The Future of Data Science: Kicking Off U-Ms Proactive Step into an Exploding Field

Researchers from around the nation gathered at Rackham on October 6 to celebrate the official launch of Michigans $100M Data Science Initiative. Central to this program is the new Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS), which aims to make sense of the massive datasets researchers in every field now have at their disposal. The symposium, titled The Future of Data Science: A Convergence of Academia, Industry, and Government, was an all-day event featuring representatives of many major industries and academic institutions. [Full Story]

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Eric Michielssen Named Louise Ganiard Johnson Professor of Engineering

Eric Michielssen, an international leader in the field of computational electromagnetics, has been named the Louise Ganiard Johnson Professor of Engineering in recognition of his outstanding reputation and contributions in the areas of research, education, and leadership. In addition to being a professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering, he is Associate Vice President forAdvanced Research Computingand Director of theMichigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering(MICDE). [Full Story]

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Researching the Future of Remote Sensing

ECE researchers will explore the fundamental capabilities of remote sensing through a new grant funded by NASA. Directed by Kamal Sarabandi, Rufus S. Teesdale Professor of Engineering, the new program aims to create theoretical models for remote sensing of ice and snow. Specifically, the research seeks to develop a better understanding of wave propagation and scattering, and to improve tools for future monitoring. This work could feed into the development of new sensors for a variety of remote sensing applications. [Full Story]

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New Michigan-Saudi Arabia Collaboration Promises Exciting New Research - Beginning with the Auto Industry

A new collaborative research center, called the Center of Excellence for Microwave Sensor Technology, has been established between ECE faculty and Saudi Arabias King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST). The Center will be a major site for research in microwave sensor technology, with the first projects focusing on autonomous vehicles and novel approaches to electric vehicle charging. [Full Story]

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ECE Alumni Connections @ IMS2015

The IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) set the stage for ECE's most recent alumni networking event, held in Phoenix on May 19, 2015. It's been more than ten years since ECE brought the Michigan flag to IMS, and it was great to be back! [Full Story]

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Iverson Bell - Researching the Future of Space Satellites

Iverson Bell is about to graduate with his PhD in electrical engineering. As a member of Prof. Brian Gilchrist's research group, Mr. Bell is investigating the potential of electrodynamic tether propulsion technology to enhance the capabilities of an emerging class of smartphone-sized satellites. Potential applications for these satellites include emergency preparedness, emergency relief, and space weather. In this video, he discusses grad life at Michigan and his ambitions in his field. [Full Story]

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Space Tethers Can Be Used to Fling Spacecraft Into Interplanetary Space

Brian Gilchrist is collaborating with NASA researchers and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory to develop space tethers - a means to "fling" spacecraft further into interplanetary space. Electromagnetic tethers on already-orbiting or space bound satellites could be used to move a spacecraft in space without any propellant whatsoever. The tether could be used to deorbit out-of-use spacecraft, push spacecraft from low Earth orbit into higher orbits, or even push spacecraft out of Earth's orbit altogether. [Full Story]

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2015 CoE Towner Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors

Each year the College of Engineering awards the Towner Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) to the top graduate student instructors throughout the College of Engineering. In 2015, three of the four awards went to students in EECS. The winners are Jonathan Beaumont, Michael Benson, and Mai Le. [Full Story]

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Urging STEM Support in Washington, DC (Iverson Bell and Michigan Space Grant Consortium)

Iverson Bell (right), a doctoral student in electrical engineering, talks with Dan Jourdan, legislative director for Rep. Sander Levin, D-Royal Oak, about wire that could be used to power micro-satellite propulsion. Representatives of the Michigan Space Grant Consortium part of a national NASA-funded program aimed at increasing the number of students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math were in Washington, D.C., recently to urge support. U-M manages the Space Grant program in Michigan. (Photo by Mike Waring, Washington Office)
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Researchers Build Groundbreaking Device for NASA SMAP Mission

Prof. Kamal Sarabandi and his team constructed the most powerful radar calibration device in the world to interface with NASAs newest orbiting satellite, called Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP). The goal is to measure the amount of water in moisture, which should ultimately to improve our ability to forecast the weather, monitor droughts, predict floods, enhance crop productivity, and understand the Earths water, energy, and carbon cycles. [Full Story]

