EECS News for 2001

Golden Apple Award to Elliot Soloway

Congratulations to Professor Elliot Soloway who is this year's recipient of the Golden Apple Award sponsored by Students Honoring Outstanding University Teaching (SHOUT).

The Golden Apple Award honors those teachers who consistently teach each lecture as if it were their last, and strive not only to disseminate knowledge but to inspire and engage students in its pursuit.

Approximately 520 students nominated various professors for the Golden Apple Award this year. Students of Professor Soloway who sent in nominations agreed with his philosophy on teaching and said they were inspired by him.

The concept of the Golden Apple Award was inspired by one of the greatest teachers of the Jewish tradition, Rabbi Eliezer ben Hurkanos, who taught 1900 years ago, "Get your life in order one day before you die." The Award is an annual reminder to the entire University that all of us should always be giving our "last lectures."

In honor of winning the Golden Apple Award, Professor Soloway will give his "ideal last lecture" January 22 at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theater and be awarded $1,000 cash.

Distinguished Dissertation Awards

I am happy to announce that the University of Michigan Lucent Technologies distinguished dissertaion awards in the area of Mathematical SystemScience have been awarded to the following students:

Christopher Lott, "Optimal Resource Allocation and Routing in Wireless Networks," Advisor D. Teneketzis, Winter 2001.

Navin Kashyap, "Data Synchronization with Timing," Advisor, D. Neuhoff, Fall 2001.

Each student will recieve a certificate and a check for $500.00.

Congraulations to Christopher and Navin, and to their advisors!


John J. Carey, Emeritus Professor

John Joseph Carey, Emeritus Professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has passed away November 10, 2001, at the age of 89. Professor Carey was born in Boston, and received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 1934 and 1953. From 1934-41, he worked on the Panama Canal, serving with the Panama Canal Department as Associate Electrical-Mechanical Engineer. He then joined an engineering firm in Boston. He was a Captain in the U.S. Army from 1942-45, serving in the Corps of Engineers 1943-45, and he was awarded the Campaign Star in 1944. During 1945-46, Prof. Carey taught at the Universities of New Mexico and Kansas. In 1946 he was appointed Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan; he was promoted to Associate Professor in 1948 and to Professor in 1957. Prof. Carey retired in 1972. While at the University of Michigan, Prof. Carey was co-director of the Power Systems Laboratory, and taught courses in power systems analysis, electro-mechanical energy conversion, engineering economics, and circuits. He also taught courses in power systems for employees of the Consumers Power Company, the Commonwealth Associates, and the Detroit Edison Company. Throughout his career at Michigan, Professor Carey demonstrated unique capabilities as a teacher, researcher, and consultant in electric power systems and energy conversion. Prof. Carey also gave generously of his time and talents to administrative and University-wide committees. He was very active in the Michigan Society for Professional Engineers, for which he was a past president, and the American Institute of Electrical Engineers; he was also a member of Sigma Xi, Eta Kappa Nu, and IEEE. Prof. Carey spent 10 weeks in India, where he had been stationed in the Army, in 1965 working on curriculum issues under the sponsorship of the Government of India and U.S. Aid. Upon his retirement, Prof. Carey was a frequent consultant in product liability and personal injury lawsuits. Prof. Carey is survived by his wife, Grace; their children, John Jr., Sharon, and Karen; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one sister Louise; and 16 nieces and nephews. The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science offers its condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of John Joseph Carey, and expresses its gratitude for his 26 years of distinguished service to the University of Michigan.

Henry Russel Award Goes to Prof. Clark Nguyen

I am delighted to announce that Clark Nguyen is the 2002 Henry Russel Award winner. This University of Michigan award is given on the basis of "distinguished scholarship ... and conspicuous ability as a teacher." It is a richly deserved honor!


Distinguished Lecturer

I am very pleased to announce that Prof. Al Hero has been selected by the IEEE Signal Processing Society Education Committee as a Society Distinguished Lecturer (DLs) for 2002. The nomination represents a high recognition of his professional achievement.

