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ECE and data science: a natural connection

ECE faculty and students at Michigan are part of the revolution in data science that is happening today. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Data and Computing  

Hacking the perfect melody

Project Music brought together students from all backgrounds across the university to originate musically-inspired creations for the first Music Makeathon. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Events (Post Event Writeups)  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Why space weather is being made in the lab

National Geographic mentions Prof. Louise Willingale and the HERCULES laser in this story about understanding stellar winds and planetary magnetic fields by duplicating conditions in a laboratory setting. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lasers and Optics  Optics and Photonics  Willingale, Louise  

Pallab Bhattacharya to receive 2019 IEEE Jun-ichi Nishizawa Medal

Pallab Bhattacharya, Charles M. Vest Distinguished University Professor and James R. Mellor Professor of Engineering, is the co-recipient of the 2019 IEEE Jun-ichi Nishizawa Medal, which he will receive For contributions to the development and commercialization of quantum dot lasers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  

Zachary Lemnios: Helping to shape the new Frontier in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

The Honorable Zachary Lemnios, recipient of the 2018 ECE Alumni Impact Award, believes we are entering the Golden Age of Engineering. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

The Disappeared: Beyond Winning and Losing

The #MeToo movement is bringing ever-increasing awareness of the challenges faced by women in STEM. Emerita Prof. Lynn Conway drew upon her unique life-experiences in the industry, and wrote insights in an invited-essay in a Special Issue of IEEE Computer Magazine on "Winning and Losing in IT." This PDF is copyright IEEE. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Conway, Lynn  Women in Computing  

Miniature satellites to maximize global communication

Havel Liu is working on a project to revolutionize satellite systems, improving communications during natural disasters and providing a blueprint for receiving future interplanetary voicemails [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Student Profile  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

A window into the future of solar power

Prof. Stephen Forrest is looking to have windows double as efficient solar cells in buildings of the future. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Energy Science and Engineering  Forrest, Stephen  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Sustainability and Environment  

A stellar achievement: Magnetized space winds in the laboratory

The international team that includes Prof. Louise Willingale is investigating the role of intense magnetic fields dragged by high-speed plasmas through astrophysical environments. HERCULES was used in the experiments. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lasers and Optics  Optics and Photonics  Space technology  Willingale, Louise  

A new company, Omniscent, is sniffing out dangerous levels of toxic chemicals in the air

Co-founded by Prof. Yogesh Gianchandani and alumnus and research scientist Dr. Yutao Qin, the company's subscription service offers real-time monitoring [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  Gianchandani, Yogesh  Health and Safety  LNF  MEMS and Microsystems  Sensing and Sensors  

Rick Bolander: Entrepreneurship is a team sport

Rick Bolander (BSE MSE EE 1983 1985; MBA 1994, Harvard) has devoted his career to fulfilling the entrepreneurial dreams of others as much as his own. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  

Transformative approach to 5G funded by new Innovator program

Nine technologies competed for $75k in the ECE Innovator Program, which emphasizes a team approach to entrepreneurial success. SkyGig, a startup company focused on improving wireless communication in the world of 5G and beyond, is the inaugural winner. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  Najafi, Khalil  

Dowson Tong, VP of Tencent, talks to students

VP of the world's largest gaming and social company, Tong spoke to students about AI, pursuing a global maximum in your career, and what it's like to work in China when you don't speak Mandarin. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Events (Post Event Writeups)  Information Technology  

ECE students display their research at the 2018 Graduate Engineering Symposium

Students' projects encompassed a wide variety of fields: revolutionizing energy systems, advancing technologies, and improving cybersecurity. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Events (Post Event Writeups)  Graduate Students  

KLA-Tencor Announces Plans to Establish R&D Facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan

"We're confident that we can continue to create and deliver impactful technologies that ultimately help enrich the human experience. Our expansion into Michigan will help us realize our vision," said alumnus Rick Wallace, chief executive officer. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Photosynthesis and Clean Energy

In this interview with Scitech Now, Prof. Zetian Mi talks about a new way to create energy from the sun - borrowing from the idea of photosynthesis. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Electronic devices  Energy Science and Engineering  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Mi, Zetian  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Sustainability and Environment  

The Quest to Build Robotic Hands

In this article, Prof. Dmitry Berenson comments on the evolution of robots. Humans can readily manipulate all kinds of object, but robots need better mechanics and a lot more intelligence. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Berenson, Dmitry  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Mingyan Liu, 2018 Distinguished University Innovator, talks about her company and data science commercialization

Mingyan Liu, recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Innovator of the Year award, gave a talk about her startup company and participated on a panel discussing data science commercialiation. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Liu, Mingyan  