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How drones and insects merged in ways that might surprise you

Michigan is designing the microelectronics that are the eyes, ears, and brains of the tiny insect-like drones being developed under the Micro Autonomous Systems and Technology (MAST) collaborative. The research at Michigan is part of the Center for Objective Microelectronics & Biomemetic Advanced Technology, directed by Prof. Kamal Sarabandi. [Full Story]

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Amr Ibrahim Receives Rackham Int. Student Fellowship to Develop Sub-MMW Radar System

Amr Ibrahim, graduate student in Electrical Engineering, received a Rackham International Student Fellowship to support his research in the area of sub-millimeterwave (Sub-MMW) radar systems. The main driving force to develop these systems originates from security applications and, in particular, stand-off imaging of persons and hidden objects, including illicit drugs and explosives [Full Story]

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Prof. Kamal Sarabandi Elected President of IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society

Kamal Sarabandi, Rufus S. Teesdale Professor of Engineering, has been elected president of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS). He will begin his two-year term January 1, 2015. The fields of interest of the GRS Society are the theory, concepts, and techniques of science and engineering as they apply to the remote sensing of the earth, oceans, atmosphere, and space, as well as the processing, interpretation and dissemination of this information. [Full Story]

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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]

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Dipak Sengupta (1931-2014): In Memoriam

Dr. Dipak L. Sengupta, former research scientist and treasured friend of the department, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014 at the age of 83. Dr. Sengupta came to the office nearly every day, including Saturday mornings. Faculty and staff alike will miss his cheerful and gentle presence in the building. [Full Story]

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Jiangfeng Wu Receives Best Paper Award for Research in Safe Fracking

Jiangfeng Wu, graduate student in electrical engineering, received the Mikio Takagi Student Prize for his research in designing and building an antenna that can better determine the environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The Mikio Takagi Student Prize is given to the best of the top three Student Prize Paper Awards granted at the IEEE Int. Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium. [Full Story]

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Sarabandi: Fox News - Could a military radar prevent further Newtown style tragedies?

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Sarabandi: Popular Science - Researcher Says Radar Tech Could Detect Guns at School

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Chris Berry Awarded 2012 AP-S Doctoral Research Award

Chris Berry, a doctoral student in the Electrical Engineering program, received an IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) Doctoral Research Award for the 2012-13 academic year. The award will support his doctoral research in the area of plasmonic photoconductive antennas for high power terahertz generation. [Full Story]

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Student Research: Amit Patel Earns Prize in IEEE AP-S Student Paper Competition for Antenna Research

Amit Patel, graduate student in electrical engineering, was awarded 2nd prize in the student paper competition at the 2012 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation for research that will help integrate antennas onto vehicle surfaces and other platforms. [Full Story]

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Shang-Hua Yang Receives SPIE Scholarship in Optics & Photonics

Shang Hua Yang, first year EE grad student, has been selected to receive a 2012 SPIE Scholarship in Optics & Photonics to advance his research in the area of high-performance terahertz photoconductors. [Full Story]

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Chris Berry Awarded Michigan Space Grant Consortium Fellowship

Chris Berry, a doctoral student in the Electrical Engineering program, received a 2012 MSGC fellowship for research in the area of terahertz technology for Space applications. Chris's research focuses on creating a novel terahertz radiation emitter that can operate as a light-weight, local oscillator for a terahertz spectroscopy system suitable for use in Space. [Full Story]

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David D. Chen Awarded NSERC Fellowship for Earth Remote Sensing

David Chen's research involves analyzing and tuning the performance of the radio frequency interference (RFI) algorithm of the Aquarius radiometers, which were launched in June of this year. [Full Story]

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Fikadu Dagefu Receives 2011 Lincoln Lab Fellowship

Dagefu's research interests include devising efficient models for near-ground wave propagation and scattering in complex indoor and urban scenarios. The applications for such models include wireless channel characterization, radar through-wall imaging and distributed sensor networks for environmental sensing. [Full Story]

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Grbic-Forrest: Smartplant - Tiny, powerful antennas could transform mobile devices

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Grbic-Forrest: MSNBC - Mass Production Ahead for Smallest Possible Wi-Fi Antenna

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Russell Willmot Awarded IEEE Fellowship

