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Shayna Simon - From Intern to Full-Time, Making Company Experience Matter

Shayna Simon has been busy. A Michigan native from West Bloomfield and a senior in Electrical Engineering, shes already taken huge steps to getting her career on track after graduation. Shayna recently accepted a job offer at General Motors, and will dive into a position in infotainment there after school. Shell be working on a team serving as a bridge between software and hardware development. [Full Story]
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Student Spotlight: Kyusang Lee: A Leader in Flexible Solar Cell Technology

Kyusang Lee is on the leading edge of flexible electronics. Conducting research under Prof. Stephen Forrest, Kyusang developed an innovative new fabrication technique using an inorganic III/V material (ie, GaAs) to build lightweight, flexible devices not possible with conventional silicon. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  Graduate Students  Solar Cell Technology  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Students host event inspired by study abroad experience

Amid the rushing of students, voter registration representatives and preachers, 13 students stood on the Diag Friday with baskets of food to bring a piece of their study abroad in India back to Ann Arbor. They learned the concept of "langar," which is a shared meal that emphasizes equality, on the trip organized by ECE Prof. Jasprit Singh. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Singh, Jasprit  

Student Spotlight: Tal Nagourney - Exploring navigation

ECE graduate student Tal Najourney is exploring new frontiers in navigation technology. He and others in the group are trying to build a navigation device that doesnt need any external frame of reference, meaning the gyroscope is meant to guide navigation devices without using GPS. He worked with a professional glass blower to hone his technique. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  GPS  Graduate Students  MEMS and Microsystems  Najafi, Khalil  

Cheng Zhang Receives Optical Sciences Scholarship

ECE graduate student Cheng Zhang received the 2014 Michael Pate Optical Sciences Memorial Scholarship. Cheng works with Professor L. Jay Guo on research projects in the field of micro/nano-scale optical device physics and fabrication. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Small Satellite Wins Big

ECE graduate student Iverson Bell took home a check for $7,500 for his second place prize in the 28th Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites. Bell built an electrodynamic tether for space applications. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics  Diversity and Outreach  Gilchrist, Brian E.  Graduate Students  Space technology  

Student Spotlight: Patrick Sheridan - Memristors and the Brain

Patrick is at the frontier of developing memristor devices for neuromorphic computing as a member of Prof. Wei Lus nanoelectronics research group. Taking inspiration from the brain, we look at how neurons are interconnected and share signals, and then we try to replicate that with our memristive devices, said Patrick, Ph.D. candidate in electrical engineering. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lu, Wei  

ECE pays well!

You majored in engineering? Great decision! Electrical and/or Computer Engineering? Even better! According to a study by USA Today, Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering are among the highest paying college majors. There are LOTS of jobs for ECE students, and you can work in virtually any field of interest. [Full Story]

Student Spotlight: Gyouho Kim - A big talent for creating tiny devices

Gyouho Kim is completing his thesis in electrical engineering in the area of ultra-low power VLSI design. He is designing a millimeter-scale visual system that is complete with optics, processing capability and battery. Solar cells are used to harvest the minuscule amount of energy needed to operate. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Graduate Students  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Sylvester, Dennis  

Student Spotlight: Saniya Deshpande - taking it one photon at a time

Saniya Desphande is a PhD candidate conducting research in nanowire and quantum-dot based quantum light sources, LEDs and laser. One specific area of research in which she's already made a big impact is in quantum communications and quantum cryptography. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Student Spotlight: Brian Buss - Controlling MARLO

Brian Buss arrived as a graduate student at Michigan in 2009, wanting to do something in Systems. He first applied his skills to insulin dosing for glucose regulation, and then switched to robotics. He is now working on the bipedal robot known as MARLO. He believes we will one day see bipedal robots like MARLO deployed in situations such as wilderness search and rescue, fire fighting and disaster response. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Grizzle, Jessy  

Student Spotlight: Thomas Frost - First generation college grad goes all the way

Thomas Frost was the first person in his family to go to college, and he's far surpassing that goal as he works on his dissertation in the field of solid-state optoelectronics. He is part of the team working with Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya that recently developed the first room-temperature polariton laser fueled by electrical current as opposed to light. This work could advance efforts to put lasers on computer circuits, leading to smaller and more powerful electronics. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Chia-Hsiang Chen Awarded Intel PhD Fellowship

