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Alumni News

Alumni startup Avegant announces $9.37M funding round - led by Intel

Intel announced $62M in new investments in 16 tech companies. One of those companies is Avegant, founded by ECE alumni Ed Tang and Allan Evans. Avegant is a virtual-reality company that is developing Glyph, a set of consumer goggles that double as headphones. The company expects to begin shipping devices in 2015. [Full Story]
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David G. Mazur Honored for Leadership in Stealth Technologies

EE alumnus David G. Mazur, vice president and B-2 program manager, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, was selected by the National Defense Industrial Association to receive its 2014 Rear Adm. Robert H Gormley Combat Survivability Leadership award. Mazur accepted the award on Nov. 13 during NDIA's annual Aircraft Survivability Technical Forum held at Johns Hopkins University Advanced Physics Laboratory. [Full Story]
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EECS Alums are Flying High with Drone Startup Skyspecs

SkySpecs, the startup that develops and produces autonomous aerial vehicles for commercial and industrial use, continues to grow within the drone industry. The founders recently won the first place prize of $500,000 in the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition and joined a four-month accelerator program in New York City. [Full Story]
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Research Paper by Stephen Plaza Published in Nature Scientific Journal

Stephen Plaza (CSE PhD 2008) co-authored a paper published in Nature entitled, "A visual motion detection circuit suggested by Drosophila connectomics". The paper identified cellular targets for future functional investigations, and demonstrated that connectomes can provide key insights into neuronal computations. [Full Story]

Research Paper by Smita Krishnaswamy Published in Science Magazine

A research paper by Dr. Smita Krishnaswamy (CSE PhD 2008) was recently published in Science Magazine entitled, "Conditional density-based analysis of T cell signaling in single-cell data". The article focuses on single cell data to obtain a better understanding of how cells process signals. [Full Story]
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Scott Hanson Receives 2014 Arbor Networks Ph.D. Research Impact Award

Scott Hanson (BSE MSE PhD EE '04 '06 '09) has been selected to receive the 2014 Arbor Networks Ph.D. Research Impact Award. Dr. Hanson is the co-founder, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering of Ambiq Micro, a startup semiconductor company that has big plans to lead the low-power revolution in electronics by powering the Internet of Things. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Alumni  Internet of Things  

UM Computer Science Alumni Create Cribspot.com

Three former University of Michigan students are making a name for themselves in the growing Ann Arbor startup scene with cribspot.com. The startup helps college students find suitable places to live, while also helping landlords manage their properties. [Full Story]
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Alumni Spotlight: Peter Tchoryk - An Entrepreneurial CEO

Peter Tchoryk (MSE EE 1994) is CEO of Michigan Aerospace Corporation (MAC), and co-founder of Springmatter and OptoAtmospherics. Peter wants to invest in entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial activities dedicated to improving the world. His work at MAC and especially his activities in Springmatter help him do that. [Full Story]

Alumni Explore Lots of EECS-related Engineering with Their Kids

Three hundred and eighty alumni and children visited North Campus June 26 and 27 as part of the Xplore Engineering summer camp, with many of the activities related to or hosted by EECS. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

Amazon Lures Google Glass Creator (Babak Parviz)

Babak Parviz (MSE, PhD EE), the man who led Google's development of wearable technology project Glass, is moving to rival Amazon.com. Babak posted a photo of the Amazon logo on his social account with the short comment, status: super excited. (photo by Doug Plummer) [Full Story]

Alumni Spotlight: Kathryn Clay, A Policy Leader in the Natural Gas Revolution

Dr. Kathryn Clay believes, The only way to make real progress for the country is to find the common ground upon which we can move forward to advance everyones interests. A natural coalition builder, Kathryn implements this philosophy in her current job as Vice President of Policy Strategy at the American Gas Association (AGA), and its as helpful now as it was during her career on Capitol Hill where she influenced key energy policy. [Full Story]

Alumni Spotlight: Steve Mollenkopf, New CEO of Qualcomm

Steve Mollenkopf (MSE EE '93) was recently named CEO of Qualcomm. During his 20 years at Qualcomm, he helped Qualcomm became the worlds largest mobile chipset supplier and the global leader in LTE technolog. Qualcomm powers the majority of 3G and 4G devices commercially available today. [Full Story]

