ECE Alumni News
Erin Teague (BSE CE '04) was listed in Rolling Out Magazine as one of the top 25 woman we should know in 2015. Erin is the director of product management at Yahoo! The article, part of a celebration of International Women's History Month, describes the barriers she's broken in the industry. Previously, she was named among the 100 Coolest People in Tech by Business Insider. (Check out a previous Q&A with Erin for more in-depth info here.) [Full Story]
Steve Dail, who received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, was named Teacher of the Year by Farmington Public Schools. Mr. Dail teaches Physics at Harrison High School, provides extracurricular activities in STEM, and developed the RoboHawks robotics club. His classroom style has been likened to episodes of Bill Nye the Science Guy.
EE alum Babak Parviz received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards for his work with Google Glass and Smart Contact Lenses. He is currently VP at Amazon. Read the Design News article, and listen to Babak talk about these devices and more during his last visit to Michigan, when he received the Alumni Merit Award for 2014. [Full Story]
Demetrios Serakos published a new book entitled State Space Consistency and Differentiability. Dr. Serakos received his Master's and Ph.D. degrees from Michigan, and currently works at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Virginia. The book was published by Springer. [Full Story]
Nick Yang has always been ahead of his time. As an undergraduate student at Michigan, Yang and several classmates developed a working prototype of a product similar to Microsofts XBOX Kinect 15 years before that product was launched with great success and critical acclaim. While their product failed to find any buyers when pitched to video game manufacturers, the experience gave Yang the bug of entrepreneurship. But he didn't catch it from anyone around him. [Full Story]
When Ed Tang, '11, and Allan Evans, MS'07, PhD'09, of Avegant turned to Kickstarter earlier this year to raise money for their company's new prototype of their premium headphones, they were hoping for $250,000. They surpassed their goal in less than four hours and ended up raising $1.5 million in a mere 30 days. [Full Story]
Intel announced $62M in new investments in 16 tech companies. One of those companies is Avegant, founded by ECE alumni Ed Tang and Allan Evans. Avegant is a virtual-reality company that is developing Glyph, a set of consumer goggles that double as headphones. The company expects to begin shipping devices in 2015. [Full Story]
EE alumnus David G. Mazur, vice president and B-2 program manager, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, was selected by the National Defense Industrial Association to receive its 2014 Rear Adm. Robert H Gormley Combat Survivability Leadership award. Mazur accepted the award on Nov. 13 during NDIA's annual Aircraft Survivability Technical Forum held at Johns Hopkins University Advanced Physics Laboratory. [Full Story]
SkySpecs, the startup that develops and produces autonomous aerial vehicles for commercial and industrial use, continues to grow within the drone industry. The founders recently won the first place prize of $500,000 in the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition and joined a four-month accelerator program in New York City. [Full Story]
Scott Hanson (BSE MSE PhD EE '04 '06 '09) has been selected to receive the 2014 Arbor Networks Ph.D. Research Impact Award. Dr. Hanson is the co-founder, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering of Ambiq Micro, a startup semiconductor company that has big plans to lead the low-power revolution in electronics by powering the Internet of Things. [Full Story]
Peter Tchoryk (MSE EE 1994) is CEO of Michigan Aerospace Corporation (MAC), and co-founder of Springmatter and OptoAtmospherics. Peter wants to invest in entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial activities dedicated to improving the world. His work at MAC and especially his activities in Springmatter help him do that. [Full Story]
Babak Parviz (MSE, PhD EE), the man who led Google's development of wearable technology project Glass, is moving to rival Amazon.com. Babak posted a photo of the Amazon logo on his social account with the short comment, status: super excited. (photo by Doug Plummer) [Full Story]