Chia-Hsiang Chen, a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical Engineering, has been selected to receive a prestigious Intel Corporation Ph.D. Fellowship. His research focuses on designing low-power and error-resilient circuit techniques for communication and computing devices such as cell phones, tablets, and sensors [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Student Spotlight: Nick Asendorf - Matrix Musician

Nick conducts research in the area of machine learning and statistical signal processing under the guidance of Prof. Raj Nadakuditi. He has been employing random matrix theory to create new algorithms that aim to improve multi-modal correlation analysis. He has led the ECE Graduate Student Council and plays the carillon on North Campus. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Parinaz Naghizadeh, Researcher in Economic Network Security, is Named a Barbour Scholar

Parinaz Naghizadeh, a graduate student in electrical engineering, has been named a 2014 Barbour Scholar. She is conducting research in the general area of computer and network security, and more specifically, combining communications with economics to assess the security level of a network and then apply that data to design cyber-insurance contracts. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Communications  Graduate Students  Liu, Mingyan  Networks and Networking  Security (Computing)  

Student teams earn prizes for their ADC circuit designs in EECS 511

Students in the graduate level course, Integrated Analog/Digital Interface Circuits (EECS 511), taught by Prof. Michael Flynn, competed for cash prizes while presenting their final design projects thanks to the support of Analog Devices, Inc. Two winning projects and teams were determined by an expert panel at Analog Devices. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Flynn, Michael  

Award-Winning EECS Student Instructors

The EECS Department held its annual Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) / Instructional Aide (IA) Awards Ceremony on May 8 to honor top student instructors and aides for their remarkable service. According to the student comments, they are "awesome!" [Full Story]
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Student Spotlight: Luis Gomez - An Expert in Computational Electromagnetics and Teaching

Luis Gomez investigates transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and computational electromagnetics under Prof. Eric Michielssen. He has balanced his research with teaching and recently received an Outstanding GSI Award from the department. [Full Story]
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Why Join a Startup?

Abdur Chowdhury, co-founder and CEO of Pushd, founder of an elementary school focused on STEM education, and former Chief Scientist of Twitter, talks about why starting or joining a startup might be the best thing for a newly graduated student. Chowdhury has hired 100s of engineers. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Entrepreneurship  

Students earn prizes for improving image processing in EECS 556

Two teams earned prizes in the graduate level course, EECS 556: Image Processing, thanks to the sponsorship of KLA-Tencor. The course, taught by Prof. Jeff Fessler, covers the theory and application of digital image processing, which has applications in biomedical images, time-varying imagery, robotics, and optics. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Fessler, Jeffrey  Graduate Students  Signal and Image Processing   

Nicholas Clift Named 2014 Graduate Student of the Year

Nick Clift, a master's student in electrical engineering, was named Graduate Student of the Year, which is one of the Michigan Difference Student Leadership Awards sponsored by the Student Life Office. He co-founded Own It, and is a passionate force for social justice and ethical living. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Jason Heebl Receives NDSEG Fellowship

Jason Heebl, a graduate student in the electrical engineering program, was awarded a three-year National Defense Science and Engineering (NDSEG) Fellowship to pursue his doctoral degree in the area of RF metamaterials and wireless power applications. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Grbic, Anthony  

EECS Students Attend National NSBE Convention - Come Back Psyched

Five students attended the 2014 Annual Convention of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and came back excited about their career and newly connected to many professionals in the field. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Undergraduate Students  

gEECS Hosts High School Students at {Girls Code}

Girls in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (gEECS) hosted twenty 9th - 12th grade girls from across southeast Michigan for {Girls Code}, an Arduino Workshop at Michigan. Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping hardware and software platform that can be used to create interactive objects or environments. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Undergraduate Students  

Isabel Martin Received CoE Dist. Leadership Award

Isabel Martin received a 2014 CoE Distinguished Leadership Award for her outstanding leadership and service to the College and community. Her leadership activities include serving as President of the Mars Rover team and founder of the Robotic Exploration of Space Team. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Undergraduate Students  