Alumni Spotlight-Dawson Yee: Kinect-ing Xbox to the World

Dawson Yee (MSE EE 87) was the Hardware System Engineer and Architect for Xbox 360 Kinect and Xbox One Kinect. Xbox 360 Kinect became the best-selling product in consumer electronics history - selling more than eight million units its first holiday season and extending the capabilities of Xbox well beyond a pure gaming machine. [Full Story]

CSE Alum Dongyoon Lee Selected for ProQuest Dissertation Award

CSE PhD alumnus Dongyoon Lee has been selected as the recipient of the ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation award from the Rackham Graduate School for his dissertation, "Holistic System Design for Deterministic Replay." The award recognizes exceptional and unusually interesting work produced by doctoral students in the last phase of their graduate work. [Full Story]
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Alumni Spotlight: Allan Evans and Avegant: Creating a brilliant multimedia experience from anywhere with Glyph

Dr. Allan Evans (MSE PhD EE 07 10) is on the verge of changing the way we experience media. Allan is CTO and co-founder of Avegant, an Ann Arbor startup in the middle of a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the next stage of production on their breakout entry into consumer electronics. Glyph is a wearable mobile personal theater with built-in premium audio, and it is the first head-mounted display coming to market that will have a virtual retinal display (VRD). [Full Story]

Alumni Spotlight: Babak Parviz: The Visionary Behind the Glass

Dr. Babak Parviz ((MSE PhD EE 97 01) lives at the intersection of human limitations and technologically augmented human potential. He led development of Google Glass, the wearable computing system that is nearing wide public release, and is now developing potentially life-changing glucose monitoring contact lenses. [Full Story]

Hector J. Garcia Selected for Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

Recent alumnus Dr. Hector J. Garcia (CSE PhD 2013) has been selected for induction into the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. The Society is a network of preeminent scholars who serve as examples of scholarship, leadership, character, service, and advocacy for students traditionally underrepresented in the academy. [Full Story]
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Sheila Hemami Named Chair of ECE at Northeastern University

Dr. Sheila Hemami (BSE EE '90) has been named Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She received her master's and PhD degrees from Stanford, and most recently was a professor at Cornell University. Her research interests include multimedia signal processing, image & video compression & transmission, and visual psychophysics.
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

Zachary Lemnios Elected IEEE Fellow

Zacharay Lemnios (BSE EE '76) was named Fellow of IEEE "for leadership in advanced technologies for defense and security systems." Mr. Lemnios is Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering for the US Department of Defense.

Ivan LaHaie elected IEEE Fellow

Ivan LaHaie (MSE PhD EE '77 '81) has been elected Fellow of IEEE, "for contributions to near-to-far field radar signature transformations and radar measurement error mitigation." Dr. LaHaie is principal scientist at Integrity Applications, Inc., at the Ann Arbor office.

Tongue Piercing Controls Wheelchair

Alumnus Maysam Ghovanloo (MSE PhD EE '03 '04), professor at Georgia Tech, was in the news recently for inventing a wheelchair control that uses a headset and a barbell tongue piercing. The work appeared in Science Translational Medicine, and was covered by NBC, BBC, and other news sources. [Full Story]

CSE Alumna Mona Attariyan Selected for Ritchie Disseration Award

Dr. Mona Attariyan (CSE PhD 2012) has received the inaugural Dennis Ritchie Doctoral Dissertation Award from ACM SIGOPS for her dissertation, "Improving Software Configuration Troubleshooting with Causality Analysis." [Full Story]
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Steve Mollenkopf: What it takes to lead in technology

Steve Mollenkopf (MSE EE '93), President and COO of Qualcomm, Inc., presented a standing-room only talk to faculty and students when he returned to campus as the 2013 ECE Alumni Merit Award winner. Watch his talk, What it takes to lead in technology, and the brief Q&A session that we recorded. [Full Story]

New Alumni Startup Promising Better Wearable Display Technology

Allan Evans (MSE PhD EE 07 10), CTO, Ed Tang (BSE EE 11), CEO, and their new company, Avegant, are making headlines with their prototype device that demonstrates a revolutionary display technology called Virtual Retinal Display. It promises an entirely new way to view video that differs from similar-looking devices by projecting light directly into your eye in a way that mimics natural vision. Read more: New York Times, CNET (with video interview), or just google Avegant.