As a Distinguished Lecturer, Al is one of six DLs who will give lectures to chapters world-wide on signal processing topics. Congratulations, Al!

Related Topics:  Hero, Alfred  

Professor Kang Shin Awarded O'Connor Chair

Professor Kang Shin was awarded the first Kevin and Nancy O'Connor Professor of Computer Science Chair.

CITI Research Appears in New York Times

Research conducted by Dr. Peter Honeyman from CITI, and one of our graduate students, Niels Provos, is discussed in the following New York Times article. Additional information on the steganography research at UM may be found at: abc.html and faq.html

National Research Council - News Release

Please find the attached news release (pdf format) announcing the National Research Council - 2002 Postdoctoral and Senior Research Associateship Programs.

Application materials and additional information regarding the programs, laboratories, their locations, and areas of research can be found on the Website at:

Prospective applicants are invited to contact the NRC directly for additional assistance.

National Research Council, Associateship Programs (TJ 2114/D7)2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20418
Note - Application deadlines are: January 15, April 15, and August 15, 2002.

Thank you,

Lisa Kendra

Office of the Dean
College of Engineering

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Elliot Soloway's research on hand-held computers

Professor Elliot Soloway's research on hand-held computers appears in the Detroit News.

The e-commerce of the future

Tech teams gather to compete in designing the e-commerce of the future. Professor Mike Wellman led the effort at Michigan to design the game and the school hosts the servers. See complete article

Professor Steve Reinhardt wins Joel Spira Teaching Award

Professor Steve Reinhardt is this year's recipient of the ASEE's Joel Spira Teaching Award which focuses on outstanding classroom performance, recognizes teachers of engineering and engineering technology students and serves as an incentive to make further significant contributions to teaching.

William G. Dow Distinguished Lecture

SPEAKER: Dr. Robert W. Lucky
WHEN: November 8, 2001 at 4pm
WHERE: Chrysler Chesebrough Auditorium


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Handheld Computing: New Best Tech Tool or Just a Fad?

See this news article in Education Week for discussion of the work being done by Dr. Soloway. [Full Story]

Prof. Kang Shin awarded the 2001 Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award

Professor Kang Shin was awarded the 2001 Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award from the University this year.

Keeping Up in Class With Software for a Hand-Held

Elliot Soloway has been mentioned in an article entitled "Keeping Up in Class With Software for a Hand-Held" and is in the NY Times. In addition, a second article for Dr. Soloway, Debating Merits of Palms in Class appeared in Wired News.

Professor Peter Chen awarded the 2001 Amoco Undergraduate Teaching Award

Professor Peter Chen was awarded the 2001 Amoco Undergraduate Teaching Award for his exceptional contributions to undergraduate teaching at the University of Michigan.

Handheld computers in summer science elementary classrooms

Professor Elliot Soloway's work with handheld computers in summer science elementary classrooms appeared in Detroit News, July 23, 2001 [Full Story]

Using a Computer Game to Develop Advanced AI

Appeared in Computer Magazine, July's issue: Laird, J. E. (2001b) Using a Computer Game to Develop Advanced AI, Computer, 34(7), July 2001, pp. 70-75.

Interactive Computer Games: Human-Level AI's Killer Application

Appeared in AI Magazine # 22 Laird J.E. and Van Lent, M. (2001) Interactive Computer Games: Human-Level AI's Killer Application, AI Magazine, 22(2), 15-25.

Palm pilots and Education

Elliot Soloway's work with palm pilots and education appears in Business Week

Dr. Soloway was also interviewed recently by WIRED NEWS. The following Internet radio broadcast is currently being hosted at Wired: Kids Need Hands-On Tech Elliot Soloway is a professor of education at University of Michigan. He discusses the increased presence of technology in education through the use of palm-sized computers in the K-12 classroom and improved integration of curriculum and technology.

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Palm Computers and Kids

Computer Science Gaming Courses

Computer Science Gaming Courses makes the Joystick News