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Prof. Kamal Sarabandi Elected President of IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society

Kamal Sarabandi, Rufus S. Teesdale Professor of Engineering, has been elected president of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS). He will begin his two-year term January 1, 2015. The fields of interest of the GRS Society are the theory, concepts, and techniques of science and engineering as they apply to the remote sensing of the earth, oceans, atmosphere, and space, as well as the processing, interpretation and dissemination of this information. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Sarabandi, Kamal  

New Approaches to Solar Cell Technology Featured in Sustainability Hour (Profs. Rand and Guo)

Professors Stephen Rand and Jay Guo delivered presentations for the November Meeting of the North Campus Sustainability Hour on the topic of solar energy and its future. The professors addressed two very different problems the industry faces with current technology. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Energy  Guo, L. Jay  Optics and Photonics  Optoelectronics  Rand, Stephen  Solar Cell Technology  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Sustainability  

Prof. Raj Nadakuditi Awarded DARPA Young Faculty Award for Research that could Help Reveal the Brains Secrets

Raj Nadakuditi, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received a 2014 DARPA Young Faculty Award for his research project, "Fundamental limits of eigen-wavefront based imaging through highly scattering random media." His research will impact the ability to investigate the structure of brain circuits through the use of optical imaging techniques. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Brain  Nadakuditi, Rajesh Rao  Signal and Image Processing   

Life, Engineered: How Lynn Conway Reinvented Her World and Ours

Emerita professor Lynn Conway engineered her life from the start and reinvented the computer chip -- without her, our cell phones wouldn't be possible. But she also pioneered a potentially harder road, becoming among the first transgender woman in engineering. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Conway, Lynn  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  

Khalil Najafi to Receive 2015 IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award for Emerging Technologies

Khalil Najafi, Schlumberger Professor of Engineering and ECE Chair, was selected to receive the 2015 IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award for Emerging Technologies, "For leadership in micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), technologies, and devices and for seminal contributions to inertial devices and hermetic wafer-level packaging." The IEEE Daniel E. Noble award is one of IEEE's Technical Field Awards, which are among the highest awards given by IEEE. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Najafi, Khalil  

Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya To Receive 2015 IEEE David Sarnoff Award

Pallab Bhattacharya, Charles M. Vest Distinguished University Professor and James R. Mellor Professor of Engineering, was selected to receive the 2015 IEEE David Sarnoff Award, "For contributions to near-infrared and visible quantum dot lasers." The IEEE David Sarnoff award is one of IEEE's Technical Field Awards, which are among the highest awards given by IEEE. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  

Prof. Stephen Forrest a Most Influential Scientist

Prof. Stephen Forrest was included in a recent Thompson Reuters publication as one of the most influential scientific minds in the world for 2014. The basis for inclusion was the number of times his publications were cited by his peers in the literature between 2002-2012. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  

Four New Faculty Join ECE in Fall 2014

ECE is delighted to welcome three outstanding new faculty members to Michigan. These faculty broaden and deepen ECE's areas of expertise in computer vision, communications and information theory, environmental and remote sensing, and laser-plasma interactions. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Communications  Computer Vision  Corso, Jason  Information Technology  Lasers  Optics and Photonics  Plasma Science and Engineering   Subramanian, Vijay  Willingale, Louise  

Jessy Grizzle Named Elmer G. Gilbert Distinguished University Professor

Jessy Grizzle has been named the Elmer G. Gilbert Distinguished University Professor of Engineering. Prof. Grizzle is an internationally renowned researcher in the area of control systems. He has broken new ground in the application of control theory to bipedal robots and environmentally friendly automobiles. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  

2014 Promotions of our Faculty

Congratulations to the following faculty who received promotions this year: Valeria Bertacco, Jason Flinn, Satish Narayanasamy, Edwin Olson, Mina Rais-Zadeh, and Zhaohui Zhong. Keep up the great work! [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Flinn, Jason  Narayanasamy, Satish  Olson, Edwin  Rais-Zadeh, Mina  Zhong, Zhaohui  

Eric Michielssen Receives Distinguished Educator Award

Eric Michielssen, Professor of EECS, Associate Vice President for Advanced Research Computing, and Director of the Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering, has been awarded the 2014 IEEE Antenna and Propagation Society Chen-To Tai Distinguished Educator Award, "In recognition of being an outstanding educator, mentor and role model for the next generation of faculty members." [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Michielssen, Eric  

The Car Doctor Talks to Prof. Freudenberg

Listen to the radio broadcast of Prof. Jim Freudenberg talking with Ron Ananian, The Car Doctor, about software complexity in cars. (start at the 19 minute mark of the May 3 broadcast) [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Automotive industry  Freudenberg, James S.  Software Systems  