Alumni have fun exploring engineering with their kids

Ninety Michigan Engineering alumni brought their children or grandchildren to a day-long summer camp this past August 9, called Xplore Engineering. The event offered a day of experiential learning through a selection of nine different workshops hosted by the different engineering departments. Here in EECS, they were introduced to the world of Nanotechnology and Robotics. [Full Story]

Hasso Niemann (1933-2013): From Michigan to Probing Deep Space

Dr. Hasso Niemann (BSE MSE PhD EE '61 '63 '69), a notable NASA scientist "whose instruments probed the atmospheres of Jupiter and Saturn's largest moon, Titan," passed away at the age of 80. His life and career are fondly remembered by his colleagues. [Full Story]

Tony Fadell: From Apple to Nest Labs, Always a Designer

Anthony Fadell graduated from U-M with a degree in computer engineering, and moved to Silicon Valley to pursue his fortune. He eventually landed at Apple, where he led development of the iPod, and later became strategic advisor to Steve Jobs. After leaving Apple to spend more time with family, he founded Nest Labs and created the self-programming Nest Learning Thermostat. [Full Story]

Computer Engineering Alum Marius Eriksen Featured in Wired

Marius Eriksen, 2004 BSE in Computer Engineering and Principal Engineer at Twitter, is profiled in Wired as a leader in the tech industry. His recent project Finagle is being used to rewrite Twitter. [Full Story]

CSE Alum Co-Founds Goal-Tracking Company Beeminder

Need a little help to stay on track with your life goals? CSE alum Daniel Reeves (CSE PhD 2005) has created Beeminder, an on-line service that leverages your monetary pledge to help you stick to your goals. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Leo Kempel Named Acting Engineering Dean at Michigan State

Leo Kempel, associate dean for research and professor in the College of Engineering at Michigan State University, was named acting dean of the College of Engineering. Dr. Kempel received his master's and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan. [Full Story]

ECE Alum Kevin Xu Wins Social Computing Challenge Competition

Dr. Kevin Xu (MS PhD EE:Systems '09 '12) took first prize at the Challenge Problem competition sponsored by the 2013 Int. Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, and Prediction Conference. The challenge problem required the participants to discover ways to interpret given data sets in a way that could be used to predict future social behavior. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

Michigan @ ISSCC 2013 - Alumni and Friends Mixer

The 5th Annual University of Michigan Alumni and Friends Mixer at ISSCC (International Solid-State Circuits Conference) was a great success as old and new friends gathered to discuss the day, catch up with friends, and simply relax together. Alumni in the area are always invited, and several came to reconnect with their Maize and Blue colleagues. [Full Story]

Founded By CS Alums, DeepField Grows in Ann Arbor

DeepField, the cloud analytics company founded by computer science alums Joe Eggleston and Craig Labovitz, is establishing a new office in the Liberty Street Technology Corridor and will hire additional engineers. [Full Story]

CSE Alum and Entrepreneur Azarias Reda Delivers Best Pitch at SXSW

Meritful, a startup conceived by CSE alumnus and entrepreneur Azarias Reda (PhD CSE '12), has placed first and won $100,000 in prizes in the new business pitch competition at the South by Southwest Conference in Austin, Texas. [Full Story]
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Duo Security Introduces Hardware-Level Security, Grows More Than 400%

Ann Arbor-based Duo Security, founded by alums Dug Song (CS BS 1997) and Jon Oberheide (CSE PhD 2011) has announced new hardware-level security for recent Android phones and record growth in sales. [Full Story]
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CSE Alum Niels Provos Forges Viking Weaponry

Niels Provos (MSE PhD CSE 2000, 2003) is a cryptographer and Principal Software Engineer at Google who spends his weekends forging Viking swords. Read about it and see the video in this article from Wired. [Full Story]
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Kyla McMullen, First African American Woman to Graduate from Michigan with a CSE PhD

