Related Topics: Diversity and Outreach
Three hundred and eighty alumni and children visited North Campus June 26 and 27 as part of the Xplore Engineering summer camp, with many of the activities related to or hosted by EECS. [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]
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]
Dec 02, 2013
Sheila Hemami Named Chair of ECE at Northeastern University
Related Topics: Diversity and Outreach
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.
Dec 02, 2013
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.
Dec 02, 2013
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]
Oct 29, 2013
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]
Jul 23, 2013
Tony Fadell: From Apple to Nest Labs, Always a Designer
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. [Read the New York Times article]
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] Related Topics: Diversity and Outreach
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]
Dattoli, who recently received his PhD in EE, will work at NIST on a project that could enable better functioning gas sensors for health and safety monitoring applications. [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]
Michael McCorquodale (MSE PHD EE '00 '04), CTO and founder of Mobius Microsystems with PhD advisor Richard B. Brown, just sold Mobius to the global company IDT. Students may be interested in his talk last semester about commercializing research. [Full Story]
Sep 30, 2009
Joe's Run Across America for MS
Joe Fairchild (BSE CE '06) is trying to raise $25K for multiple sclerosis, as he runs/walks across the country.
Visit his website
Article in the Michigan Daily
Aug 27, 2007
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.
[Read the official California Report]
Aug 03, 2007
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]
May 07, 2007
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...]
Feb 05, 2007
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.
Jan 16, 2006
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."
Located in Detroit, MI, McCorquodale is Chief Executive and Chief Technology Officer of the firm, founded in 2002. [Full Story]
Feb 13, 2005
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
Jan 15, 2004
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.
We held our first tailgate party before the game and attendance was good. Thanks to the College of Engineering, four tables were designated EECS Society and were filled nearly to capacity throughout the party. It was a chance to greet old friends and to make many new ones--and all this with plenty to eat as well. Especially noteworthy were the block M decorated sugar cookies which tasted particularly good during the football game.
But the tailgate party wasn't all we had the opportunity to experience this year. On Thursday evening some of us attended the Recruiting Orientation meeting where we learned how we could support the College in encouraging new students to enroll in our Department. A tasty buffet followed with lots of interesting discussions with the students at the Student/Alumni Networking Dinner. Getting a chance to talk to the students was a pleasant and fulfilling experience. We can all be proud of them. There is no doubt that the University is still attracting bright and highly motivated students.
On Friday, the forum on "Wireless Communications," which included our fellow graduates, Mark Abel, BSE EE, Tony Fadell, BSE CE and Scott Kliger BSE CE on the panel, was extremely interesting and timely. It seems it won't be too long before the world is linked firmly together without wires. At noon, the Society held its annual executive committee meeting as part of the Lunch in the Departments event. The status of the Society was reviewed, its future discussed, and Mark Abel and Allen Oh were elected to the Board of Directors. The meeting ended just in time to attend the Dean's College of Engineering update. Particularly interesting was his description of the plans for our new Computer Science Building and the major addition to the Solid State Laboratory. Afterwards we had a chance to hear five of our former (and present) deans, Van Wylen, Ragone, Duderstadt, Vest, Banks and Director, discuss some of the interesting things that happened during their terms in the College.
Later, some of us attended a seminar by Michael Stonebraker, one of this year's EECS Alumni Honorees, while others took the North Campus walking tour. My how the North Campus has changed, if you haven't been back for a while you'd be amazed--you really should plan to visit sometime.
In the evening, we attended the Alumni Society Awards Dinner where our graduates Michael Stonebraker, MSE EE and PhD CICE, and Robert Trew, MS, PhD, were given the EECS Alumni Honoree awards and Eric Aupperle, BSE CICE, received the Alumni Medal for 2003. We're quite proud of their very impressive accomplishments.
Saturday rounded out the weekend with an interesting tour of the Central Campus, the Tailgate party, and the successful football game.
For those of you who missed all these great events--perhaps next year? In the meantime, keep in touch with the Society. And if you're not a member, please go to the membership page and join. We need your input and support, especially in these our formative years when we are still trying to define our goals and establish what would most benefit you, the alumni.
MSE 1961, PhD 1968
Oct 10, 2003
Eric Aupperle Named Alumni Medal Recipient for 2003
Alumni Medal Recipient for 2003 (UM, College of Engineering)
BSE 1957 EE, University of Michigan
As President of Merit Network, Inc., Aupperle played a vital role in
the formation of the Internet by developing and operating NSFnet, the
precursor to today's Internet. He is currently President Emeritus of
Merit Network and has been recognized for his achievements with
prestigious awards such as the IEEE's "Third Millenium Medal" and the
IEEE Southeastern Michigan section's "Outstanding Engineer of the
Sep 01, 2003
Homecoming Weekend - Oct. 16-18, 2003
Homecoming promises to be a great weekend! It will be a chance for many of us to get together, renew old friendships, update ourselves on what has been going on in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and at the University, watch our beloved Wolverines trounce the Illini, and so much more!
