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Six teams of ECE researchers make the finals at AP-S/URSI 2019

Second Prize overall went to doctoral student Xiuzhang Cai for his radar target classification research applicable to autonomous vehicles. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Antennas  Autonomous Vehicles  Communications  Grbic, Anthony  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Sarabandi, Kamal  Sensing and Sensors  Tsang, Leung  Wireless Systems  

Counting snowflakes for better water resource management

Mostafa Zaky has built an award-winning model that helps estimate the amount of water stored in snowpacks, which could improve climate change and flood forecasting, as well as overall water resource management. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Sarabandi, Kamal  Sensing and Sensors  Sustainability and Environment  

Building community through clean energy with GRID Alternatives

From Long Beach, CA, to a Nepalese national park and world heritage site, undergrads Ashley Gee and Camille Burke came away with unforgettable experiences and a greater appreciation for how engineering can change the world for the better. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Energy Science and Engineering  Power and Energy  Student Teams and Organizations  Sustainability and Environment  

Two U-M students receive scholarships from the International Society for Optics and Photonics

Hanzhang Pei (ECE) and Darwin F. Cordovilla Leon (Applied Physics) were selected for their potential contributions to the field of optics, photonics or related field. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Deotare, Parag  Galvanauskas, Almantas  Graduate Students  Steel, Duncan  

Huanting Huang improves accuracy of remote sensing

Huang won the Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Computational Electromagnetics for her work developing better electromagnetic models that calculate microwave interactions with tree and vegetation cover. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Sensing and Sensors  Tsang, Leung  

Nooshin M. Estakhri receives the Helen Wu Award

Estakhri is a PhD student studying quantum optics and its potential to impact communication and biomedical imaging. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Communications  Graduate Students  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Optics and Photonics  Quantum Science and Technology  

Michigan takes first place at Exoskeleton Competition

The STARX suit helps first-responders bear greater weights and spend less energy. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Michigan Mars Rover Team has best ever finish at the annual University Rover Challenge

MRover placed 7th overall at the annual challenge where rovers use AI to navigate tough terrain while collecting soils samples to practice testing for evidence of life in the universe. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Space technology  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Samir Nooshabadi looks to close the terahertz gap for better communication

As an undergrad, Nooshabadi designed tiny transmitters with big potential and received fellowships from the Department of Defense and the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Afshari, Ehsan  Communications  Undergraduate Students  

Amateur radio continues to connect the world

U-M's amateur radio club, headquartered in ECE, offers engineering challenges and a chance to network with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and strangers both on the other side of the world and those orbiting it. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Communications  England, Anthony W.  Mortazawi, Amir  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Awards for outstanding graduate student instructors and instructional aides of 2019

To honor the work and integral help of the top Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) and Instructional Aides (IAs) in Electrical and Computer Engineering, the division held a special awards ceremony on Friday, May 17, 2019. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Undergraduate Students  

Glen Chou receives the NDSEG Fellowship to improve the safety of autonomous systems

PhD student Glen Chou is focused on ensuring that autonomous systems, including cars and robots, never threaten human safety. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Autonomous Vehicles  Berenson, Dmitry  Control Systems  Graduate Students  Ozay, Necmiye  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Elizabeth Hou recognized for her research on detecting anomalies in traffic networks

PhD candidate Elizabeth Hou was awarded an honorable mention for her presentation at the Michigan Student Symposium for Interdisciplinary Statistical Sciences on her research that could help monitor nuclear nonproliferation. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Hero, Alfred  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  

Mehrdad Moharrami aims to advance our understanding of the world with better mathematical models

For his creative, ambitious, and impactful dissertation, PhD student Mehrdad Moharrami receives the Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Data and Computing  Graduate Students  Liu, Mingyan  Subramanian, Vijay  

Xin Zan wins the Towner Prize for his work advancing wireless power transfer

PhD student Xin Zan is helping to free the world from cords, which could advance implantable medical devices, autonomous electric vehicles, and consumer electronics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Avestruz, Al-Thaddeus  Graduate Students  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Power and Energy  Wireless Systems  

Milad Zolfagharloo Koohi receives IEEE MTT-S Fellowship to advance 5G communications

PhD student Milad Zolfagharloo Koohi is working to make smartphones faster and smaller through his research in the field of RF devices. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Communications  Graduate Students  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Mortazawi, Amir  

Michigan Electric Racing Revs Up

This summer, Michigan Electric Racing will race their first all-electric car in Formula-style competitions they plan to win. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Automotive industry  Electric Vehicles and HEVs  Hofmann, Heath  Student Teams and Organizations  Sustainability and Environment  Undergraduate Students  

Students Journey to Silicon Valley for ECE Expeditions

The spring Expeditions trip took students into the heart of Silicon Valley where they met with U-M alums including CEOs, toured a variety of companies, and received behind-the-scenes tours. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Events (Post Event Writeups)  Graduate Students  Undergraduate Students  