Dr. Kathryn Clay believes, The only way to make real progress for the country is to find the common ground upon which we can move forward to advance everyones interests. A natural coalition builder, Kathryn implements this philosophy in her current job as Vice President of Policy Strategy at the American Gas Association (AGA), and its as helpful now as it was during her career on Capitol Hill where she influenced key energy policy. [Full Story]
Steve Mollenkopf (MSE EE '93) was recently named CEO of Qualcomm. During his 20 years at Qualcomm, he helped Qualcomm became the worlds largest mobile chipset supplier and the global leader in LTE technolog. Qualcomm powers the majority of 3G and 4G devices commercially available today. [Full Story]
Dawson Yee (MSE EE 87) was the Hardware System Engineer and Architect for Xbox 360 Kinect and Xbox One Kinect. Xbox 360 Kinect became the best-selling product in consumer electronics history - selling more than eight million units its first holiday season and extending the capabilities of Xbox well beyond a pure gaming machine. [Full Story]
Alumni Spotlight: Allan Evans and Avegant: Creating a brilliant multimedia experience from anywhere with Glyph
Dr. Allan Evans (MSE PhD EE 07 10) is on the verge of changing the way we experience media. Allan is CTO and co-founder of Avegant, an Ann Arbor startup in the middle of a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the next stage of production on their breakout entry into consumer electronics. Glyph is a wearable mobile personal theater with built-in premium audio, and it is the first head-mounted display coming to market that will have a virtual retinal display (VRD). [Full Story]
Dr. Babak Parviz ((MSE PhD EE 97 01) lives at the intersection of human limitations and technologically augmented human potential. He led development of Google Glass, the wearable computing system that is nearing wide public release, and is now developing potentially life-changing glucose monitoring contact lenses. [Full Story]
Sheila Hemami Named Chair of ECE at Northeastern University
Dr. Sheila Hemami (BSE EE '90) has been named Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She received her master's and PhD degrees from Stanford, and most recently was a professor at Cornell University. Her research interests include multimedia signal processing, image & video compression & transmission, and visual psychophysics.
Zachary Lemnios Elected IEEE Fellow
Zacharay Lemnios (BSE EE '76) was named Fellow of IEEE "for leadership in advanced technologies for defense and security systems." Mr. Lemnios is Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering for the US Department of Defense.
Ivan LaHaie elected IEEE Fellow
Ivan LaHaie (MSE PhD EE '77 '81) has been elected Fellow of IEEE, "for contributions to near-to-far field radar signature transformations and radar measurement error mitigation." Dr. LaHaie is principal scientist at Integrity Applications, Inc., at the Ann Arbor office.
Alumnus Maysam Ghovanloo (MSE PhD EE '03 '04), professor at Georgia Tech, was in the news recently for inventing a wheelchair control that uses a headset and a barbell tongue piercing. The work appeared in Science Translational Medicine, and was covered by NBC, BBC, and other news sources. [Full Story]
Steve Mollenkopf (MSE EE '93), President and COO of Qualcomm, Inc., presented a standing-room only talk to faculty and students when he returned to campus as the 2013 ECE Alumni Merit Award winner. Watch his talk, What it takes to lead in technology, and the brief Q&A session that we recorded. [Full Story]
New Alumni Startup Promising Better Wearable Display Technology
Allan Evans (MSE PhD EE 07 10), CTO, Ed Tang (BSE EE 11), CEO, and their new company, Avegant, are making headlines with their prototype device that demonstrates a revolutionary display technology called Virtual Retinal Display. It promises an entirely new way to view video that differs from similar-looking devices by projecting light directly into your eye in a way that mimics natural vision. Read more: New York Times, CNET (with video interview), or just google Avegant.
