Spotlight on our ECE Undergraduate Students

Noah Mitchell-Ward

Noah Mitchell-Ward was awarded a scholarship from the Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group (UVIG) to support his education in wind and solar power. He is interested in renewable energy sources, and plans to attend graduate school with a focus on power, the environment, and related policy from a systems engineering perspective.

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Paul Giessner

Paul Giessner was awarded a scholarship from the Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group (UVIG) to support his education in wind and solar power. Paul is working with Profs. Ian Hiskens and Johanna Mathieu on a project involving air conditioning systems in commercial buildings.

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Sam Tenka

Sam Tenka traveled to Ecuador with a team of four multidisciplinary engineers to work with youth who have not had the chance to attend school. As part of the Engineering Honors GO program, the team stayed in the city of Quito for two weeks to aid the Street Children Work project.

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Kit Ng

Kit Ng was chosen to be president of W8UM Amateur Radio Club for the 2017–2018 academic year. Kit obtained his first amateur ham radio license in 2014. His interest in radio came about from building radios and antennas from salvaged parts, and he holds an “Amateur Extra Class” radio license issued by the FCC.

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Duncan Abbot

Duncan Abbot and his VR software startup Gwydion want to redefine how humans interact with technology. The company’s latest project, an app called Arthea, has been used in classes to help students visualize crystal structures in 3D. The team also secured a partnership with Mott Children’s Hospital, working to help recovering kids feel less trapped in a hospital bed through VR apps.

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Arun Nagpal

Arun Nagpal helped develop a new section of ENG 100 focusing on space science and technology. Together with CLaSP Professor Aaron Ridley and EE Masters student Abbhinav Muralidharan, Arun developed a series of labs aimed at incrementally exposing students to the electrical and software skills they would need to design and program an atmospheric instrument.

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Leonard Kapiloff

Leonard Kapiloff has been named a future power and energy leader by the IEEE Power & Energy Society, which recently awarded him a Power and Energy Society (PES) Scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year. This $2000 scholarship recognizes outstanding students committed to exploring the power and energy field. Leonard is also earning a minor in Energy Science and Policy.

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Zach Burns

Zach Burns brought home a silver medal from the Rio De Janeiro Summer Olympics in September as part of the US Paralympic Rowing Team. This was Zach’s third year with the team, finally getting to take on the Olympic games after two years traveling to the World Championships.

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Clark Zhang

Clark Zhang earned an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for his research proposal on gathering useful data from MEMS sensor systems. Clark was a part of the Michigan Autonomous Aerial Vehicles (MAAV) team, working with the controls subgroup. He held a variety of internships, including a software position at Thomson Reuters, micro-architecture verification at Intel, and working at drone startup Vayu.

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Leila Syal

Leila Syal organized an alternative spring break trip with M-HEAL (Michigan Health Engineered for All Lives) to Cusco, Peru. This trip was a part of the group’s Service Abroad and Needs Assessment (SANA) program, and each day the students set up a mobile clinic with a doctor from a partner organization. They took charge of a variety of stations, including brushing teeth, hand washing, and listening to patients' hearts.

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Alexandria Strother

Alexandria Strother recently earned the title of Miss Washtenaw County 2014. She has two majors, Electrical Engineering and Vocal Performance, and has held multiple internships at a BP oil refinery in Indiana. She hopes to work full time at the refinery after graduation, while living and performing in nearby Chicago. She's interning there for one more summer before her fifth and final year of school. She is a member of SWE and HKN, and travels to many local schools to promote STEM careers as part of her pageant platform.

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Cameron Polack

Cameron Polack, senior in EE, is taking engineering to the real world. A founding member of the student team BLUElab India, organized in fall of 2013, Cameron is intent on using her major to benefit others as directly as possible. The team was recently awarded 3rd place in the Dow Distinguished Award for Interdisciplinary Sustainability, part of U-M’s Dow Sustainability Fellows Program.

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Shayna Simon

Shayna Simon has been busy. A Michigan native from West Bloomfield and a senior in Electrical Engineering, she’s already taken huge steps to getting her career on track after graduation. Shayna recently accepted a job offer at General Motors, and will dive into a position in infotainment there after school. She’ll be working on a team serving as a bridge between software and hardware development.

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Lauren Bilbo

Lauren Bilbo is a member of the Michigan Research Community. In addition to her major in electrical engineering, she is pursuing a minor in international studies, and is looking ahead to a master's degree through the Engineering Global Leadership Honors program. She's enjoying her activities with the Society of Women Engineers, and will be headed to Spain this summer.