Laura Andre brings the engineering community together

PhD student Laura Andre is recognized by the College of Engineering with the Distinguished Leadership Award for her outstanding contributions to the college, university, and community. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Optics and Photonics  Student Profile  

PhD student Md Salman Nazir works to improve the power grid and research papers

Nazir is recognized by the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems for his outstanding reviews of recent papers. He works at the Michigan Power and Energy Lab. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Power and Energy  Sustainability and Environment  

Unravelling the mysteries of bacterial communication

ECE PhD student Navid Barani received the IEEE APS Doctoral Research Award for his work modeling how bacteria use electromagnetic waves to communicate, which could lead to medical breakthroughs. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Graduate Students  Health and Safety  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Sarabandi, Kamal  

Undergrad Michelle Gehner engineers better ways to explore new worlds

Gehner's academic career includes advancing power electronics and crafting new extraterrestrial vehicles for MRover. She received the IEEE Power and Energy Society Scholarship for her promising future in power and energy. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Avestruz, Al-Thaddeus  Electronic devices  Power and Energy  Space technology  Undergraduate Students  

Women Engineers lift up next-generation

The Society of Women Engineers took students to the Women Engineers conference, where engineers from diverse backgrounds shared their stories to inspire and encourage young engineers to break barriers and advance the field. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Events (Post Event Writeups)  Student Teams and Organizations  

Crafting better digital systems with ECE PhD student Jie-Fang Zhang

Zhang is recognized with the Chia-Lun Lo Fellowship for his work designing hardware solutions that could help support computer vision and machine learning. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Computer Vision  Computer-Aided Design & VLSI  Graduate Students  Machine Learning  Student Profile  Zhang, Zhengya  

ECE student Brandon Russell explores space phenomena in a lab

PhD student Brandon Russell is awarded the Rackham International Student Fellowship for his research on magnetic fields in high-energy plasmas, which could help advance the development of clean energy and our understanding of energetic astrophysical phenomena. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lasers and Optics  Plasma Science and Engineering   Student Profile  Willingale, Louise  

Hacking the perfect melody

Project Music brought together students from all backgrounds across the university to originate musically-inspired creations for the first Music Makeathon. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Events (Post Event Writeups)  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Miniature satellites to maximize global communication

Havel Liu is working on a project to revolutionize satellite systems, improving communications during natural disasters and providing a blueprint for receiving future interplanetary voicemails [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Student Profile  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

ECE students display their research at the 2018 Graduate Engineering Symposium

Students' projects encompassed a wide variety of fields: revolutionizing energy systems, advancing technologies, and improving cybersecurity. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Events (Post Event Writeups)  Graduate Students  

Four students earn awards at 2018 IEEE APS/URSI

Four University of Michigan graduate students won Honorable Mentions at the 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI Radio Science Meeting. This is the flagship conference for those researching antenna, propagation, and radio sciences, with over 2,000 authors presenting their work. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Antennas  Graduate Students  Grbic, Anthony  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Sarabandi, Kamal  Sensing and Sensors  Tsang, Leung  Wireless Systems  

Mars Rover Team tackles major redesign, places in top 10 at competition

The U-M Mars Rover Team brought a new remote astronaut assistant to the University Rover Challenge in the desert of southern Utah, pulling off a 9th place finish out of 36 competing international teams and 3rd out of the US teams. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

M-Fly's season ends with top-10 finishes, new autonomous plane

The M-Fly student aircraft design team provides undergraduates the opportunity to design, build, present, and test real-world aerospace projects. This year was extremely productive, with the team building more planes than ever, including its first autonomous craft. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Xin Zan wins two awards for wireless power transfer research

Xin Zan, a University of Michigan PhD student advised by Professor Al-Thaddeus Avestruz, has won two awards for his research on high-frequency wireless power transfer related to implanted medical devices and peer-to-peer wireless charging. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Avestruz, Al-Thaddeus  Power and Energy  Wireless Systems  

Jiyue Zhu awarded Wiesnet Medal for improved snow algorithms

Jiyue Zhu was recognized for an award-winning method that will help us better understand how much snow is on the ground. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Sensing and Sensors  Tsang, Leung  

Paper award for training computer vision systems more accurately

PhD student Jean Young Song earned a Best Student Paper Honorable Mention at the Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI 2018) conference in Tokyo. Her paper, "Two Tools are Better Than One: Tool Diversity as a Means of Improving Aggregate Crowd Performance," offers an improved solution to the problem of image segmentation in computer vision by introducing a new way to think about leveraging human effort. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Vision  Graduate Students  Lasecki, Walter  

Exoskeletons compete to boost strength of rescue workers

U-M's STARX team hosted the first Applied Collegiate Exoskeleton (ACE) Competition, where teams from five schools gathered to tune-up, learn, and demonstrate their powered mechanical suits, which augment the wearers strength and abilities. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Events (Post Event Writeups)  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  Student Teams and Organizations  