SWE Hosts G.R.E.A.T. Day for Girls

The Society of Women Engineers Student Section at the University of Michigan held its second annual G.R.E.A.T Day (Girls Research Engineering And Technology) on April 12th for 240 students and parents from states across the Midwest. CS undergraduate Ariana Mirian was a co-chair for the event. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Undergraduate Students  

Christopher Boyd Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

ECE graduate student Christopher Boyd has been awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to support his research in the area of MEMS inertial sensors. He is developing new control architectures for these sensors, including rate-integrating gyroscopes and resonant accelerometers. He also designs chips and the algorithms that control them. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Najafi, Khalil  

David Hong Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

ECE graduate student David Hong has been awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to support his research. He plans to develop new algorithms that are able to uncover hidden trends in massive real world datasets, ranging from healthcare records to personalized learning records. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Nadakuditi, Rajesh Rao  

Student Spotlight: Christopher Boyd - From Robotics to MEMS Inertial Sensors

EE graduate student Christopher Boyd develops, implements, and tests control systems for MEMS inertial sensors, which are used to detect acceleration, vibration, rotation, tilt, and other attributes related to motion sensing. His goal is to implement these control systems using integrated circuits. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  

Mai Le Receives CoE Distinguished Leadership Award

ECE graduate student Mai Le received a 2014 College of Engineering Distinguished Leadership Award for her outstanding leadership and service to the College and community. Mai has served as Community Service Co-chair of the Graduate Society of Women Engineers since arriving at Michigan in 2011, and has created programs for 826michigan. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  

Nicholas Clift receives CoE Distinguished Leadership Award

ECE student Nicholas Clift received a 2014 College of Engineering Distinguished Leadership Award for his outstanding leadership and service to the College and community. Nick received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering just last year, and has an impressive record of service to the community throughout his years at Michigan, most recently as co-founder of Own It. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Student Spotlight: Mai Le - Finding a Better Way to Diagnose Breast Cancer with MRI

EE:S graduate student Mai Le is applying statistical signal processing techniques to improve breast MRI. Her goal is to be able to determine whether a tumor in breast tissue is malignant or benign through imaging alone. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Fessler, Jeffrey  Graduate Students  

Student Spotlight: Nathan Roberts - Enabling the Internet of Things

EE student Nathan Roberts gave up a comfortable life working in industry to return to graduate school, and is now conducting research in one of technology's hottest new fields, ultra-low-power circuits for the Internet of Things (IoT). [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Distinguished Academic Achievement Awards

Nick Asendorf, Armin Jam, and Elaine Wah received the 2014 Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement for their achievments in the graduate programs, Electrical Engineering:Systems, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science and Engineering, respectively. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  

Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors

Hamid-Reza Ossareh and Bryce Wiedenbeck received the 2014 CoE Towner Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors for their instruction in the courses EECS 560 (Linear Systems Theory) and ENGR 151 (Acc. Intro. to Computers and Programming), respectively. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

2013-14 Undergraduate Student Awards

Students, parents, and faculty gathered on Friday, March 14, 2014 to celebrate the achievements of EECS students who earned a special award for academic achievement, research, service, or entrepreneurial activities. Khalil Najafi, Chair for Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Marios Papaefthymiou, Chair for Computer Science and Engineering, presented the awards. [Full Story]
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Investigating a new material to help you stay connected

Seungku Lee, a graduate student in the Electrical Engineering program, received a U-M Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to support his dissertation research on BST FARS. These RF devices will permit significant reductions to the size, cost and complexity of current devices that are part of state-of-the-art communication devices such as smartphones and tablets. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics  Communications  Graduate Students  Mobile Computing  Mortazawi, Amir  RF, Microwave, MM-wave Circuits  

Student Spotlight: Elizabeth Cloos - Ambassador for Optics

Elizabeth Cloos wants to understand how a new interaction between light and matter can generate electricity. But even when she's not in the lab, she finds plenty to keep herself busy, often promoting optics, science, and technology. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  