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Keith Porter

Keith Porter has taken advantage of many of the resources offered to students interested in entrepreneurship. He is co-founder of A2B Bikeshare, and will be pursuing that activity at the same time as he works with Boeing on the 787 Dreamliner this summer. In the fall he'll return for his master's degree as part of the Engineering Global Leadership Honors program.

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Kwesi Rutledge

Kwesi Rutledge is a 2nd generation electrical engineering student. He is a new member of the Tau Beta Pi honor society and a member of National Society of Black Engineers. He is also on the track team. Kwesi spent last summer with alumnus Prof. Todd Coleman's group at UC-San Diego, working on wireless wearable sensors. He received the department's first year academic prize.

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Nils Stannik

Nils Stannik's interests lie in combining renewable energy and policy with social justice. He travelled to Guatemala to work on a solar energy project, and later returned with the Woven Wind team. He has had internships in Germany and Ann Arbor focused on power and energy systems, and he has received 2 energy-related scholarships. He is a member of Telluride House.

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Muzhi Wang

Muzhi Wang confirmed his passion for research working in the area of RF MEMS and circuits with Prof. Mina Rais-Zadeh's group. He spent this past summer in the Lurie Nano-fabrication Facility learning how to fabricate devices, and will join Prof. Rais-Zadeh's group this fall as a Ph.D. student. He is an international student, and enjoys cycling in local parks.

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Fred Buhler

Fred Buhler spent the summer of 2012 working in Prof. Michael Flynn's lab with graduate students working in the area of analog and mixed signal circuits as part of the College of Engineering SURE program (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience). He had just arrived at Michigan as a transfer student the previous academic year, and wanted to get some actual research experience. In his video, he talks about saving the research group $100K in test equipment while simplifying the entire testing process.

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Aminur Rahman

Aminur Rahman, Electrical Engineering from Bangledash and New York, is about to gradute - but he's already a business owner! During an internship with a venture capital company, Sargon Partners, he was asked to develop an asset tracking company that used RFID technology. This would allow companies to automate their inventory tracking. He set to work, and got the chance to retain 80% ownership of the new business. He has his eyes on several large clients in the landscaping industry, but says the technology can be put to use in many markets, including the military.

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Connor Field

Connor Field his family, and best friend have been "growing" the latest in modern commodities – energy, at their solar energy farm in Charleston Township, Michigan. It's the largest of its kind in Michigan, and Connor is already known as a leader in the West Michigan industry.

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Colleen Budd

Colleen Budd is from Farmington, MI. She first learned about electrical engineering during a high school summer camp led by Women in Science and Engineering (WISE). Her favorite EECS course as of her Junior year was EECS 215: Introduction to Electronic Circuits. Some of her advice: "Don't be afraid to try new things, think outside the box, and persevere." She says "as an electrical engineer, I have opportunities to go into pretty much any field and do anything I want in the future." Her advice to new students is to get involved, meet new people, and start networking."

Raj Vable

Raj Vable is from Houghton, MI and his main interests are sustainability and community development. He graduated in December 2009. During his time at Michigan, Raj was involved with Alternative Spring Break (ASB) and the Engineering Honor Society (Tau Beta Pi). One of his most influential courses was EECS 498: Grid Integration of Alternative Energy, where he was able to apply his knowledge to a real world project in rural India. At the Jnana Bodhini School, Raj was able to create a system to power the school's computer lab using solar power.

Group Video

ECE Undergraduate Students - Fred Buchanan (EE), Dave Chen (EE), Katie Maertens (CE), Joseph Parent (EE), David Pfeiffer (EE), and Aaron Rocca discuss internships, academic interests, research projects and campus life.

Erin Thomas

Erin Thomas was first attracted to EE because she enjoyed math and physics, and because EE is based in real world applications. During her undergraduate years, her favorite courses were the Major Design Experience courses. She was also able to complete a summer research project in remote sensing. As a U-M graduate student, her focus is on wireless power transfer.

Rob Moran

Rob Moran is from Ann Arbor, MI. During his time at Michigan, he worked two summers with "Magic Bus" constructing circuit boards to increase the reliability of the GPS systems. He also spent a summer working for a local signal processing company, Quantum Signal, started by U-M graduates. In addition to his degree in EE, Rob recently completed his first album, "Brothers Radio - Lived in Ayre," which is available through iTunes.

Mike Boyea

Mike Boyea is from Ortonville, MI. In December 2009, he graduated with his Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering. During his time at Michigan, EECS 430: Radiowave Propagation and Link Design was his favorite EECS course. He also completed a summer internship in Troy, MI with Altair Engineering. Mike's advice to new students: "learn and understand your introductory courses.... and it will benefit you tremendously when you start taking your upper course electives"