Stephanie Crocker Ross receives Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship

Stephanie Crocker Ross, a PhD candidate advised by Professor Johanna Mathieu, received a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship, which supports outstanding doctoral students working on unusually creative, ambitious and impactful dissertations. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Mathieu, Johanna  Power and Energy  Sustainability and Environment  

Mengqi Yao receives High Quality Paper Award at PowerTech Conference

Mengqi Yao, a University of Michigan PhD student advised by Professor Johanna Mathieu, recently won a High Quality Paper Award at the PowerTech Conference for her paper, Using demand response to improve power system voltage stability margins. Yao researches power system stability and how demand response, as opposed to changing supply during a disruption, can improve this stability. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Mathieu, Johanna  Power and Energy  

Xiang Yin receives honorable mention for ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award

Xiang Yin (MSE PhD EE:S 2013 2017) received an honorable mention for the ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award. Yin, now Associate Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, researched cyber-physical systems and discrete-event systems with Professor Stphane Lafortune. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cyber-physical systems  Lafortune, Stephane  

Students win prizes for improving image processing techniques for liver cancer detection and much more

Students in EECS 556: Image Processing, explore methods to improve image processing in applications such as biomedical imaging and video and image compression. The techniques are fundamental to companies such as KLA-Tencor, which offered prizes to two teams of students. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fessler, Jeffrey  Graduate Students  Medical Imaging  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

Huanting Huang and the mathematical shape of trees

Huang, a University of Michigan PhD candidate studying electrical engineering under Professor Leung Tsang, works in remote sensing. Because of her award-winning mathematical modeling, we will better understand our natural environment through knowing the shapes of trees. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Sensing and Sensors  Student Profile  Sustainability and Environment  Tsang, Leung  

Awards for outstanding graduate student instructors and instructional aides of 2018

We honored the GSIs and IAs who students ranked as the best, sometimes better than the professer, the day before commencement. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Andrew Wagenmaker awarded NSF Fellowship for machine learning

Andrew Wagenmaker (BSE MSE EE 16 17) was recently awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to continue research on machine learning. Wagenmaker will utilize the award as he pursues his doctoral degree at the University of Washington this fall in Seattle. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Student Profile  

Kyle Min awarded Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement

Kyle Min, a master's student soon to be a PhD in electrical engineering, works on using computer vision to analyze body camera footage from law enforcement officers with Professor Jason Corso. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Vision  Corso, Jason  

Sijia Geng awarded Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement

Sijia Geng, PhD student in electrical engineering, researches trajectory sensitivity and adding renewable energy to microgrids with Professor Ian Hiskens. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hiskens, Ian  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Student Profile  Sustainability and Environment  

Installing an alternative on spring break

The GRID Alternatives Students for Sustainable Energy traveled to the La Jolla Indian Reservation outside of San Diego, California, to perform a solar installation of over 10kW on three homes during spring break, with plans for much greater in the future. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Power and Energy  Student Teams and Organizations  

2017-18 Undergraduate Student Awards

Students, parents, and faculty gathered on Friday, March 16, 2017 to celebrate the achievements of EECS students who earned a special award for academic achievement, research, service, or entrepreneurial activities. Dave Neuhoff, Senior Associate Chair for Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Brian Noble, Chair for Computer Science and Engineering, presented the awards. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

ECE Expeditions Travels to Seattle

On the fourth trip of ECE Expeditions, students took a journey around Seattle to meet with alumni and get an insiders view of several companies, coming away with new opportunities, a better understanding of their future, and a stronger community. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Events (Post Event Writeups)  

Ali Mostajeran earns IEEE-SSCS Predoctoral Achievement Award

Ali Mostajeran, visiting scholar from Cornell University, received a 2018 IEEE-SSCS Predoctoral Achievement Award award. Mostajeran works with Prof. Ehsan Afshari researching novel millimeter-wave and terahertz electronics for imaging, biomedical hydration sensing, and communication applications. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Afshari, Ehsan  

Battling Drone Ships with Anthony Uytingco

Anthony Uytingco, a junior in Electrical Engineering, leads UM::Autonomy, Michigans RoboBoat team for the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems Internationals (AUVSI) RoboBoat Competition. Challenges for the boats include speeding around buoys, navigating a field of obstacles, staying in a precise formation, and docking based on an underwater pinger. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles  Student Profile  Student Teams and Organizations  

Off-Roading in Sand and Snow with Shivani Shah

Shivani Shah (BSE 2017, MSE 2018) is a key member of the Michigan Baja Racing team. Shahs expertise in electrical engineering allowed her to lead the development of an electronically controlled variable transmission (eCVT), a project she launched in EECS 473. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Automotive industry  Control Systems  Student Profile  Student Teams and Organizations  

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