Kyla McMullen, CSE MSE 2007, PhD 2012, has become the first African American woman at the University of Michigan to graduate with a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering. She is now an Assistant Professor at Clemson University's School of Computing. [Full Story]

W. David Tarver TEDxDetroit talk - Anatomy of a Successful Tech Startup

W. David Tarver (MSE EE) gives a TEDxDetroit talk about his experiences starting a telecommunications instrumentation firm in the basement of his New Jersey home, which he sold 12 years later for $30 million. He did so without angel investors, venture capital, or government contracts. His talk will reveal what powered his success, and what is needed in Michigan today in order for that success to be replicated. [Full Story]
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CSE Alums Launch Ann Arbor-Based Cloud Data Company

CSE alums Joe Eggleston and Craig Labovitz have launched DeepField, an Ann Arbor-based startup that analyzes big data from the cloud to help content providers and carriers make smarter business decisions. The two were previously at EECS tech transfer spinout Arbor Networks. [Full Story]

CSE Alum Azarias Reda Working on New Venture

Recent CSE Ph.D. Azarias Reda and CE undergrad Jack Schultz are in the early stages of launching a new social media website for high school students called Meritful. [Full Story]

Duo of CSE Alums Form and Grow Security Company in Ann Arbor

Computer science alums Dug Song and Jon Oberheide founded Duo Security, which provides hosted two-factor authentication service, two years ago. Today, the Ann Arbor-based company serves over 500 customers in 40+ countries around the world. [Full Story]

Gaming Legend Sid Meier Shows College Students How It Is Done

Sid Meier, the man behind one of the most successful real-time strategy (RTS) games of all time, spent two weeks at the University of Michigan teaching students how to make games. [Full Story]

Computer Science Alum Stephanie Forrest Selected for ACM Newell Award

U-M Computer and Communication Sciences PhD alumna Stephanie Forrest, Professor of Computer Science at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, has been selected to receive the ACM/AAAI Allen Newell Award for 2011. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Steven McLaughlin (PhD EE 1992) Named ECE Chair at Georgia Tech

Steven McLaughlin (PhD EE 1992) was named chair of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. Most recently he served as vice provost for International Initiatives and as Steven A. Denning Chair in Global Engagement at Georgia Tech. He is a co-founder of Whisper Communications. [Full Story]

Charles (Ned) Birdsall: 1925-2012

The Department pays tribute to the life of EE alumnus Charles Kennedy (Ned) Birdsall, Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, and a pioneering inventor and educator in microwave tubes and plasma physics. He died Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at the age of 86. Prof. Birdsall was the brother of EECS emeritus faculty member Ted Birdsall. [Full Story]

Alumni Spotlight: Syed B. Ali (MSE EE 81)

Syed Ali is founder, president, and CEO of one of the fastest growing technology companies in the United States, Cavium. He returned to campus in October 2011 as the College of Engineering Alumni Society Merit Award winner for ECE. Read more about Syed Ali, and watch a short video as well as a recording of his talk, From Michigan to NASDAQ. [Full Story]

CSE Alum Jon Oberheide Named one of 30 Under 30 in Technology by Forbes

Jon Oberheide, CSE PhD 2011, has been named one of 30 leading young innovators in the technology space by Forbes for his work in exposing vulnerabilities in the Android mobile operating system, and for his role in founding Duo Security. [Full Story]
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Michael McCorquodale is the brains behind Product of the Year

Michael McCorquodale (MSE PhD EE '00 '04) invented crystal free solid-state oscillators with his advisor while a student here at U-M. He then started the company Mobius which was bought by IDT, where he is now a General Manager, Silicon Frequency Control. The technology was named Product of the Year by Electronic Products Magazine. [Full Story]

EECS Alumnus Anna Stefanopoulou on 55 MPG

Prof. Anna Stefanopoulou (MSE EE '94 and PhD EE:Systems '96) spoke to NPR about getting cars to 55 MPG, and the work that goes on in the U-M Automotive Research Center. [Full Story]

CSE Alum Sushant Sinha Named One of 18 Young Innovators Under 35 in India

Sushant Sinha, CSE PhD 2009, has been named one of 18 remarkable young technology innovators in India by MIT's Technology Review India. [Full Story]
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