its active faculty. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Ulaby, Fawwaz  

Smartphone as mentor: How tech could change behavior

Students at Michigan are developing smartphone apps to enhance mindfulness, attention, and learning, as well as mental and physical health, in Prof. Singh's newly-developed course. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Mobile Computing  Singh, Jasprit  

Students See the Music in EE

Agilent featured the course, EECS 314, on their Educator's Corner. The course, designed by Dr. Ganago, teaches EE to non-EECS majors, with a little help from music. [Full Story]

Congratulations 2013 Class of PhDs

After powering through equipment failures, false starts, discovering surprising breakthroughs, writing papers, giving presentations, mentoring students, receiving awards, but most importantly, accomplishing groundbreaking research , these students received their doctoral degrees in 2013. [Full Story]

Lab Safety - do not let this happen to you!

Have you ever worked in a lab or wanted to work in a lab? Have you ever worked near a lab or wondered what goes on in one? The ECE Safety Committee is committed to keeping students safe in the labs and in their work environments. To emphasize the importance of safety in the lab, ECE created a series of 4 brief videos to emphasize the importance of specific aspects of lab safety. We hope you laugh, learn, and share the message. [Full Story]

Welcome new students

Our staff has been very busy welcoming our new students to ECE. 215 new graduate students are getting to know each other and the program. New undergraduate students will declare next year, but they are part of one of the largest, most diverse, and best prepared classes ever to enter the College of Engineering. [Full Story]

Workshop to Chart the Future of Nano and Micro Manufacturing

A recent workshop on Nano and Micro Manufacturing brought together more than 140 nano/microscale device and material manufacturers, researchers, and end users of these technologies to discuss how to rapidly and effectively translate university research into practical products. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Gianchandani, Yogesh  LNF  MEMS and Microsystems  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Technology Transfer  WIMS/WIMS2  Wise, Kensall  

Solid-State Circuits Magazine Publishes Special Issue with Lynn Conway Memoir of the VLSI Revolution

Professor Emerita Lynn Conway, who revolutionized Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) design, has been featured in a special edition of IEEE Solid-State Circuits Magazine. The issue includes her 24-page memoir and related articles by colleagues who offer their perspectives on the VLSI revolution. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Conway, Lynn  

Arbor Photonics acquired by nLIGHT

Arbor Photonics, co-founded in 2007 by Prof. Almantas Galvanauskas, was recently acquired by nLIGHT, a semiconductor laser maker. Prof. Galvanauskas, who will be on their technical board, "pioneered the development of a proprietary technology it calls Chirally-Coupled Core (3C)." The technology "is said to enable state-of-the-art high-power fiber lasers with peak powers of up to 100 kW." [Optics.org article] [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  

Production Systems Engineering, Chinese Edition

Prof. Semyon Meerkovs book, Production Systems Engineering, co-authored by former student Dr. Jingshan Li (PhD EE:Systems 2000), was translated into Chinese and published by Beijing Institute of Technology in 2012.
Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

Seminar/Webinar on Wireless Implantable Microsystems: Creating a Revolution in Health Care

Professor Kensall Wise from the University of Michigan will give a seminar and webinar based on a plenary presentation made at the Solid State Sensors, Actuators, and Microsystems Workshop. The title of his talk is "Wireless Implantable Microsystems: Creating a Revolution in Health Care" The event will be held in room 1005 of the EECS Bldg starting promptly at 3pm. If you wish to attend online, the registration is at

[Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

EECS Summer Picnic

The annual EECS picnic was June 22, 2012. It was a perfect day for faculty, staff, students and family members to gather at a local park, cook out, eat, and play games. There was wading in the Huron River, a balloon toss, tug of war, volleyball games, 3 legged races, bouncing gym, and slide. Enjoy the photos! [Full Story]

A gift for all time: Ernest and Bettine Kuh Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award

Faculty, students, and friends and family of Ernest and Bettine Kuh gathered together April 25 to dedicate the Ernest and Bettine Kuh Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award. The first recipient of this award is Prof. Tony Grbic. [Full Story]

Wireless Integrated MicroSensing and Systems (WIMS2) in California

A recent outreach event held in Sunnyvale, CA raised the visibility of the WIMS2 research program in Silicon Valley. In total, the attendees represented more than 45 different companies ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 firms. Initial indications are that several new projects will be initiated because of this meeting. [Full Story]

Graduating students make their marks locally, globally: A Michigan engineer pays it forward

Christopher Boyd is graduating with his UG degree in electrical engineering. He has spent much of his college career here giving back trying to instill in his fellow students an excitement for the field and the skills to succeed in it.