Russell Willmot has been awarded the IEEE Life Member Graduate Study Fellowship in Electrical Engineering for his work in the area of RF Circuits and Applied Electromagnetics. [Full Story]

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Sung Ho Park Receives 2011 IEEE MTT-S Scholarship

Sung Ho Park, undergraduate EE student, received a scholarship from the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society to pursue terahertz research under the direction of Prof. Mona Jarrahi. [Full Story]

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Chris Berry Awarded MSGC Fellowship

Chris Berry, an electrical engineering graduate student, was awarded this fellowship for research in the area of terahertz technology for Space applications. [Full Story]

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Safer Medical Imaging with Microwaves

Prof. Mahta Moghaddam and her group describe and demonstrate a successful experiment in research that could lead to safer medical imaging practices in hospitals and labs. [Full Story]

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Mahta Moghaddam Honored with U-M Faculty Recognition Award

Prof. Moghaddam, a professor in the RADLAB, was recognized for her excellence in research, teaching, and service. Her research ranges from environmental sensing to medical imaging using radar. [Full Story]

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Jungsuek Oh, EE Grad Student, Awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship

Mr. Oh received this prestigious fellowship for his research in miniaturized and structurally embedded antennas for small wireless platforms. [Full Story]

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2010 MIPSE Graduate Symposium

The 1st Annual Graduate Symposium of the interdisciplinary Michigan Institute for Plasma Science and Engineering offered awards for best oral and poster presentations to students of 5 departments. [Full Story]

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Nader Engheta to present ECE Distinguished Lecture

Nader Engheta, H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor of Electrical & Systems Engineering at the U. of Pennsylvania, will give the lecture, "Taming Light and Electrons with Metamaterials," Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 at 4:00 pm, 1670 CSE [Full Story]

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Green Computing: Higher Energy Efficiency from Silicon to the Cloud

For decades, researchers and industry have been focused on increasing computing performance by increasing transistor density and shrinking the size of computing devices. But with the continued scaling of computing systems to sizes only theorized a decade ago, combined with the prevalence of mobile devices, social networking, cloud computing, and the cost of powering huge data centers, the computing paradigm has changed. Energy efficiency is now a primary consideration at all levels of computing. [Full Story]

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Moghaddam: Physorg - Soil moisture study aims for climate change insights

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Soil moisture study aims for climate change insights

A new $26M NASA project led by Prof. Mahta Moghaddam will provide an important piece of knowledge in the quest to understand and predict climate change. [Full Story]

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Ruzbeh Akbar Receives NASA Fellowship For SMAP Mission Research

Ruzbeh Akbar, EE graduate student, received a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship for research that is applicable to NASA's SMAP mission, which is planned for a 2014 launch. [Full Story]

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Feature on Mahta Moghaddam

Prof. Mahta Moghaddam was featured in the Spring 2010 issue of the Michigan Engineer, a special issue devoted to remarkable women in engineering. [Full Story]

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Amit Patel Awarded SMART Fellowship

Amit Patel was awarded a SMART Fellowship to support his research in the area of Applied Electromagnetics. [Full Story]

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Two Electrical Engineers Receive Rackham Predoctoral Fellowships

Scott Rudolph conducts research in negative-refractive-index media. Ashutosh Nayyar conducts research in communication and sensor networks.
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Hofmann-New York Times: Electric Motors, Made to Order

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Kushner-New York Times: Hospital-Clean Hands, Without All the Scrubbing

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New $10M Department of Energy Center to Focus on Plasma Research

A new center at the College of Engineering will enable fundamental research on low-temperature plasmas ionized gases with vast potential for practical technological advancements in fields such as energy, lighting, microelectronics and medicine. The Center for Predictive Control of Plasma Kinetics: Multi-phase and Bounded Systems is funded by a $10 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. [Full Story]

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Energy and Power: Engineering Sustainable Solutions From the Macro to the Micro Levels

There is no shortage of energy being devoted to finding new and sustainable energy solutions. Even amidst the current economic challenges, the U.S. government is supporting these efforts with nearly a 50% increase in funding for energy-related research that includes energy efficiency and renewable energy, smart grid and efficient electrical transmission, green cars, and basic scientific research. [Full Story]

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Grbic: Winning Strategies: Advice from PECASE Winners