ECE Community takes a stand against bullying

Spirit Day activities look to make ECE and U-M a more compassionate, inclusive place. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

Computing visionary honored by Michigan Engineering

The highest accolade from the Michigan Engineering Alumni Board goes to Sam Fuller, a thought leader with a track record of predicting the industry's future. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Computer Vision  

ECE Expeditions travels to GM

The fall ECE Expeditions trip took 25 students to the General Motors Tech Center in Warren, MI, for an insider's look into what an ECE alum might be doing in the high-tech world of modern transportation. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Automotive industry  

Alumnus Rhonda Franklin honored for her accomplishments with the Willie Hobbs Moore Award

From blowing up microwaves to inspiring a new generation of microwave engineers, Professor Franklin shares her research, insights, and thoughts on the future of women in engineering. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Diversity and Outreach  

U-M researchers develop small device that bends light to generate new radiation

Prof. Roberto Merlin led the development of a device the size of a match head that can bend light inside a crystal to generate synchrotron radiation in a lab. Prof. Anthony Grbic led the team that designed the metasurface with former doctoral student Carl Pfeiffer. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Grbic, Anthony  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

Prof. Anthony Grbic receives U-M Faculty Recognition Award

Prof. Anthony Grbic received a 2018 University of Michigan Faculty Recognition Award for outstanding achievement in scholarly research, excellence as a teacher, advisor and mentor, and distinguished service to the institution and profession. Prof. Grbic is a world leader in the development of metamaterials and metasurfaces. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grbic, Anthony  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

Computing pioneer to receive honorary U-M doctorate

Forty years after her paradigm-shifting work in microchip design and education, Lynn Conway will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree at Winter Commencement 2018 on the University of Michigans Ann Arbor campus. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer-Aided Design & VLSI  Conway, Lynn  Women in Computing  

Prof. Laura Balzano receives AFOSR Young Investigator Award for research that addresses massive streaming data

Prof. Balzano uses statistical signal processing, matrix factorization, and optimization to unravel dynamic and messy data. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Balzano, Laura  Big Data  Data and Computing  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

Prof. Amir Mortazawi receives MTT-S Distinguished Educator Award

Mortazawi is recognized as a distinguished educator in the field of microwave engineering and science. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Education  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Mortazawi, Amir  

Stephane Lafortune named N. Harris McClamroch Professor of EECS

Lafortune's research in discrete event systems includes multiple problem domains, with applications to computer and software systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lafortune, Stephane  

Prof. Mackillo Kira Elected OSA Fellow for contributions to quantum optics

Professor Kira was recognized for his pioneering contributions to the theory of semiconductor quantum optics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Kira, Mackillo  Lab-Optics and Photonics  

Gerard Mourou receives Nobel Prize in Physics for the most powerful laser pulses known to mankind

Gerard Mourou, the A.D. Moore Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, advanced and commercialized 'chirped pulse amplification,' leading to more precise LASIK eye surgery and pushing the limits of optical science. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lasers and Optics  Mourou, Gerard A.  Optics and Photonics  

Norman Scott (1918-2018): In Memoriam

Norman Scott, professor emeritus of EECS, passed away on August 20, 2018 at the age of 100. Prof. Scott was recognized not only within U-M, but also nationally, for his work on digital computer logic and design. [Full Story]

Active learning study may lead to a step toward broader change in higher education

Rare in engineering education research, the project directed by Prof. Cindy Finelli involves a randomized control trial to determine if its effective [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Education  Engineering Education Research  Finelli, Cynthia  

It takes two photonic qubits to make quantum computing possible

Professors Ku and Steel are applying their expertise to take key next steps toward practical quantum computing in the NSF project, Two-Photon Quantum Photonic Logic Gates Enabled by Photonic Bound States. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Electronic devices  Ku, Pei-Cheng (P.C.)  Optics and Photonics  Quantum Science and Technology  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Steel, Duncan  

Family Fun Night draws over 500 attendees

Culminating with a laser light show, Family Fun Night 2018 gathered students, alumni, faculty, and anyone interested in the Michigan ECE community to play, learn, and explore all that makes up electrical and computer engineering. Greeting visitors were demonstrations from student groups and research labs, games, activities, arts and crafts, giveaways, and dinner. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Events (Post Event Writeups)  

Art, Economics, and Engineering in Finland

Kamal Sarabandi, Rufus S. Teesdale Professor and Director of the Radiation Laboratory, took a week out of his packed schedule to accept an invitation to evaluate the progress of Aalto University in Finland. "It's important to see what other institutions around the world are doing, especially those that are daring to break with tradition," said Sarabandi. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Sarabandi, Kamal  

All ECE News for 2018