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ECE Alumnus Leverages Big Data to Influence Corporate Strategy

Rodger Howell (BSE EE 1990) says data analytics and machine learning can be key to boosting revenues and streamlining financial reporting in this guest column. While many CFOs recognize the value of big data and its insights, some are overwhelmed by the volume of information available and have yet to fully leverage it. Rodger helps companies align costs to their business strategy as an Advisory principal for PwCs Strategy, [Full Story]

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ECE Alumnus Franklin Dollar 2016 Sloan Research Fellow and Most Promising Scientist

Franklin Dollar (MSE EE 2010, PhD Applied Physics 2012), Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy at UC-Irvine, was named a Sloan Research Fellow and Most Promising Scientist in 2016 by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. Prof. Dollar directs the Dollar Lab of Ultrafast High Intensity Plasma Physics. [Full Story]

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ECE alumnus is making unmanned flight safe

Raja Sengupta (MSE PhD EE:S 91, 95), a professor of civil and environmental engineering at UC Berkeley and co-founder of the startup company Responsible Robotics, heads a team spun out of the Cal Unmanned Aviation Lab that is creating new technologies that enable drone operators to easily comply with emerging regulations. To foster the safe development of a new industry, drone manufacturers, enthusiasts and regulators are trying to strike the right balance between access and accountability. Responsible Robotics has launched several products to meet that need. [Full Story]

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Rick and Mara Wallace Establish ECE Scholarship Fund

Rick (BSE EE 1982) and Mara (BA 1988) Wallace have established the Richard P. and Mara F. Wallace Scholarship Fund. This gift qualifies for the University's Michigan Matching Initiative for Student Support, and proceeds from the fund will provide need-based scholarship support to electrical and computer engineering undergraduate students in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. [Full Story]

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Arborlight Names Michael McCorquodale as CEO

ECE alum Michael McCorquodale has been named CEO of Arborlight. Co-founded by Prof. P.C. Ku, Arborlight develops lighting systems that most emulate natural daylight. Dr. McCorquodale returns to Michigan from Californias Silicon Valley where he founded and led several successful firms since 2004. In 2012, Electronic Engineering Times named him Innovator of the Year. [Full Story]

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Tony Fadell Steps Down from Nest

What's the future for Tony Fadell now that he's left Nest? His investments give some insights: synthesized beef, drone operating systems, sensors for drug trials, and semiconductor-based heating and cooling. [Full Story]

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Alumnus Shrenik Mehta to Receive Leadership Award at DAC2016

Accellera Systems Initiative (Accellera), the electronics industry organization focused on the creation and adoption of electronic design automation (EDA) and intellectual property (IP) standards, announced that Shrenik Mehta (MSE CICE 1984) is the recipient of the fifth annual Accellera Leadership Award. The award recognizes Shreniks vision, leadership and contribution to standards development, governance and promotional activities on behalf of the organization. Shrenik is Strategic Programs Director at Synopsys. [Full Story]

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Diabetes in Control: An Interview with Eran Bashan of Hygieia

In an interview with Diabetes in Control, Eran Bashan gave an overview of the d-Nav, an automated solution for insulin management that tailors the insulin regimen to the individual needs of the patient. Eran is CEO and co-founder of Hygieia, and has demonstrated his ability to bring products from ideation to commercialization.
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Science on Tap to feature talk on the unexpected properties of ordinary materials

Babak Ziaie (MSE PhD EE 91 94) will headline next week's Science on Tap at Purdue University with a discussion on the untapped potential of everyday materials. Ziaie has done multiple kitchen-top experiments with Magic Tape, and has discovered intriguing properties that can be used to make inexpensive sensors and tiny robots. [Full Story]

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Tony Fadell: How Can We Design For A Better Experience?