The EECS Alumni Society will have a table at the College of Engineering Tailgate Party on Saturday, October 18, prior to the football game. We hope this table - a place for EECS alums to meet and talk -- will become an annual tradition. And remember that this year it will be just one of the many great events planned for the College of Engineering's celebration Years of Engineerng Excellence". Think of it! The College has been around for 150 years! And the EECS Department has been around for quite a long time, too -- since 1895, that's108 years, which isn't bad considering when electricity was first made practical. For more details see a brief summary of the EECS history.
Since we're still making final arrangements for Homecoming Weekend, remember to visit the EECS Alumni Society website often. And before you forget it, sign up for the Michigan Engineering Alumni Weekend so you can share with us the many other events that will be taking place, including the Engineering Alumni Society Awards Dinner where some of our fellow alumni will be honored and the many other exciting events planned. For all the details and a registration form, go to the College of Engineering web site.
I hope to see you there!
Jul 22, 2003
EECS Alumni Stonebraker and Trew Named 2003 Honorees!
As part of Alumni Weekend, two EECS alumni will be honored as recipients of the College of Engineering's Alumni Society Merit Awards. This year's recipients are Dr. Michael Stonebraker and Dr. Robert Trew. They will receive their awards at the College of Engineering's Awards Dinner on Friday, October 17th.
Michael R. Stonebraker
Alumni Society Merit Award Recipient for 2003 (UM, College of Engineering)
MSE 1966 EE, University of Michigan
Ph.D. 1971 CI & CE, University of Michigan
A leader in information management, on both a theoretical and
practical level, Stonebraker has founded four companies, been a
member of the faculty at the University of California-Berkeley for
twenty years, and is currently an adjunct professor at MIT. He
founded Ingres Corp. in 1980. The company's primary product, INGRES,
became a leader in the field of relational database management
Alumni Society Merit Award Recipient for 2003 (UM, College of Engineering)
MS 1969, University of Michigan
Ph.D. 1975 EE, University of Michigan
As a researcher, Trew has developed important technologies and
theories in the areas of semiconductors and microwave computer-aided
design. From 1997 to 2001, Trew served director of research for DoD,
providing scientific leadership and oversight for the agency's annual
$1.3 billion military and defense research programs. He is
currently Chair of the ECE Department at North Carolina State
Jun 30, 2003
Society Executive Committee Changes
The EECS Alumni Society welcomes Dr. David C. Munson, Jr., the new chair of the EECS Department effective June 1. Dr. Munson, who also will serve on the Society executive committee, comes to us from the the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. His research interests span a variety of topics throughout the field of signal and image processing. His research has concentrated on computational imaging, i.e. on systems that use computers to calculate images from data acquired by sensors. Examples of such systems include computer tomography, synthetic aperture radar, radio astronomy, and hybrid optical/digital systems. Munson has been especially involved in research on synthetic aperture radar, where recent projects focused on radar imaging of the moon, radar imaging of a runway from a landing aircraft, and on a new form of 3-D radar for imaging objects having complicated geometries.
Dr. Munson replaces Professor Richard B. Brown, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Engineering, who, while serving as Interim Chair of the Department, established the EECS Alumni Society. In addition to serving as Interim Chair for the past two years and spinning off two companies from the University, Dr. Brown has been supporting and advising 15 Ph.D. students in SOI microprocessor design, low-power mixed-signal microcontrollers, circuits to minimize gate and subthreshold leakage in advanced CMOS processes, and solid-state sensors for neurotransmitters and for heavy metals such as lead and arsenic. He is planning to take a long-overdue sabbatical next year. The Society is particularly grateful to Dr. Brown for taking the initiative in establishing the Society and for his ongoing encouragement.
Catharine June, who has served as Executive Secretary to Professor Brown during his time as Interim Chair, will continue working with Professor Brown, and will therefore step down as Society Secretary. Ms. June has been a valuable and tireless contributor to the Society administration and will be greatly missed. We wish Catharine well and expect that she will continue to be a strong supporter and friend.
The Society also welcomes Stacie Printon, the new Executive Secretary to the Chair and replacement for Catharine as Society Secretary.