Paradigm Shifting Research Advances in Sensor Technology

Girish Kulkarni, a graduate student in the Electrical Engineering Program, received a U-M Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to support research that has resulted in a new paradigm in sensor technology. His carbon nanoelectronic heterodyne sensor promises both high-speed and highly-sensitive chemical and biological detection. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Graphene  Health  Security (national and personal safety)  Sensors  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Zhong, Zhaohui  

Keravnos Energy wants to make fast electric vehicle charging economical

Keravnos Energy, LLC wants to give a jolt to the electric vehicle industry by making quick charging electric vehicle (EV) stations economical. The student founders of this startup company, Rupert Tull de Salis and Dimitris Assanis, got their own charge by winning the Erb Award for Environmental and Social Sustainability at the 2014 Michigan Business Competition. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Electric Vehicles and HEVs  Entrepreneurship  Graduate Students  

Muhammad Faisal Wins Business Competition with Technology Critical to the Internet of Things

Muhammad Faisal came to Michigan knowing he wanted to start a company. About to graduate with his PhD in electrical engineering, he has been making some great headway lately by winning the 2014 Michigan Business Challenge. His company is currently called Movellus Circuits, and its product is a patent-pending clock generator technology that is smaller, cheaper and faster than existing solutions. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Internet of Things  Technology Transfer  Wentzloff, David  

Jun-Chieh Wang Receives Best Oral Paper Award for Plasma Research

Jerry Wang, a doctoral student in the Electrical Engineering graduate program, received a Best Oral Paper Award at the 8th Asia-Pacific International Symposium on the Basics and Applications of Plasma Technology (APSPT-8) for his research in plasma microdischarges, such as those found in every day laser printers. He is advised by Prof. Mark Kushner. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Kushner, Mark J.  

Ali Al-Heji Receives Dow Sustainability Fellowship

Ali Al-Heji, graduate student in the Electrical Engineering:Systems program, was named a Dow Sustainability Fellow at Michigan. This interdisciplinary fellowship supports students and scholars who are committed to finding interdisciplinary, actionable, and meaningful sustainability solutions on local-to-global scales. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Gopal Nataraj Receives ISA Fellowship to Support Research that will Improve MRIs

Gopal Nataraj, a doctoral student in the EE:Systems program, received a fellowship from Innovative Signal Analysis, Inc. to support research that aims to generate higher-quality and faster MRI images than is currently available. The result will be improved diagnostics of neurological disorders and autoimmune diseases, shorter periods of time inside MRI machines by patients, and a reduction in healthcare costs. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Fessler, Jeffrey  Graduate Students  Medical Imaging  Medical diagnosis  Signal and Image Processing   

Students rewarded for their circuit designs in EECS 413

The course, Monolithic Amplifier Circuits, has a tradition of offering prizes for the top final projects designed by the students, thanks to the support of industry. This year Tektronix awarded cash prizes to 2 teams for the projects: Adaptive Bandwidth PLL and Inductorless Wideband Balun-LNA. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Undergraduate Students  

Avish Kosari Receives Rackham International Student Fellowship

Avish Kosari, a graduate student in the Electrical Engineering program, received a Rackham International Student Fellowship to continue her studies as a doctoral student in Prof. David Wentzloff's research group. [Full Story]
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Pin-Yu Chen Receives Rackham Chia-Lun Lo Fellowship

Pin-Yu Chen, a graduate student in the Electrical Engineering:Systems program, received a Rackham International Student Fellowship to continue his studies in big data. Mr. Chen is a doctoral student in Prof. Al Hero's research group. [Full Story]
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Byeongseop Song Receives Rackham International Student Fellowship

Byeongseop Song, a second year master's student in the Electrical Engineering program, received a Rackham International Student Fellowship to continue his studies in the area of optoelectronics. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Mridul Mishra Receives Rackham Non-Traditional Fellowship

Mridul Mishra, a graduate student in the Electrical Engineering:Systems program, received a Rackham Non-Traditional Fellowship to pursue his studies in wireless communications. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Students take a Field Trip to a Wind Farm

Students in Prof. Ian Hiskens Electricity Networks and Markets (EECS 598) class and members of his research group recently took a field trip to DTE Energy Companys first company-owned wind farm, called Echo. Students left with a deeper understanding of the reality and challenges of alternative energy. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Alternative Energy  Graduate Students  Wind Technology