Ninety Michigan Engineering alumni brought their children or grandchildren to a day-long summer camp this past August 9, called Xplore Engineering. The event offered a day of experiential learning through a selection of nine different workshops hosted by the different engineering departments. Here in EECS, they were introduced to the world of Nanotechnology and Robotics. [Full Story]
Dr. Hasso Niemann (BSE MSE PhD EE '61 '63 '69), a notable NASA scientist "whose instruments probed the atmospheres of Jupiter and Saturn's largest moon, Titan," passed away at the age of 80. His life and career are fondly remembered by his colleagues. [Full Story]
Anthony Fadell graduated from U-M with a degree in computer engineering, and moved to Silicon Valley to pursue his fortune. He eventually landed at Apple, where he led development of the iPod, and later became strategic advisor to Steve Jobs. After leaving Apple to spend more time with family, he founded Nest Labs and created the self-programming Nest Learning Thermostat. [Full Story]
Leo Kempel, associate dean for research and professor in the College of Engineering at Michigan State University, was named acting dean of the College of Engineering. Dr. Kempel received his master's and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan. [Full Story]
Dr. Kevin Xu (MS PhD EE:Systems '09 '12) took first prize at the Challenge Problem competition sponsored by the 2013 Int. Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, and Prediction Conference. The challenge problem required the participants to discover ways to interpret given data sets in a way that could be used to predict future social behavior. [Full Story]
The 5th Annual University of Michigan Alumni and Friends Mixer at ISSCC (International Solid-State Circuits Conference) was a great success as old and new friends gathered to discuss the day, catch up with friends, and simply relax together. Alumni in the area are always invited, and several came to reconnect with their Maize and Blue colleagues. [Full Story]
W. David Tarver (MSE EE) gives a TEDxDetroit talk about his experiences starting a telecommunications instrumentation firm in the basement of his New Jersey home, which he sold 12 years later for $30 million. He did so without angel investors, venture capital, or government contracts. His talk will reveal what powered his success, and what is needed in Michigan today in order for that success to be replicated. [Full Story]
Steven McLaughlin (PhD EE 1992) was named chair of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. Most recently he served as vice provost for International Initiatives and as Steven A. Denning Chair in Global Engagement at Georgia Tech. He is a co-founder of Whisper Communications. [Full Story]
The Department pays tribute to the life of EE alumnus Charles Kennedy (Ned) Birdsall, Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, and a pioneering inventor and educator in microwave tubes and plasma physics. He died Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at the age of 86. Prof. Birdsall was the brother of EECS emeritus faculty member Ted Birdsall. [Full Story]
Syed Ali is founder, president, and CEO of one of the fastest growing technology companies in the United States, Cavium. He returned to campus in October 2011 as the College of Engineering Alumni Society Merit Award winner for ECE. Read more about Syed Ali, and watch a short video as well as a recording of his talk, From Michigan to NASDAQ. [Full Story]
Michael McCorquodale (MSE PhD EE '00 '04) invented crystal free solid-state oscillators with his advisor while a student here at U-M. He then started the company Mobius which was bought by IDT, where he is now a General Manager, Silicon Frequency Control. The technology was named Product of the Year by Electronic Products Magazine. [Full Story]
Prof. Anna Stefanopoulou (MSE EE '94 and PhD EE:Systems '96) spoke to NPR about getting cars to 55 MPG, and the work that goes on in the U-M Automotive Research Center. [Full Story]
Pictured is a Micro Coriolis mass flow sensors with submillimeter to millimeter diameter tubes. These sensors, developed by the company Integrated Sensing Systems (ISSYS), are being positioned for use in a variety of industrial applications. ISSYS was founded by Prof. Khalil Najafi and EECS alumnus Nader Najafi in 1995. [Full Story]
In addition to our own faculty member, Prof. Tony Grbic, we also congratulate EECS alumni Prof. Adrienne Stiff-Roberts of Duke University, and Prof. Jack Ma of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) award this year, and last year, respectively. Both Prof. Stiff-Roberts and Prof. Ma are former students of Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya. [Full Story]
Joes Run Across America for MS
Alumnus Avi Rubin responds to recent news about weaknesses in the e-voting machines
Avi Rubin (BS CCS; MSE CSE; PHD CSE) was not surprised to hear that the electronic voting machines used in California (and elsewhere) are vulnerable to being hacked and having the voting results changed. In fact, he brought to light many vulnerabilities in the Diebold machines back in 2003, before the election that employed more of these machines than ever before.
Prof. Rubin is a professor computer science at Johns Hopkins University, specializing in computer security and privacy, especially electronic voting. He is the director of NSF ACCURATE Center, a multi-institution voting research center, and recently published the book, Brave New Ballot: The Battle to Safeguard Democracy in the Age of Electronic Voting. Read more about his responses to security problems in electronic voting machines on his blog.