The Society also welcomes Mr. Nicholas B Slovan, an undergraduate EECS student, who was recently appointed to serve on the Executive Board as the Society Student Representative.
For anyone else who is eager to become active in the Society, many other opportunities are available, including the position of Publicity Chair on the Executive Committee. Please contact Stacie, email@example.com if you are interested in helping out.
Bill Becher, Society President
MSE 61, PhD 68
May 19, 2002
Internet Protocols Book Published
Title: INTERNET PROTOCOLS -Advances, Technologies and Applications
Authors: Dr. Subrata Goswami
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers, firstname.lastname@example.org
ISBN 1-4020-7476-X, List Price $125.00
Abstract: IP technology has progressed from being a scientific topic to being one of the most popular technologies in networking. Concurrently, a number of new innovations and technological advances have been developed and brought to the marketplace. These new ideas, concepts, and products are likely to have a tremendous influence on businesses and on our everyday lives. This book addresses many of these newer technological developments and provides insights for engineers and scientists developing new technological components, devices and products. New developments in Mobility, Storage, Telecommunications, etc. are explored in substantial details. Unlike many other books that go very deep into one area, this book covers the essentials of many different areas and at the same provides ample depth for the interested reader. Another distinguishing feature of the book is how IPv6 is treated on equal footing as IPv4 whenever applicable. The book makes extra effort to place IP protocols and principles in practical context through many real world examples of software, hardware, systems and network implementations. The book is about 400 pages and divided into 10 Chapters.
May 18, 2002
Rob A. Rutenbar receives 2002 ECE Alumni Society Merit Award
Rob A. Rutenbar (PhD 1984) received the 2002 Alumni Society Merit Award for the Electrical and Computer Engineering Division. After graduating from the UM, Rob joined the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests focus on circuit and lay-out synthesis algorithms for mixed-signal ASICs for high-speed digitial systems and for FPGAs. In 1987, he received a National Science Foundation Presidental Young Investigator Award. From 1992 to 1995, he was a member of IEEE Spectrum's Editorial Board. Rob Is a cofounder of NeoLinear, Inc., a startup company delievering CAD solutions for custom analog integrated circuit design, and an IEEE Fellow.
May 17, 2002
Larry Page Honored with 2002 Alumni Society Award
Larry Page (BSE CE 95), co-founder and president of Google, Inc. has been awarded the 2002 Alumni Society Recent Engineering Graduate Award by the College of Engineering.
After graduating from UM, Larry went to Stanford to pursue his PhD. There, he teamed up with fellow doctoral student Sergey Brin to create the Internet search engine, Google. Based on it's PageRank algorithm, Google brought a new level of speed and accuracy to information retrieval on the Internet.
As Google's founding CEO, Page grew the company to 200 employees and profitability before moving into his current role as president of Products. He continues to share responsibility for Google's day-to-day operations with it's current CEO, Eric Schmidt, and co-founder Brin.
An East Lansing native, Page's father was a professor of computer science at Michigan State University. At UM, Larry received many leadership awards, and served as president of the Eta Kappa Nu honor society. He built a programmable plotter and inkjet printer out of Legos.
In 2002, MIT Technology Review magazine named Larry Page a "Young Innovator Who Will Create the Future", and a "World Economic Forum Global Leader for Tomorrow".
May 16, 2002
Recent Interview With the Society President
Reporter: I've scanned around the various pages of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Alumni Societys website and it seems to answer many of the questions about the Society. When did it go on-line?
President: It's good to hear you say that. Getting the word out about the Society was our main objective. Although there is still much work to be done before our organization is operating the way we hope it will, the website provides an outline of a few of the many exciting things we have planned. It was published on January 31 of this year, thanks to the outstanding help from Catharine June and others.
Reporter: How did the Society get started?
President: Mainly through the efforts of Professor Richard B. Brown, Department Chair, who could see the potential benefits of a departmental alumni society. He called a meeting of all interested departmental alumni and friends during Homecoming Weekend last October and, as a result of that meeting, the EECS Alumni Society formally came into existence with the adoption of bylaws and the election of officers.
Reporter: Who are the officers?
President: Theyre listed elsewhere on the website but here is the list. Bill Becher, President; Shelia Hermami, Vice President; Steve Schwartz, Treasurer; Catharine June, Secretary; and Board of Directors: Jamie Phillips, Rob Rutenbar, Navnit Shah, and Don Walker. Professor Richard Brown is, of course, Department Chair and Professor George Haddad is the Faculty Liaison. Two positions remain to be filled, Publicity Chair and Student Representative. Were hoping to fill those positions shortlythat is, as soon as our members volunteer to take on these responsibilities.