Thank Lynn Conway for your Cell Phone

Emerita professor Lynn Conway, the hidden hand in the 1980s microchip design revolution, has been named a fellow at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA for her work in developing and disseminating new methods of integrated circuit design. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Conway, Lynn  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  

Mina Rais-Zadeh Receives 2014 ONR Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award

Prof. Mina Rais-Zadeh received a 2014 Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) for her research project, Acoustic Phonons and Their Interactions with Electrons in Gallium Nitride Ultra-fast Ultra-scaled Resonators. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  MEMS and Microsystems  Rais-Zadeh, Mina  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Jamie Phillips Named Arthur F. Thurnau Professor

Professor Jamie Phillips has been named an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, a title granted to tenured faculty whose dedication to undergraduate instruction has demonstrably impacted the intellectual development and lives of their students. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Phillips, Jamie D.  

Now On YouTube: Prof. Ulabys Talk as the 2014 U-M Henry Russel Lecturer

Prof. Fawwaz Ulaby gave the talk Feb. 4 to a crowd of faculty, students, and staff, and was introduced by U-M President Mary Sue Coleman. This lectureship is the highest honor the University bestows on their faculty, and if you listen to the talk, youll understand why he received the honor. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Ulaby, Fawwaz  

2014 EECS Outstanding Achievement Awards

The EECS Outstanding Achievement Awards are presented annually to faculty members for their outstanding accomplishments in teaching, research, and service. The recipients of the 2014 EECS Outstanding Achievement Award are Mary Lou Dorf, Clayton Scott, and Herbert Winful. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Dorf, Mary Lou  Scott, Clayton D.  Winful, Herbert  

Six ECE Faculty Recognized for Excellence

The College of Engineering recognized David Blaauw and Dennis Sylvester for Innovation Excellence, Yogesh Gianchandani for Research Excellence, Stephane Lafortune for Education Excellence, and Anatoly Maksimchuk as Outstanding Research Scientist. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Gianchandani, Yogesh  Lafortune, Stephane  Maksimchuk, Anatoly  Sylvester, Dennis  Winful, Herbert  

Al Hero Named 2013 IEEE SPS Technical Achievement Award Winner

Prof. Alfred O. Hero received the 2013 IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) Technical Achievement Award, "for information-theoretic advances in statistical signal processing and machine learning." This award honors a person who, over a period of years, has made outstanding technical contributions to theory and/or practice in technical areas within the scope of the SPS. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Hero, Alfred  

Jason Davis Receives 2013 U-M Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award

Jason Davis, Alumni Relations Coordinator for Electrical and Computer Engineering, is a recipient of the 2013 University of Michigan Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award. This award recognizes individuals and teams that have demonstrated extraordinary commitment and dedication to diversity and inclusion. [Full Story]

Anatoly Maksimchuk Elected Fellow of APS

Dr. Anatoly Maksimchuk, ECE Research Scientist and a leader in the High Field Science research group at the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS), was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society "for major contributions to the understanding of short pulse high intensity laser-plasma interactions, in particular for innovative experimental work in electron and ion acceleration and radiation generation." [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Maksimchuk, Anatoly  

Prof. Mingyan Liu Elected Fellow of the IEEE

Prof. Mingyan Liu has been elected IEEE Fellow, Class of 2014, for contributions to modeling of wireless ad-hoc and sensor networks. Prof. Liu's research interests are in optimal resource allocation, performance modeling and analysis, and energy efficient design of wireless, mobile ad hoc, and sensor networks. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Liu, Mingyan  

Khalil Najafi Receives 2013 IEEE Sensors Technical Field Award

Khalil Najafi, Schlumberger Professor of Engineering and Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received the 2013 IEEE Sensors Technical Field Award, "For leadership in microsystem technologies and seminal contributions to inertial sensors and hermetic wafer-level packaging." [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Najafi, Khalil  

Jeff Fessler Receives 2013 IEEE Edward J. Hoffman Medical Imaging Scientist Award

Prof. Jeff Fessler received the 2013 IEEE Edward J. Hoffman Medical Imaging Scientist Award, For contributions to the theory and application of statistical image reconstruction methods in nuclear medicine, x-ray CT and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). His group's research has led to improved medical images in hospitals. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Fessler, Jeffrey  

ECE Welcomes Four New Faculty

The ECE Division is delighted to announce the addition of four new faculty: Somin Lee, Johanna Mathieu, Necmiye Ozay, and Becky Peterson. They broaden and deepen ECE's areas of expertise in several areas, including nanophotonic tools for medical applications, environmentally-focused power system design, designing better cyber-physical systems, and micro and nanomanufacturing. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lee, Somin E.  Ozay, Necmiye  Peterson, Becky (R. L.)  