Eric Chown leads team to RoboCup victory
Eric Chown was a member of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory when he graduated with his PhD in Computer Science and Engineering. He is now on the faculty of the Computer Science Department at Bowdoin College in Maine, and recently led his robotics team to an international victory in the RoboCup 2007 competition. My goal is to make science fun and exciting and attract young people, said Chown in an interview with CNN.[Read the CNN Article]
Wan-Thai Hsu Receives EE Times ACE Award
Wan-Thai Hsu (PhD EE '01), CTO for U-M start-up Discera Inc., received the EE Times 3rd Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) award for Innovator of the Year. This award is given to an individual who brings leadership, creativity and out-of-the-box thinking to a technology, a product or a business. [Read more...]
Juan-Antonio Carballo Makes Top 40 Under 40
Juan-Antonio Carballo (PhD, EE), Strategy Executive, and Inventor, IBM Venture Capital Group Partner, heads the list for the Top 40 Under 40 list of Leaders in the Emerging Growth Technology Industry.
Rick Wallace (BSE, EE 82) Named CEO of KLA-Tencor
Richard P. (Rick) Wallace has been named the chief executive officer (CEO) of KLA-Tencor Corporation. Wallace joined KLA-Tencor in 1988 as an applications engineer, and most recently was the president and COO of the company. He has been responsible for the Wafer Inspection Group, Reticle and Photomask Inspection Division, Films and Surface Technology Division, Software and Customer Groups, and the Lithography Control Group.
Wallace graduated from the department in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, and went on to earn a master's degree in engineering management from Santa Clara University. See also the press release.
Mobius Microsystems, Inc., a firm founded by Michael McCorquodale (MSE EE 2000, PhD EE 2002), was honored May 17, 2005, at the eighth annual Business Success Celebration. Gov. Granholm honored Mobius with an award for, "Largest Job Creation by a High-Technology Company."
EECS Alumni at MTT04
EECS faculty and alumni had a great time gathering at the International Microwave Symposium in Fort Worth, TX this past June 8, 2004. This years conference was called, Microwave Frontiers, and many of those at the meeting have been at the frontier of microwave research for years.
The EECS Department has had a great influence on the MTT society for many years, said Prof. George Haddad, who enjoyed seeing many of his colleagues and past students at the event. From administrative positions in MTT, to being the recipients of MTT awards, EECS is very well represented both from the perspective of faculty and students. Some of those who attended the event include UM faculty: George Haddad, Gabriel Rebeiz, Linda Katehi (now Dean at Purdue), Jack East, and UM alumni who are now faculty at other institutions, including Bob Trew, Mahhu Gupta, and Rhonda Flemming. Others came for the reunion alone just to visit with everyone. Paul Bauhahn traveled with his wife from Minnesota, and Bill Schroeder came from the east coast.
Chuck Krumm, who will have his hand in organizing the next reunion, said it was a great pleasure to be reunited with so many former friends, students and colleagues. While the success of the individuals in this group was truly impressive, their collective success is clearly attributable to the outstanding education they received during their years at Michigan. It was exciting as well to meet the more recent EECS graduates and to learn that they are fully prepared to carry on the tradition of Michigan engineering accomplishments.
Bob Trew, current MTT president, enjoyed seeing not only his past graduate students, including Mike Golio and Alfy Riddle, but the new UM grads. UM must have, by far, the single largest contingent of people attend the IMS, which is really saying something about the quality of the EECS program, said Trew.
One of these newer grads is Rhonda Franklion Drayton, assistant professor at the U. of Minnesota. I had a great time seeing old classmates and catching up with them and their lives, said Rhonda. I feel that Michigan did a good job preparing me for a faculty job, especially in the areas of research and supervision of others.
Including spouses, friends, and special guests, there were approx. 80 individuals at the reunion. Trew, one of the on-site organizers, gives special thanks to Dr. Jack East, and others, who had their hand in organizing the event.
The event was so successful, it has been made into an annual event. If you are in Long Beach, CA next June, be sure to stop by!
For a selection of photographs taken at the event, please go to: https://www.eecs.umich.edu/eecs/alumnisociety/MTT-EECS-Alumni-OnTheWeb/index.htm
Homecoming 2003, A Success
Not only did the football team solidly trounce the Illini 56 to 14 at Homecoming Weekend this year but the EECS Alumni Society made some great strides as well.
Eric Aupperle Named Alumni Medal Recipient for 2003