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Jul 17, 2014
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  

Jul 03, 2014
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  

Jun 30, 2014
Zakir Durumeric Selected for Google PhD Fellowship

CSE graduate student Zakir Durumeric has been selected to receive a Google PhD Fellowship in Security for the 2014-15 academic year. Zakir was chosen as a Google Fellow on the basis of his security research related to Internet-wide scanning, the HTTPS ecosystem, weaknesses in cryptographic keys and protocols, and network mismanagement. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

Jun 18, 2014
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  

Jun 11, 2014
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  

Jun 11, 2014
Benjamin Englard Awarded Thiel Fellowship

Benjamin Englard, who has completed one year of study toward a degree in computer science at Michigan, has been selected as a 2014 Thiel Fellow. The Fellowship provides promising young entrepreneurs with two years of funding to pursue an innovative or scientific project and mentorship for commercialization. [Full Story]

Jun 04, 2014
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  

Jun 02, 2014
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  

May 28, 2014
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)  

May 22, 2014
Doowon Lee Selected for IBM Ph.D. Fellowship

Doowon Lee, a graduate student in the Computer Science and Engineering program, has been selected to receive a prestigious IBM Ph.D. Fellowship to continue his studies in improving the dependability of computer systems by both efficient design-time validation and run-time fault tolerance techniques. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Computer Architecture  Graduate Students  

May 14, 2014
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  

May 07, 2014
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]


Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

May 05, 2014
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]


Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

May 05, 2014
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  

Apr 29, 2014
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   

Apr 24, 2014
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  

Apr 24, 2014
Students Build Apps for Grace

Students in Dr. David Chesney's EECS 481 Software Engineering class demoed their senior projects at a showcase event on April 22. The projects were designed as assistive technologies for Grace, a young woman with athetoid cerebral palsy who has shared her time with Dr. Chesney's class for the past two semesters. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Engineering for the Greater Good  Undergraduate Students  

Apr 24, 2014
CS Students Win at Mobile Apps Challenge

Three teams with CS students won at the 2014 Mobile Apps Challenge, placing first and tying for third. Their projects included a collaborative music app, a location-based alert system for Duderstadt Center resources, and an animated action/arcade game. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

Apr 23, 2014
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  

Apr 22, 2014
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  

Apr 18, 2014
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]


Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Undergraduate Students  

Apr 17, 2014
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  

Apr 16, 2014
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  

Apr 10, 2014
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  

Apr 10, 2014
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  

Apr 10, 2014
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  

Apr 09, 2014
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  

Apr 09, 2014
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  

Apr 09, 2014
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  

Apr 08, 2014
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]


Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  

Apr 08, 2014
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]


Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  

Apr 08, 2014
Branden Ghena Selected for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

CSE graduate student Branden Ghena has been awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to continue his studies in embedded systems, in which he aims to create Internet of Things devices that are useful and usable. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Apr 08, 2014
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]


Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  

Apr 04, 2014
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]


Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  

Apr 03, 2014
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]


Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  

Apr 01, 2014
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  

Apr 01, 2014
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  

Apr 01, 2014
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  

Apr 01, 2014
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]


Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

Mar 27, 2014
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  

Mar 26, 2014
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]


Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  

Mar 23, 2014
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  

Mar 20, 2014
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  

Mar 13, 2014
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:  Entrepreneurship  Graduate Students  

Mar 11, 2014
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  

Mar 06, 2014
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  

Feb 05, 2014
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.  

Jan 28, 2014
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  

Jan 22, 2014
Wolverine Soft Game Jam Produces 17 Video Games in 48 Hours

Wolverine Soft, the student group dedicated to the development of video games at Michigan, has held its annual 48-hour Game Jam with 70 students participating. Polar Coordinator, by Kevin Jeon, David Cai, Andrew Yang, and Cameron Flora, was chosen as the top game. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

Jan 22, 2014
MHacks and the Rise of the Hackathon


The Statement, which is the Michigan Daily's weekly magazine, has published two extensive articles on the rise of hackatons and on MHacks in particular: Coding the Future: the rise of the hackathon, and Quidditch and Red Bull: the MHacks experience.


Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

 



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