Tony Fadell (BSE CE 91), the designer behind the iPod and the Nest thermostat, delivered a TED Talk on why design is in the details and why designers often get those details wrong. Tony Fadell is a co-founder of Nest. He led the team that created the first 18 generations of the iPod and the first three generations of the iPhone. [Full Story]

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High-efficiency power amplifier could bring 5G cell phones

Alumnus Saeed Mohammadi (PhD EE 00) is working on a new highly efficient power amplifier for electronics that could help make possible next-generation cell phones, low-cost collision-avoidance radar for cars and lightweight microsatellites for communications. Saeed is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Purdue University. [Full Story]

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A cross-cultural journey ends with a life in Fairbanks for ECE alum

Johnny Mendez (BSE EE 95) is influenced by several cultures. Although raised in Venezuela where his father is from, Mendezs mother is Armenian. He moved to Canada while his father did post-doc studies, and eventually made his way to South Carolina for high school and Michigan for his degree in EE. Johnny Mendez was bitten by Alaska while selling posters one summer in Michigan, and made the move to Fairbanks with his wife after graduation. He now works as an engineer in the drinking water program at the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. [Full Story]

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World's fastest silicon-based flexible transistor

Zhenqiang (Jack) Ma, ECE alumnus and Lynn H. Matthias Professor in Engineering and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor in ECE at the University of Wisconsin, reportedly fabricated the worlds fastest silicon-based flexible transistor. He collaborated on this research with Prof. Jay Guo and Tao Ling (PhD EE 2011), now at TE Connectivity. Michigan's role was to use the nanoimprint technique to pattern the transistor channel region. The research was published in Nature Scientific Reports. See also the University of Washington press release. [Full Story]

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Sean Stetson Joins Seegrid

Alumnus Sean Stetson (PhD EE 98) has been appointed director of product development at Seegrid. Seegrid is a developer of 3D vision navigation and automation technology, focused on turning pallet trucks and tow tractors into driverless vision guided vehicles. Sean previously worked at Google, where he served as the director for mobile imaging in the advanced technology and projects division. [Full Story]

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Pressure Profile Systems, Inc. (PPS) Announces Appointment of Howard Goldberg as Executive Vice President of Operations

Pressure Profile Systems, Inc., the world-leader in distributed pressure sensing technologies for OEM products and instrumentation, announced that it had appointed Dr. Howard Goldberg (MSE PhD EE 89 93) as its Executive Vice President of Operations. Dr. Goldberg is the former President and COO of Interlink Electronics (OTC: LINK), where he achieved a 36% increase in 2014 revenue. [Full Story]

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Engineering a Better Life for People with Diabetes

Eran Bashan (PhD EE:S 08) decided to tackle the way diabetes was treated. So he co-founded Hygieia with friend and colleague, Dr. Israel Hodish, in 2008. Hygieia does two key things for its patients; it develops medical devices that automatically evaluate and optimize insulin dosage, and it provides patient consulting and training that is carried out by on-staff nurses, reducing the need for frequent trips to the doctor. [Full Story]

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Alumnus Jian-Ming Jin Honored for his Pioneering Research in Computational Electromagnetics

Prof. Jian-Ming Jin (PHD EE 1989) received the 2016 ACES Computational Electromagnetics Award from the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society for "pioneering work in the development of finite elements in electromagnetics." Prof. Jin is the Y. T. Lo Endowed Chair Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Electromagnetics Laboratory and Center for Computational Electromagnetics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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Alumnus Randy Haupt Honored for his Pioneering Research in Antennas

Randy L. Haupt (PhD EE 1987) received the 2016 ACES Technical Achievement Award from the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society for "pioneering application of numerical and signal processing techniques to the analysis and design of antenna arrays. Prof. Haupt is a faculty member at the Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Department at the Colorado School of Mines. He has authored books on antennas and genetic algorithms.
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Cutting the Cost of Hearing

Dr. Angelique Johnson (MSE PhD EE 2007 2011), founder and CEO of MEMStim, LLC, has fully automated the manufacturing process of next-generation neural devices. Her technology could dramatically reduce the cost, while improving the quality, of cochlear implants. Read the full story and watch the video by NBC Learn. [Full Story]

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Steven Battel Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Steven J. Battel (BSE EE 1979) has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, class of 2016,"For engineering design and implementation of space flight systems." Mr. Battel is an expert on low-noise instrumentation power systems and is internationally recognized for his expertise in the design and development of space high voltage systems, especially for operation in planetary environments. He is working on a device right now that will one day land on Mars. [Full Story]

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Dr. Mehdi Hatamian Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Dr. Mehdi Hatamin (MSE PHD EE 1978 1982) has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, class of 2016, "For contributions to development of integrated circuits for video, communications, and digital signal processing." Dr. Hatamian is Fellow and Chief Scientist - Central Engineering at Broadcom Ltd. He received the College of Engineering Alumni Merit Award for Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2008. [Full Story]

