Major Design Experience - Professionalism

EECS 496 – Winter 2020

Overview Speaker Schedule Assignments

Preliminary Schedule (will be revised)

Date Topic Speaker Bio/Background
Jan 10 Welcome and Introduction Kevin Fu Kevin Fu is Associate Professor of EECS at the University of Michigan where he directs the Security and Privacy Research Group ( and the Archimedes Center for Medical Device Security ( His research focuses on analog cybersecurity—how to model and defend against threats to the physics of computation and sensing. His embedded security research interests span from the physics of cybersecurity through the operating system to human factors. Past research projects include MEMS sensor security, pacemaker/defibrillator security, cryptographic file systems, web authentication, RFID security and privacy, wirelessly powered sensors, medical device safety, and public policy for information security & privacy.
Jan 17 Financial Literacy Mark Munzenberger Mark Munzenberger is a Financial Education Specialist at the University of Michigan Credit Union, and has worked in the Financial Services sector since 1988. Mark is an Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC) through the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education, and also holds a certification from the National Financial Educators Council to facilitate workshops. UMCU has been recognized by the Michigan Credit Union League with awards in both 2018 and 2019 for our financial education programs. In 2019, UMCU conducted over 200 events in the community and on campuses, and reached nearly 5,000 individuals. Mark earned a Bachelors degree from Northern Michigan University.
Jan 24 Computing in Federal Government: The U.S. Digital Service Annie Sullivan Wyatt Or how a Google Chrome engineer learned software is about a lot more than engineering.

Annie is a software engineer with Google. She is passionate about building a better performing web for users across the globe. Her tenure as a Googler spans 15 years, with experience on the Toolbar, Docs, Web Search, and Chrome teams. Annie currently leads performance metric development on Chrome. Over the summer, she did a tour of duty with the US Digital Service, helping out at the Department of Energy, Health and Human Services, and Department of Defense. She lives in Michigan with her husband Doug and two sons, and enjoys tinkering with laser cutters, metal etching, and new cooking techniques.
Jan 31 Graduate School: What Is It?? EECS Graduate Students: Lauren Biernacki, Caroline Crockett, Rahul Gangwani, Julia Lanier, Kevin Loughlin Masters and PhD students from CSE and ECE will have a Q/A panel hosted by Prof. Fu all about graduate school: getting in, staying in, getting out. Students entering graduate school as well as students that might apply for graduate school in the future via their employer will get the inside secrets!
Feb 7 Venture Capital 101 Jan Garfinkle

Jan founded Arboretum Ventures on the premise that innovation is key to delivering value in healthcare, a principle she developed working in the medical device industry for over two decades. Her investments focus on promising medical technologies that enable meaningful healthcare system savings while maintaining great clinical outcomes. Jan has led and held board seats in more than a dozen investments across four funds including notable exits with HandyLab, Esperion (Nasdaq: ESPR), CardioMEMS, nVision and NxThera.

Prior to co-founding Arboretum, Jan spent 20 years in entrepreneurial healthcare companies. She was previously President & Founder of Strategic Marketing Consultants advising healthcare start-ups and major medical device companies. Jan also held key management roles in marketing, clinical research, and sales for two successful medical device start-ups, Advanced Cardiovascular Systems and Devices for Vascular Intervention. Each of these companies was acquired by Eli Lilly and became the foundation for Guidant Corporation. Earlier in her career, Jan was an engineer and product manager for Procter & Gamble.

Jan is currently serving as Board Chair of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2015. Jan has been recognized as the 2015 Crain’s Newsmaker of the Year and as one of Crain’s Most Influential Women in 2016. She earned a BS in Bioengineering from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Feb 14 No lecture today Over a multi-week period, we will all satisfy the “social awareness” requirement via a community service scavenger hunt. There will be no quiz, but attendance will be recorded with selfies from the distributed hunt. We will not accept “missed class” freebies for the scavenger hunt, but we are offering schedule flexibility to complete the hunt so that no makeup work will be necessary. We will post more information on Piazza, so thanks for your patience.
Feb 21 Seeking a Culture of Respect in the Workplace Colleen A. Schoenfeld and Westley Weimer Colleen from the U-M Office of Institutional Equity and Prof. Weimer from CSE will introduce students to methods to create a culture of respect in the workplace. The mission of the Office for Institutional Equity (OIE) is to provide leadership and support on matters relating to equity, diversity, respect and inclusiveness for all members of the University of Michigan community. OIE staff provides guidance, support and delivery of programming, services and educational initiatives to University faculty, staff, and students to support diversity, inclusiveness, equal access, equitable treatment, cultural understanding and the prevention of prohibited discrimination and harassment.
Feb 28 Investments Andrea Darden

Andrea has been doing financial management for most of her life. She started in the field by providing investment reports for her family at the age of 12. In college, she sold oil and gas contracts. After graduating from college, she was the securities coordinator nationally for Capital Resource Group out of Orlando Florida. Andrea came back to Michigan for a position with Charles Schwab as a Vice President and Financial Consultant. At the age of 28, she left Charles Schwab to become an independent advisor. She was ready to change the industry. She did not like what she saw in the big companies and believed her clients deserved better. By the age of 32, she was a partner with Chisholm & Dames Investment Advisors, later Chisholm & Darden Investment Advisors and now C&D Wealth Advisors. At the age of 39, Andrea founded Darden Wealth Group.