Reporter: I see you have a Student Representative. I thought this was an Alumni organization?
President: We thought involving students in the organization would create benefits both for the Society and the students. Getting the students involved in the Society before they graduate will, hopefully, influence their continual interest in the Society after graduation. It will also help make the Society better aware of the needs of the students, and help us focus our support on those needs. Examples of this is the mentoring program and career assistance activities.
Reporter: Mentoring and career assistance. What do you have in mind for these?
President: As students progress through their program, questions often arise not only about technical matters but also about career choices. Since our Society membership is made up of professionals in the field, we thought it would be a good idea to connect the students with these professionals. The alumni can benefit too, by identifying future employees for their organizations. We plan to make the Mentoring and Career Assistance programs available exclusively to departmental students and Society members, which should provide a degree of confidentiality and serve as additional motivation for students and alumni to join the Society.
Reporter: What other types of activities are you planning?
President: Well, naturally, we are planning the usual alumni activities: honoring our fellow alumni, getting together at a tailgate party during Homecoming Weekend, ultimately having our own Society newsletter, linking the faculty and alumni together so they might share common interests, and much more. Were also thinking of offering departmental tours and special lectures during Homecoming Weekend so our alumni can see all the great things our department has been doing.
Reporter: Its interesting that you did not mention gifts and donations among the activities youre planning. Isnt the Society interested in that sort of thing?
President: (Laughs) Certainly it is. We expect the Alumni to continue to support the Department, the College and the University through generous contributions as they have done in the past. Our treasurer, Steve Schwartz, has been working hard setting up procedures and methods for gift-giving. I suppose the omission reveals my philosophy and approach to organizing the Society. I did not want the Society to become simply a solicitor of financial contributions. Instead I wanted to emphasize its other goals, objectives such as: the mutual benefits--socially and intellectually--between our alumni, students, faculty and friends; camaraderie within the membership; and all those other activities beneficial to our professional and academic community.
Reporter: What are the major needs of the Society at this time?
President: Im glad you asked. As I said earlier, this website was our initial effort. I thought we needed to describe what our goals and objectives are and to establish a preliminary outline of where we planned to go so potential members could see what we are about. Now that those objectives have been established, we need to get the word out about the existence of the Society so we can increase our membership base.
And most importantly, we need help in carrying out all our presently planned activities. That is, we need volunteers, persons willing to serve on our committees and spend the time necessary to get the various efforts rolling. Identifying potential helpers has been one of the most frustrating parts of my job so far. Frankly, I just dont know enough of our members personally to make assignments. We need our members to volunteer. Those interested in helping should forward a note to our Society Secretary at EECS-Alumni-Society@umich.edu listing the activities they would be interested in supporting and a brief description of why they believe they would be particularly effective. The amount of time they could devote would be helpful, too. Ill do my best to match volunteers to assignments. Our most pressing needs currently are for Publicity Chair; Student Representative; Newsletter Editor and members of the networking committees including mentoring, career assistance and notes and the events committees including Homecoming Weekend departmental tours, get-togethers and the tailgate party. If anyone would like to discuss any of these further or has any other ideas they can contact me personally at email@example.com.
Reporter: Well, it certainly sounds as if the Society is off to a good start. I wish you much success.
President: Thanks! We believe we have the makings of a great organization and look forward to a rapid increase in its activities and member benefits.
May 15, 2002
Note from the Society President
Welcome to the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Alumni Societys home page. The Society already has many exciting projects and activities in the works and is planning many more for the future. Re-visit this page often to see what is in store.Although Ill be describing some of these events in future notes, for now Ill simply say how excited I am to be able to lead the Society in its early stages of organization, development and planning. The Society promises to be a vibrant organization producing many benefits for the Alumni, the Students, the Department, the College and the University. It is an organization where friends can meet, where helpful ideas and assistance can be exchanged, and where everyone has an opportunity to express their gratitude to this great university.But for these plans to develop successfully we need your help; we need you to become an active member in the Society! To do this, go to the Membership page and sign up. Do it while you are thinking about it. Its FREE so no need to put it off. And then volunteer to serve on a committee or become an officer. As our membership grows larger, the better and more effective the Society will become with your help. And while youre thinking about it, go to the College of Engineering Alumni page and Update Your Contact Information there, too.You can also help us by telling other Electrical Engineering and Computer Science graduates and friends about this website. Encourage them to sign up too. The Society is open to all of our graduates, students and friends.I look forward to hearing from you and meeting you at our next get-together. Until then - Go Blue!