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Students Make Connections at NSBE National Convention

The 42nd Annual Convention of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) brought members together in Boston, MA for career fairs, competitions, professional workshops, networking events, and elections. Forty three U-M engineers, six from EECS, attended the convention, themed Engineering a Cultural Change. [Full Story]

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Girls Encoded Motivates Students to Study CS

For the second year in a row, over 100 high school girls and their parents attended Girls Encoded, an all day event designed to educate and encourage girls to study computer science. The event took place Saturday, April 9th and was co-directed by Prof. Rada Mihalcea, CSE research fellow Veronica Perez-Rosas, and CS student Lauren Molley. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Das, Reetuparna  Diversity and Outreach  Mihalcea, Rada  

Three Michigan Universities Receive Pacesetters Awards to Attract More Women to Computer Science

The University of Michigan, Michigan Technological University, and Michigan State University have been selected for the National Center of Women and Information Technology Pacesetters program. Pacesetters is a 2-year program under which participating institutions develop aggressive and measurable goals for increasing the number of women in the US computing and technology workforce. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Dorf, Mary Lou  Women in Computing  

ECE Celebrates African American Engineers

In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the Black History Month, ECE would like to draw attention to the many contributions made by its African American faculty and alumni. The impact of these gifted individuals spans many fields and industries. Included in the list is the first African American woman to earn a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering, and the first African American faculty member in the College of Engineering. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  Undergraduate Students  Winful, Herbert  

ECE Celebrates Diwali

ECE continued its new tradition of celebrating the different cultures of its student body with a celebration of Diwali on November 13. The event included Indian music, dance, cuisine, and other Diwali traditions. [Full Story]

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Mina Rais-Zadeh Receives 2015 IEEE Sensors Council Technical Achievement Award for Research in N/MEMS

Professor Mina Rais-Zadeh has been awarded the 2015 IEEE Sensors Council Technical Achievement Award, "For pioneering research in sensors technology: adaptable nano/micro-electromechanical systems (N/MEMS)." This early career award honors individuals with outstanding technical contributions within the scope of the IEEE Sensors Council. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Rais-Zadeh, Mina  

Having Fun with ECE

Students, alumni, faculty, and friends came together to see ECE's fun side on September 25. In the division's first-ever Family Fun Night, 500 attendees of all ages brought the EECS atrium to life in an evening of lasers, science, games, and more. [Full Story]

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Silicon Valley, Seeking Diversity, Focuses on Blacks

This article in the New York Times reports on the diversity gap in Silicon Valley and describes some of the new efforts being undertaken to help black students to bridge the opportunity gap. EECS alumnus Erin Teague, director of product management at Yahoo, is quoted on her experience. "I didnt know what to dream for." [Full Story]

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Making a Middle Class: Can Engineering Education Lift Ethiopia?

For the past six years, Profs. Todd Austin and Valeria Bertacco have been going to Ethiopia to visit the Addis Ababa Institute of Technology. In 2009, they went to talk about Michigan Engineering, in 2011, they established a 25-station computer lab, and in 2012, they spent a sabbatical teaching at AAIT. Recently, the professors attended a symposium in Addis Ababa where more than 30 U-M professors met with a range of Ethiopian professors and government officials to map the future of U-Ms role in the country. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Bertacco, Valeria  Diversity and Outreach  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Engineering a Better Future for Ethiopia

Prof. Heath Hofmann and Ph.D. student Abdi Zeynu traveled to Addis Ababa Institute of Technology (AAIT) in the capital of Ethiopia to bring the latest knowledge in Controls Systems and Power to a nation in dire need of this expertise. During their trip in June 2015, they taught a 3-week course in Electric Machinery and Drives and provided consultation and support as the schools engineering college expanded its Control and Power programs. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  Hofmann, Heath  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Power & Energy  

Electrify Tech Camps Offer High Schoolers An Electrifying Summer

High schoolers took over the EECS building this July, filling the hallways and labs as they designed circuits, built holograms, and whirred around on segways. In ECE's first-ever Electrify Summer Tech Camps, students from near and far gathered for three five-day sessions to learn the basics of electrical and computer engineering. [Full Story]

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Dragomir Radev Coaches US Linguistics Team to Multiple Wins at IOL

Dragomir Radev, Professor in Computer Science and Engineering, the School of Information, and in the Department of Linguistics, has coached North American high school students to successful competition at the 13th International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL), which was held in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria from from July 20-24, 2015. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computational Linguistics  Diversity and Outreach  Radev, Dragomir  

EECS Students Make Career Connections at NSBE Conference

The 41st National Convention of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) brought together over 3,600 members to Anaheim, California for career fairs, competitions, professional workshops, networking events, and elections. 55 U-M engineers attended the convention, themed Reimagining Your Future, and developed vital connections in their field. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Over 140 Students attend 2015 MiBytes Computer Camps