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John L. Tishman, Builder Who Shaped American Skylines, Dies at 90

John L. Tishman, a master builder of the 20th century whose Tishman Realty and Construction Company transformed the skylines of Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles and New York, died on Saturday at his home in Bedford, N.Y. He was 90. [Full Story]

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Coolest gadget of CES 2016? I pick Avegant's Glyph

USA Today was wowed by the Glyph, a new virtual reality headset by ECE alum-founded Avegant. Allan Evans (MS PhD EE ) and Ed Tang (BSE EE ) lead the company that says it can provide the world's first personal theater. With this technology, theres no screen, no LCDs, no OLEDs, no emissive panels at all. Instead, the images are generated from reflected light, which mimics how we see the world around us. [Full Story]

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Robert J. Armantrout Establishes ECE Graduate Education Fund

Robert J. Armantrout (BSE EE 1976) of Santa Clara, CA, has established the Robert J. Armantrout Endowed Fellowship Fund. The Fund will provide merit-based support to graduate students studying Electrical and Computer Engineering. Mr. Armantrout spent much of his career on RF test and measurement for the wireless community. He is currently a consultant at RedwoodRF, specializing in the wireless and RF domains. [Full Story]

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EECS Alumnus Leads $10M NSF Expeditions Project for Synthetic Biology

Douglas Densmore (BSE CE 01), Associate Prof. of ECE at Boston University, will lead the Living Computing Project, an effort to create a toolbox of catalogued biological parts that can be used to engineer organisms with predictable results. These parts will allow the entire field to understand better what computing principles can be applied repeatedly and reliably to synthetic biology. The project is funded under a $10 million National Science Foundation (NSF) "Expeditions in Computing" grant. [Full Story]

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Inventive thinkers at NREL reach record number, including a shutoff idea designed to keep firefighters safer from an ECE alum

Chris Deline (BSE MSE PhD EE 03 05 08), a research engineer in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's photovoltaic performance and reliability group, has designed a concept for a "PV Module-Level Remote Safety Disconnect." The idea is to keep firefighters out of harm's way when they're called to a home with rooftop solar panels, which are normally much more difficult to cut power to in emergency situations. [Full Story]

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Chevy Bolt electric car could be the first mass-market EV success

ECE alumnus Andy Farah did great things as lead designer of the Chevrolet Volt, GM's successful plug-in hybrid vehicle. Now he's unveiling the Chevy Bolt, a concept all-electric car that will be capable of traveling 200 miles between charges and that will sell in the low $30,000 range. This could transform the prospects for widespread adoption of electric cars. [Full Story]

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Googling the Physical World

David Wentzloff wants to get rid of batteries and build the Internet of Things - a "Google of the physical world." This undertaking will use trillions of tiny sensors embedded in everything you can think of, communicating wirelessly. With his company PsiKick, David hopes to provide the technology that makes it happen. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Internet of Things  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Technology Transfer  Wentzloff, David  Wireless Communications  

Irma Wyman (1928-2015), Alumna and Pioneer of Women in Engineering, Passed Away

Irma Wyman (BSE EngMath 49) passed away on Tuesday, November 17, 2015. Irma was a pioneer in the field of computers, beginning with her work on some of the earliest programmable machines ever made. As the first female vice president at Honeywell, she knew success - but she also knew firsthand how rare she was to succeed in a field where women were scarce. She became a strong advocate for equal opportunity for women, and established the Irma M. Wyman Scholarship at the University of Michigan's Center for the Education of Women. The scholarship supports women in engineering, computer science, and related fields. Irma passed away on Tuesday, November 17, 2015. [Read more about Irma Wyman's work and experiences.] [Full Story]

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Alumnus Benson Yeh Earns Overall 1st Place at Reimagine Education Awards for First Chinese MOOC

Prof. Benson Yeh (PhD EE:S 05) of the National Taiwan University competed in the 2014 Wharton-QS Stars: Reimagine Education Awards, earning a 1st Place Overall Award and E-Learning Award. Yeh's group created a multi-student social gaming platform called PaGamO, the first ever MOOC made in Chinese. This platform allows thousands of students to compete on the same map by occupying territory through problem solving. [Full Story]

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Four Tips to Making the Most of Your Data

