2007-08 College of Engineering Awards   Bookmark and Share

This year's recipients of College of Engineering Awards are:

   David Blaauw
Research Excellence

Prof. Blaauw designs high-performance, low-power VLSI circuits to address the problems of cross-coupling noise, inductive signal behavior and supply voltage variations, which have become increasingly important as CMOS circuits have shrunk. Blaauw’s seminal research has been related to the Razor project, an idea he originated. In order to push chip efficiency, his research team dropped the operational voltage to the point that a small percentage of the storage latches (1-2%) failed at each cycle. A set of shadow latches running a half-clock-cycle behind the main latches referred failures back to the main pipeline system for restart/rollback. The result of this innovation is dramatic power efficiency for extremely scaled devices. The implication for energy conservation in the computerized age is enormous.

John Hayes
Service Excellence

John Hayes, Claude E. Shannon Professor of Engineering Science, has offered consistent and outstanding service to U-M for more than 20 years. Of pivotal importance have been his committee work overseeing the merger of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Departments in 1985-87 and his service as the founding director of the Advanced Computer Architecture Laboratory in 1985-88. Since these early, seminal contributions, Hayes has been a longtime chair for the Computer Science Graduate Program Committee. He also served on the Graduate Student Admissions Committee and the Strategic Planning Group on Graduate Programs. Since his arrival at Michigan, he has served on over 100 conference committees.

  H.V. Jagadish
Research Excellence

Prof. Jagadish is the current director of the Software Systems Research Lab, where his work is known for being particularly interdisciplinary in nature. Evolving out a partnership with the School of Information and Bioengineering, Jagadish co-led the movement to create the NIH National Center for Integrative Biomedical Informatics. Jagadish researches techniques for managing heterogeneity and uncertainty in biological datasets. He started the Timber project, which entailed development of a native database for storing and retrieving XML data, and developed the Michigan Molecular Interactions project (MiMI), a protein interaction database designed for case study and testing purposes for biological scientists. Jagadish aims to make database searches as intuitive as possible.

Jignesh Patel
Teaching Excellence

Prof. Jignesh Patel has taught a variety of EECS courses, but his most important efforts have been in the revamping of EECS 484, a basic undergraduate database course. Patel provided course examples from the prototype Minirel database system he developed in his own research. In shifting 484 from a user- to a creator database focus, Patel has drawn praise from industry leaders regarding the real-world preparedness of U-M graduates. His course is considered to be at the forefront of courses that offer students a hands-on curriculum, enabling them to move seamlessly from academia to industry.