MiBytes, a series of summer computer camps hosted by CSE, was even bigger and better for summer 2015. There was a 5-day Tinkering With Mobile Apps camp and a 2-week-long Hacking in a Digital World camp, both led by Dr. Jeff Ringenberg, as well as a 5-day Game Design & Development camp led by Dr. Jeremy Gibson. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bond, Jeremy  Diversity and Outreach  Ringenberg, Jeff  

Celebrating Diversity and Making Our Students Feel at Home with an Iftar Dinner

On Wednesday, July 15, ECE hosted an Iftar reception. Iftar is the evening meal when Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset. The reception, which featured traditional foods and live music, had over 40 in attendance. Students attending the reception indicated their appreciation for the program, offering their help for the evening and on future efforts. [Full Story]

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ECE Alumna Ruba Borno to Join New Executive Team at Cisco

Dr. Ruba Borno (MS PHD EE 03 08) has been selected as Cisco's new Vice President of Growth Initiatives and Chief of Staff to the CEO-designate, Chuck Robbins. The young executive has an extensive history in both the business and tech worlds, and promises to be a powerful asset to the company's new executive leadership team. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Diversity and Outreach  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  WIMS/WIMS2  

Alyssa Kody Earns NSF Fellowship for Research in Energy Harvesting and Wireless Sensing

Alyssa Kody, a Ph.D. student in Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to pursue research in powering wireless embedded systems. The goal of Alyssa's project is to improve energy harvesting technology and decrease network power consumption by implementing whats called energy forecasting. This would enable sensor nodes to predict energy availability in the future and make decisions based on this knowledge. In other words, she would give energy-aware decision making capabilities to a system. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  Lab-Systems  

Yi-Chin Wu Receives ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award for Research in Network Security

Yi-Chin Wu (MSE PhD EE:Sys 11 14) received the ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award for 2014 for her dissertation, Verification enforcement for opacity security property. Her research brings Discrete Event Control Theory to the analysis and design of secure systems. Dr. Wu says that we can no longer solve security and privacy threats by only examining the implementation of each specific system. To proactively design general secure systems, we need to address security in a theoretical approach. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Diversity and Outreach  Networks and Networking  Security (Computing)  

Alumnus Erin Teague Listed Among 25 Women to Know in 2015

Erin Teague (BSE CE '04) was listed in Rolling Out Magazine as one of the top 25 woman we should know in 2015. Erin is the director of product management at Yahoo! The article, part of a celebration of International Women's History Month, describes the barriers she's broken in the industry. Previously, she was named among the 100 Coolest People in Tech by Business Insider. (Check out a previous Q&A with Erin for more in-depth info here.) [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Diversity and Outreach  Women in Computing  

Electrify Tech Camp for High School Students - Register now for one or more of our 3 camps

Electrify Tech Camp consists of three non-residential summer camps (Power Up; Light It Up; and Sense It) for high school students. Camp participants will be introduced to college-level topics at an introductory level suitable for high school students. Each camp will range between 24-30 students. Campers will work together in groups of 3 or 4 at the same state-of-the-art equipment used by Michigan undergraduate students. They will build devices, learn some coding, and test their work, all under the careful supervision of faculty and current Michigan students. It is an amazing opportunity for any high school student who has an interest in modern technology, and a love for science and math. [Full Story]

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Two Faculty Open Door for Collaboration with Ethiopian Institute

Profs. Todd Austin and Valeria Bertacco visited Addis Ababa Institute of Technology in Ethiopia in 2009 to talk about Michigan Engineering. They found great enthusiasm but scant resources. By 2011, they were donating equipment for labs and in 2012 built curriculum and taught during sabbatical. A broader initiative between U-M and AAIT now exists, and Austin and Bertacco were part of a recent U-M delegation to AAIT. That trip, and a look at Ethiopia, is the subject of this Digital Multimedia Experience. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Bertacco, Valeria  Diversity and Outreach  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Somin Eunice Lee Receives CAREER Award for Research in Nanoscale Biotechnology

Prof. Lee aims to develop configurable nanostructures to deliver genes efficiently and specifically to the cell nucleus, without impacting neighboring cells, using optical transport, or light. This method for efficient and specific delivery of corrected genes should lower required dosages and minimize unwanted side effects. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Genetics  Health  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Lee, Somin E.  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Helen Hagos, CSE Masters Student, Selected for Dow Sustainability Fellowship

Helen Hagos has been selected for a Dow Sustainability Fellowship for her work in the design of embedded systems for use in differentiated waste collection and management. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Sustainability  Women in Computing  

Lynn Conway to Receive 2015 IEEE/RSE Wolfson James Clerk Maxwell Award

Lynn Conway, Professor Emerita of EECS, has been selected to receive the 2015 IEEE/RSE Wolfson James Clerk Maxwell Award, for contributions to and leadership in design methodology and pedagogy enabling rapid advances and dissemination of VLSI design tools and systems. This award is one of the highest presented by IEEE. Prof. Conway, sometimes called the hidden hand in the microchip design revolution, was a major source of innovation in a field that eventually made personal computers and smartphones possible. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Conway, Lynn  Diversity and Outreach  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Women in Computing  