Too often, retailers hear, You should use big data in your retail operation, and immediately start analyzing data to figure out what lessons can be learned. Unfortunately, without a game plan in advance, this practice is more like searching for needles in haystacks. Brandon Levey (BSE MSE EE 04 06) offers tips for retailers' overall strategy to help them dive into the pool.
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Bioengineering professor featured in Top 100 list on African-American influential site

Bioengineer Todd Coleman (BSE EE CE 00), now at the University of California - San Diego, has been named one of 100 outstanding individuals for 2015 by The Root, a premier news, opinion, and culture site for African-American influencers. Coleman's research brings together electronics for medical use, machine learning and public health. His research group develops multi-functional, flexible bio-electronics and new analytics methods to help patients and medical decision makers. [Full Story]

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NREL research honored with R&D 100 awards

A technology developed at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), led by ECE alumnus Christ Deline (BSE MSE PhD EE 03 05 08), has been honored by R&D Magazine as a winner of a coveted R&D 100 award as well as an Editor's Choice award. The team's research into using a strain of cyanobacteria to produce bioethylene won both awards in the category of Mechanical Devices/Materials. [Full Story]

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Samsung President and CMO, WP Hong, Ph.D., to Keynote at CES 2016

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced that Dr. Won-Pyo Hong (MSE PhD EE 84 88), President and CMO of Samsung Electronics, will deliver a keynote address at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The keynote is scheduled for Thursday, January 7. CES is the worlds gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, and will run January 6-9, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada. [Full Story]

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San Diego Alumni Connect and Celebrate at ECE Event

ECE@Michigan hosted an alumni reception for graduates living in the San Diego area on Wednesday, October 28. There were 40 alumni in attendance, with graduation years ranging from 1965 to 2014. Khalil Najafi, ECE Chair, and Yogesh Gianchandani, Director of the Center for Wireless Integrated Microsensing and Systems (WIMS2), shared updates about the division. [Full Story]

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Dick Daniel's awarded for his lifelong work bringing jobs to Arkansas

Dick Daniels (BSE EE 1948) was honored with the newly created Dick Daniel Distinguished Citizen Award by the city of Rogers, AK. Recipients are those who contributed to the community over a long period of time. Mr. Daniels helped bring Daisy Manufacturing, and 500 new jobs, to Rogers, AK. Though he meant to establish the business and return to Michigan, he stayed after seeing the dedication of the residents to their community. [Full Story]

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Ashraf Dahod: 2015 CoE Alumni Medal Award Winner

Ashraf Dahod (BSE EE ), co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Altiostar Networks, Inc., was awarded this year's College of Engineering Alumni Medal, the highest alumni award offered by the college. Dahod has combined an understanding of technology with a knack for recognizing market opportunities on the horizon and built a string of successful technology companies. Based on his latest venture, Altiostar Networks, look for interesting days ahead for LTE communication. [Full Story]

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Rick Wallace (CEO and President, KLA-Tencore): A Chat With our Alumni

Rick Wallace (BSE EE ) serves as the CEO and president of KLA-Tencor Corporation as well as a member of the companys board of directors. He came to campus as this year's ECE Merit Award winner. He also offered a talk on campus about his life as a controls engineer. Watch his talk here. [Full Story]

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Garlin Gilchrist II: Innovation for the People

Garlin Gilchrist II (BSE CE/CS 05) is on a lifelong mission to bring engineering solutions to communities in need. As Detroit's Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement, he's vital to restoring trust in Michigan's biggest city. [Full Story]

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Jimmy Hsiao A Local Player in a Global Market

Jimmy Hsiao (BSE EE 85; MSE CSE 87) has made Ann Arbor his lifelong home. He finished college, worked two jobs, met his wife, and started a family all in A2. But settling down so close to his alma mater hasnt slowed the ambitions of this multinational entrepreneur. 20 years ago, Jimmy founded Logic Solutions, Inc., a consulting company offering website development, web and mobile applications, and other tech solutions to companies around the world. In his time as CEO, he has led Logic from a local startup to a global company boasting four international offices in China and Taiwan, a presence in California and Chicago, and over 200 employees. [Full Story]

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Students help bioscience get a grip on technology