Currently, Andrea oversees all firm activities and strategies and is responsible for all the wealth and financial plans for the firm’s clients.

Previously in her spare time, Andrea was a lecturer of Financial Planning at Olivet College teaching many of the CFP® or Certified Financial Planning courses. Andrea holds the AAMS (Accredited Asset Management Certification). She went to Stetson University on a basketball scholarship, later winning two National Championships as a semi-pro basketball player. She has a passion for helping businesses and families reach their financial goals.

Andrea is married to Prof. Marcus Darden who teaches Computer Science at the University of Michigan. They have two children, Catherine, and Marcus, Jr. In Prof. Darden’s spare time you can find him playing saxophone with the band, Global Village, who has opened for such big names as Smokey Robinson, Journey, SmashMouth, and more.

Mar 6 Spring Break! No Class!
Mar 13 Creating a Successful Career Mark Herschberg Mark "Hershey" Herschberg is the CTO of Averon. He is a cryptographer, university instructor, champion ballroom dancer, and author of The Career Toolkit. After graduating from MIT with degrees in physics and EE/CS, he then continued his graduate work at MIT on cryptography. His master’s thesis, “Secure Electronic Voting over the World Wide Web,” created the first online voting system. He subsequently worked in Fortune 500s and startups to track down cybercriminals, terrorists and extremists on the dark web. Although now retired from dance competitions, Hershey was a top, nationally-ranked ballroom dancer. He is passionate about helping others improve their personal and professional efficacy and for many years was been an active volunteer with Streetwise Partners, Futures & Options, TapRoot, and CodeRanch, and serves on the boards of Techie Youth and Plant A Million Corals.
Mar 20 Startups TBA Speakers will share their experiences on creating startup companies, and take Q/A from students.
Mar 27 Ethics of AI and robotics Ben Kuipers

Professor Kuipers will discuss ethical issues of deploying AI technology, and we will have small group discussions on hypothetical decisions you may face in your careers.

Benjamin Kuipers is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan. He was previously an endowed Professor in Computer Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin, where he served as Department Chair. He received his B.A. from Swarthmore College, his Ph.D. from MIT, and he is a Fellow of AAAI, IEEE, and AAAS.

His research in artificial intelligence and robotics focuses on the representation, learning, and use of foundational domains of knowledge, including knowledge of space, dynamical change, objects, and actions. He is currently investigating ethics as a foundational domain of knowledge for robots and other AIs that may act as members of human society.

Apr 3 Intellectual Property Susan Kornfield Ms. Kornfield focuses her practice on high-profile, sophisticated transactions and litigation in the patent, trademark, copyright, industrial design rights, trade secret, unfair competition, and technology-related spheres. Her clients include organizations in the financial services, health care/medical, automotive, sports and entertainment, higher education, and technology industries, as well as cultural institutions and nonprofit foundations.
Apr 10 Managing the complex implications of face recognition technology: A possible way forward Erik Learned-Miller There has been a great deal of hand-wringing about face recognition technology. Important work has shown that face recognition algorithms can be unfair, can amplify pre-existing biases, and can create substantial harm to individuals. Others have testified to the improvements in efficiency of doing important work like tracking down child sex traffickers. Still others argue that many applications of face recognition technology are benign and that large scale bans are unreasonable. How can we integrate and balance these concerns? Many arguments center around machine learning ideas like unbiased learning, better training sets, and algorithms that are robust to “domain transfer”.

In this talk, I will argue that the problem is much larger than these (important) technical issues. To do so, I will examine some of the regulatory structures, processes, definitions, rules, and conventions that have been developed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). I will draw heavily from two separate scenarios: the FDA’s regulation of pharmaceuticals and their regulation of medical devices. The elaborate processes set up to regulate the drug and medical device industries have been remarkably successful (in many ways), and I will argue that many of the structures in place there deserve analogous systems for the regulation of face recognition.

Erik Learned-Miller is a Professor in the College of Information and Computer Sciences, at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he joined the faculty in 2004. His research interests include face recognition, unsupervised learning and learning from small training sets, vision for robotics, and motion understanding. He spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, in the Computer Science Division. Learned-Miller received a B.A. in Psychology from Yale University in 1988. In 1989, he co-founded CORITechs, Inc., where he co-developed the second FDA cleared system for image-guided neurosurgery. He worked for Nomos Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA, for two years as the manager of neurosurgical product engineering. He obtained Master of Science (1997) and Ph. D. (2002) degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, both in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. In 2006, he received an NSF CAREER award for his work in computer vision and machine learning. He was a co-Program Chair for CVPR 2015 in Boston.

Apr 17 No class Work on assignments