Prof. Becky Peterson Awarded DARPA Young Faculty Award to Investigate New Materials for Power Semiconductor Devices

Becky Peterson, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was recently awarded a 2014 DARPA Young Faculty Award for her research project, "Amorphous Oxide Thin Film Transistors for Switched-Mode Power Supplies." Such power supplies could potentially be used in a wide variety of wireless sensing and actuation systems, including those that deal with security and monitoring of the environment and medical conditions. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Peterson, Becky (R. L.)  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Prof. Necmiye Ozay Awarded DARPA Young Faculty Award for Research in Cyber and Physical Systems

Necmiye Ozay, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received a 2014 DARPA Young Faculty Award for her research project, Dynamics-based information extraction: a hybrid systems approach." Her research will impact the safety and security of cyber and physical systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Cyber-physical systems  Diversity and Outreach  Ozay, Necmiye  

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 and RF Circuits  Diversity and Outreach  Gilchrist, Brian E.  Graduate Students  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Space technology  

Dragomir Radev Coaches High School Linguists in Competition at International Linguistics Olympiad

Prof. Dragomir Radev has coached North American high school students to a variety of top and highly placed individual and team finishes at the 12th International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL), which was held in Beijing, China from July 21 through 25. It is the eighth year that Prof. Radev has performed this service. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computational Linguistics  Diversity and Outreach  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Radev, Dragomir  

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]

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High School Students Explore Engineering through Music and Computer Science

High school students from the Ann Arbor area got a crash course in computing and its connections to creativity at a College of Engineering computer science camp during the week of June 16. Entitled It's All About the Music, the camp allowed students to explore CS in the context of real-world problems and applications through challenging, hands-on, and music-centric applications. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Diversity and Outreach  

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]

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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]

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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]

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Mina Rais-Zadeh Receives 2014 ONR Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award

Prof. Mina Rais-Zadeh received a 2014 Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) for her research project, Acoustic Phonons and Their Interactions with Electrons in Gallium Nitride Ultra-fast Ultra-scaled Resonators. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  MEMS and Microsystems  Rais-Zadeh, Mina  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Jill Bender Chosen for CoE Distinguished Leadership Award

Jill Bender has received a 2014 CoE Distinguished Leadership Award for her outstanding leadership and service to the College and community. Jill has coached young girls in robotics competition and encouraged inclusion in computer science, has held leadership positions in student organizations, and has worked as an EECS instructional assistant. [Full Story]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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Meghan Clark Selected for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

CSE graduate student Meghan Clark has been awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to continue her studies in the areas of embedded systems, ubiquitous computing, and the smart grid. [Full Story]

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Elizabeth Mamantov Selected for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

CSE graduate student Elizabeth Mamantov has been awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to continue her studies in embodied cognition, robotics, and cognitive architecture. [Full Story]

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Forest Agostinelli Selected for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

CSE graduate student Forest Agostinelli has been awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to continue his studies in multi-column neural networks and deep learning. [Full Story]

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Elizabeth Mamantov Selected for Microsoft Graduate Womens Scholarship

CSE graduate student Elizabeth Mamantov has been selected for a 2014 Microsoft Graduate Women's Scholarship to support her work in intellegent robotics. This year, Microsoft has awarded only 10 such scholarships to top Ph.D. students in the US and Canada who represent a selection of the best and the brightest in their fields. [Full Story]

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Sanae Rosen Selected for Margaret Ayers Host Award

CSE graduate student Sanae Rosen has been selected for the Margaret Ayers Host Award by the Rackham School of Graduate Studies. Recipients of the award have demonstrated exceptional scholarly achievement, a sense of social responsibility and service, and a lively interest in promoting the success of women in the academic community. [Full Story]

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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]

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CSE Students to Attend CRA-W Workshop

Five CSE graduate students - Neha Agarwal, Lauren Hinkle, Yelin Kim, Elizabeth Mamantov, and Dana Wilson - will attend the 2014 CRA-W Grad Cohort Workshop, which will be held April 11-12, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. [Full Story]

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CSE Connects at Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing

CSE reached out to diverse student populations at the 2014 Richard Tapia Conference, which took place in Seattle, WA. This year's conference theme was "The Strength of Diversity" as conference attendees celebrated the contributions to computing by members of broad and diverse communities. Two CSE students attended the conference as Microsoft Scholarship Recipients. [Full Story]

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Wolverine Soft Demos Science Games for Kids at Ann Arbor District Library

Wolverine Soft, the student group dedicated to development of video games, demoed projects created during the recent Intel-sponsored "Code for Good" Game Jam at an event to be held at the Ann Arbor District Library main branch on Saturday March 15, 2014 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Undergraduate Students  

Prof. Mingyan Liu Elected Fellow of the IEEE

Prof. Mingyan Liu has been elected IEEE Fellow, Class of 2014, for contributions to modeling of wireless ad-hoc and sensor networks. Prof. Liu's research interests are in optimal resource allocation, performance modeling and analysis, and energy efficient design of wireless, mobile ad hoc, and sensor networks. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Liu, Mingyan  

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.
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