A team at University of California San Diego, led by ECE alum Dr. Todd Coleman, are designing thin, flexible sensors that integrate directly onto the human body. These sensors can have clinical applications from monitoring infants or brain injuries to measuring the electrical rhythms of the brain. With these and other bioscience projects, Coleman is helping his class to pursue cutting-edge ideas through experiential learning. [Full Story]

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PsiKick Makes the Sand Hill IoT 50 Needle Movers

Sand Hill looked at 50 companies that will form the basic foundation of technologies that address several Internet of Things problems. PsiKick made the list for its ultra-low-power wireless sensing devices that address the power barrier problem. Low power requirements allow energy to be harvested from vibration, thermal gradients, solar, RF or piezo actuation. PsiKick is was co-founded by Prof. David Wentzloff. [Full Story]

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Dr. Tzeno Galchev is the winner of the 2015 John Atanasoff Award

Alumnus Dr. Tzeno Galchev (BSE CE EE , MSE PhD EE ) is the 13th laureate of the presidential award John Atanasoff, awarded for outstanding achievements in the field of information technologies. Dr. Galchev's research interests are in the area of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). He has worked on developing microsystem technologies for harvesting kinetic energy and transforming it to electricity for supplying different wireless and mobile electronic systems using renewable energy. [Full Story]

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Claude Gauthier and OmniPhy: Connecting to the Ethernet Revolution

Call ECE alum Claude Gauthier a global personality. A Canadian with two Michigan degrees, a Silicon Valley career, founder of international company OmniPhy, and customers across six continents, he has navigated his connections to destinations he never expected. [Full Story]

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ISS, founded by ECE Alumni and Faculty, to Exhibit Wireless Left-Heart Implantable Monitoring Device

Integrated Sensing Systems (ISS), co-founded by alumnus Nader Najafi and Profs. Khalil Najafi and Ken Wise, will exhibit its wireless left-heart implantable hemodynamic monitoring system for long-term management of congestive heart patients at the Heart Failure Society of America's 19th Annual Scientific Meeting (9/26-29/15). The device, called the Titan Wireless Implantable Hemodynamic Monitoring System, has passed a study demonstrating a high safety protocol and effectiveness as a pressure monitoring system for the management of patients with congestive heart failure, arrhythmia, and structural hearts diseases. [Read more about ISS and Nader Najafi.] [Full Story]

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5 things to know about 'America's Got Talent' finalist (and U-M grad) Oz Pearlman

ECE alum Oz Pearlman managed an impressive third place finish on this season of America's Got Talent - see what else the talented mentalist can do! [Read even more about Oz.] [Full Story]

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Engineering Friendship - ECE Alumni Startup Helps You Meet New People

While social networks keep us connected to old friends, theyre not so great for meeting new friends in new places. Now, an alumni startup is looking to address this gap in the Web with a new site devoted to getting people together, no strings attached. Called Jetivity, it is a free platform for posting or finding open recreational activities. [Full Story]

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Avegant Announces $24M in Series B Funding to Develop Next Generation of Wearable Displays

ECE alumni startup Avegant closed $24M in Series B funding, bringing them closer to a planned product launch by the end of 2015. Founded by Allan Evans (MS PhD EE གྷ ཅ) and Ed Tang (BSE EE ཇ), the company is pioneering the world's first vivid reality near-eye display. Their Glyph headset combines vivid video display with premium audio in a unique, flip-down wearable form factor. [Full Story]

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Nader Najafi: A Dream That Saves Lives

Miniature wireless sensing and computing devices have the potential to improve peoples health, even save lives. Twenty years ago, working on microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) as a student at Michigan, Nader Najafi had a dream to be part of this future reality. He turned that dream to action when he left a promising career at a large firm to return to Michigan and start his own company. As founder, CEO, and President of Integrated Sensing Systems, Inc. (ISS), Dr. Nader Najafi is now leading the development of some of the most advanced micro-scale medical technology in the world. [Full Story]

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David D. Lee and BioSolar, Inc.: Making better batteries for mass market adoption of energy storage

David Lee, Founder, President and CEO of BioSolar, talks about his company's development of a high capacity Super Cathode for use by battery manufacturers to create the ultimate high capacity, low cost lithium-ion battery. They believe their super battery can double the capacity, cost four times less, and potentially break the $100/kWh cost barrier needed for mass market adoption of energy storage. Achieving the $100/kWh cost barrier would effectively reach what is referred to as the "holy grail" for energy storage. [Full Story]

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