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Grbic: News of White House Award in Ann Arbor News

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England: Scientists split on further moon missions

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Grbic: PECASE Funds Photonics Work

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Michael Thiel Earns First Place in SEMCAD X Student Research Award

Michael Thiel earned first place in an international competition for his research of Human Backscattering in Buildings for Through-wall Radar Applications. [Full Story]

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Michael Benson Receives NASA Fellowship

PhD student Michael Benson received a 3-year fellowship from the Earth System Science Fellowship Program to study the surface of the earth. [Full Story]

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Michigan Dominates Student Paper Competition at APS/URSI 2009

Five student papers from Michigan were named among the 16 finalists in the 2009 International APS/URSI conference. Amit Patel earned the overall Best Paper award. [Full Story]

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Luis Gomez Receives 2009 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to Investigate a New Treatment for Neurological Disorders

Mr. Gomez is currently investigating a new technique that is receiving widespread attention across the medical field for treating depression, Alzheimer's, and other brain conditions. [Full Story]

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Scott Rudolph Awarded Prestigious IEEE MTT-S Graduate Fellowship

Scott Rudolph, graduate student in electrical engineering, was selected to receive an IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Graduate Fellowship Award to support his work in metamaterials with Prof. Tony Grbic. [Full Story]

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Carl Pfeiffer Receives 2009 IEEE MTTS Undergraduate/Pre-Graduate Scholarship

Carl Pfeiffer, an undergraduate student of electrical engineering, is one of only seven recipients of this award, which is designed to encourage future leaders and key technical contributors. [Full Story]

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Prof. Mahta Moghaddam Elected Fellow of the IEEE

Prof. Mahta Moghaddam has been named an IEEE Fellow, Class of 2009, "for contributions to forward and inverse scattering techniques for radar remote sensing." [Full Story]

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Yuriy Goykhman Receives MIT Lincoln Lab Fellowship

EE Graduate student Yuriy Goykhman is honored to be an MIT Lincoln Laboratory Fellow for 2008-09. Goykhman's research interests include development of new radar remote sensing instruments, techniques, and processing algorithms. [Full Story]

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Adel Elsherbini Wins Prize at 2008 USRI

Adel Elsherbini, PhD student studying ultra-wideband antennas and remote sensing, received Second Prize in the Student Paper Competition at the 2008 General Assembly of the International Union of Radio Science (Union Radio Scientifique Internationale-URSI) for his paper, Compact Coupled Sectorial Loops Antenna for Ultra-Wideband Applications. The paper was co-authored by his advisor, Prof. Kamal Sarabandi.

This conference is held every three years and the paper competition is among all 10 Commissions. There were more than 100 international student contenders in this competition.
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Juseop Lee Awarded 2008 MTT-S Graduate Fellowship

EE graduate student Juseop Lee was awarded a graduate fellowship from the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S). This international program recognizes outstanding graduate students working in microwave and RF technologies. Mr. Lee works with Prof. Kamal Sarabandi.
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New Interdisciplinary Research Program Will Lead to Better Understanding of Global Environmental Change

Mahta Moghaddam, associate professor and member of the Radiation Laboratory, is lead investigator at U-M for the important new multidisciplinary project: An Inundated Wetlands Earth System Data Record: Global Monitoring of Wetland Extent and Dynamics. This research will enable unprecedented insight into global environmental change. Read more...
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Kamal Sarabandi: Bridging the Divide of Fundamental Science and Technology

Prof. Sarabandi and his research group explore new avenues of research, such as the use of metamaterials, while they continue to expand knowledge in microwave and millimeter-wave radar remote sensingan area he has worked in for more than twenty years. In recognition of his accomplishments, he received the 2005 Distinguished Achievement Award from the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society. [Full Story]

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Tony England: From Space to Earth and Back

If you watched the film Apollo 13, you have already seen Professor Tony England at work. England was the real-life NASA astronaut who wrote the procedure to build the CO2 scrubber that enabled the astronauts to return safely to Earth. For their extraordinary work, England and the rest of the team received the Presidents Medal of Freedom in 1970-the same year England received his Ph.D. in Geophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Today, England heads U-Ms Microwave Geophysics Group, which does geophysical remote sensing. [Full Story]

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