Thanks and Congratulations to Chris - and to all of our graduating students!!! [Full Story]

Ambiq Micro and Cyclos Semiconductor, 2 EECS startups, join the EE Times 60 Emerging Startups list

Ambiq Micro, specializing in intelligent energy-efficient ICs, was founded in 2010 by Profs. Blaauw, Sylvester, and EE alumnus Dr. Hanson. Cyclos Semiconductor, specializing in resonant clock-mesh technology for IC design, was co-founded in 2004 by Prof. Papaefthymiou. [more about Ambiq Micro] [more about Cyclos Semiconductor] [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Papaefthymiou, Marios  Sylvester, Dennis  Technology Transfer  

2012 St. Georges Day Feast - an EECS Tradition!

In a tradition that dates back to 1987, faculty served lunch to students, the Chairs slew a dragon, awards were presented, and a good time was had by all. [Full Story]

Computer Vision Course is Part of a Groundbreaking Online Initiative

An open and free online course on Computer Vision co-taught by Prof. Silvio Savarese and Prof. Fei Fei Li of Stanford will be offered as early as July 2012. The course is offered through the education company called Coursera, founded in 2011 and dedicated to providing free online courses taught by world-class faculty from the top universities. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

ACE Innovator of the Year Award goes to Dr. Michael McCorquodale

After nearly 15 years pursuing an idea that others thought a dead-end, Dr. Michael McCorquodale (MSE PhD EE '00 '04) is earning awards for his vision and leadership in bringing a new technology to market. He was named Innovator of the Year at the 2012 UBM ACE Awards event, and the company for which he is General Manager, IDT, received an Ultimate Products award in the category of analog ICs. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Local students see science and engineering in action with MABEL, the bipedal robot

When students from the Michigan Technical Academy came to the University to discover some of what goes on in engineering, they discovered fun, football, and physics. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

Engineering at Michigan (video)

Michigan Engineering's newest video captures the pace of activity of our students and faculty! In this video, catch the Solar Car, Formula SAE racing, Jessy Grizzle and the robot MABEL, Fred Terry, the Lurie Nanofabrication Facility, and much more! Watch the video and find out who said, "It would be a disaster if it broke." [Full Story]

Celebrating the Birth of a New Science

On October 26, 2011, close to 500 participants packed the Michigan League Ballroom for a symposium celebrating the 50th anniversary of the birth of Nonlinear Optics. Applications of nonlinear optics range from fiber-optic communications to biological imaging and homeland security. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Winful, Herbert  

Nonlinear Optics at 50: A Symposium

As the birthplace of nonlinear optics, Michigan is proud to host a one-day symposium on October 26th which will bring together some of the pioneers in the field and showcase the current state of the art in nonlinear optics. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  

E-Waste event is tomorrow at Pioneer H.S.

Free e-Waste Events May 2011: Recycle ResponsiblyPublic e-Waste Event Saturday, May 7, 9am2pm at Pioneer High School, 601 W. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103 [Full Story]

2011 St. Georges Day Feast - an EECS Tradition!

In a tradition that dates back to 1987, faculty served lunch to students, the Chairs slew a dragon, awards were presented, and a good time was had by all. [Full Story]

U-M Alumni and Friends Mixer at ISSCC 2011

The University of Michigan Alumni and Friends mixer at the 2011 International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) reunited faculty, students, colleagues and friends at this annual event. See photos and other information by following the link. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Engineers rebuilding Liberias universities and infrastructure

USAID is funding a 5 yr, $18.5M effort to rebuild Liberia after 15 years of civil war. Leading the engineering effort at U-M is Prof. Herb Winful. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Winful, Herbert  

Shaping the Sound of Bronze in Tishman Hall

On Monday, December 13, student teams from an ENG 100 Design course called "Shaping the Sound of Bronze" held an open house in CSE's Tishman Hall. [Full Story]

Intel Donates Computers to EECS to Support Research and Teaching

Intel Corporation has donated funds to EECS for computers to support research and teaching in the areas of Computing Systems and Logic Design. [Full Story]

Nader Engheta to present ECE Distinguished Lecture

Nader Engheta, H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor of Electrical & Systems Engineering at the U. of Pennsylvania, will give the lecture, "Taming Light and Electrons with Metamaterials," Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 at 4:00 pm, 1670 CSE [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

U-M Tech Transfer Office Program for Entrepreneurs

This video story features Ambiq Micro and Scott Hanson (PhD EE 2009), CEO and co-founder of the company along with Prof. David Blaauw and Prof. Dennis Sylvester. Ambiq Micro is called one of the most promising companies that mentor-in-resident Dave Hartmann has worked with recently. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Prof. James Meindl Delivers Lecture on Nanotechnology

Prof. James Meindl, pioneer and leader in microelectronics and microsystems research and education, was on campus recently to deliver the William Gould Dow Distinguished Lecture. You may watch his lecture, entitled, Nanoelectronics in Retrospect, Prospect and Principle, and hear his predictions for the future of nanoelectronics. Video
Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Three EECS Students Receive Predoctoral Fellowships

Mojtaba Mehrara conducts research in compiler technology.Ashutosh Nayyar conducts research in communication and sensor networks.Scott Rudolph conducts research in negative-refractive-index media.

Connect with EECS through Social Network Links

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