Kamal Sarabandi Honored with 2013 IEEE GRSS Education Award

Kamal Sarabandi, Rufus S. Teesdale Professor of Engineering, has been selected to receive the 2013 IEEE GRSS Education Award for outstanding contributions to education in the field of Geoscience and Remote Sensing. He received the award during the 2013 International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS'2013). [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Sarabandi, Kamal  

Eric Michielssen Named Assoc. VP for Advanced Research Computing

Professor Eric Michielssen was recently named Associate Vice President (AVP) for Research, Advanced Research Computing (ARC). As AVP, Prof. Michielssen will work with the campus research community to ensure that U-Ms advanced research computing infrastructure meets the complex and evolving needs of University researchers in a wide range of disciplines. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Michielssen, Eric  

Research in Production Systems Engineering is Recognized with Best Paper Award

Prof. Semyon Meerkov and postdoctoral researcher Dr. Chao-Bo Yan received a Best Paper Prize for the paper, "Production Lead Time Problem: Formulation and Solution for Bernoulli Serial Lines," presented at the Int. Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) Conference on Manufacturing Modeling, Management and Control. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Control Systems  Meerkov, Semyon M.  Production Systems Engineering  

Neural Probe Research Recognized with Best Paper Award at 2013 Transducers Conference

Doctoral student Fan Wu received an Outstanding Oral Paper Award at the 17th Int. Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems for the paper, "A Multi-shank Silk-backed Parylene Neural Probe for Reliable Chronic Recording," co-authored by Lee Tien, Fujun Chen, Prof. David Kaplan, Prof. Joshua Berke, and his advisor, Prof. Euisik Yoon. The researchers designed and obtained the first in vivo recording of a biodegradable silk-backed neural probe [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Health  MEMS and Microsystems  Yoon, Euisik  

MEMS Research Recognized with Best Poster Award at 2013 Transducers Conference

Doctoral students Zhengzheng Wu, Vikram Thakar, Adam Peczalski, and their advisor Prof. Mina Rais-Zadeh received a Best Poster Award at the 17th Int. Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems for their paper, "A low phase-noise Pierce oscillator using a piezoelectric-on-silica micromechanical resonator." The paper reports on a high-performance electrical oscillator using a fused silica micro-electromechanical resonator. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  MEMS and Microsystems  Rais-Zadeh, Mina  

Zhengya Zhang Receives Intel Early Career Award

Prof. Zhengya Zhang has been selected to receive s a 2013 Intel Early Career Faculty Honor Program award. This award was created to connect Intel with the best and brightest early career faculty members who show great promise as future academic leaders in disruptive computing technologies. Prof. Zhang's research is in the area of low-power and high-performance VLSI circuits and systems. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Zhang, Zhengya  

Prof. Mina Rais-Zadeh Selected to Participate in 2013 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

Prof. Rais-Zadeh is one of about 100 outstanding young engineers selected to participate in the 2013 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, sponsored by the National Academy of Engineering. The symposium will be held Sept. 19-21 in Delaware, and the main topics are: Designing and Analyzing Societal Networks, Cognitive Manufacturing, Energy, and Flexible Electronics. [NAE press release]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Rais-Zadeh, Mina  

2013 DAC Anniversary Awards

This is the 50th anniversary of the Design Automation Conference, and David Blaauw, Igor Markov, and Dennis Sylvester have been recognized with special awards for their contributions to the conference. Among the awards is the DAC Top 10 Cited Author award, given to David Blaauw, for being a top 10 cited author in the past 50 years. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Markov, Igor  Sylvester, Dennis  

Andrew DeOrio and Fawwaz Ulaby Voted HKN Professors of the Year

Based on student input, Dr. Andrew DeOrio and Prof. Fawwaz Ulaby were selected as the 2012-2013 HKN Professors of the Year by U-M Eta Kappa Nu, the local chapter of the national honor society for electrical and computer engineers. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  DeOrio, Andrew  Ulaby, Fawwaz  

2013 Promotions of our Faculty

Congratulations to the following faculty who received promotions this year: Tal Carmon, Jamie Phillips, Silvio Savarese, Thomas Wenisch, and David Wentzloff. Keep up the great work! [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Phillips, Jamie D.  Wenisch, Thomas  Wentzloff, David  

Beth Stalnaker Receives 2013 Judith A. Pitney Staff Service Award

Beth Stalnaker, Graduate Program Coordinator for the electrical engineering program, has been selected to receive the 2013 College of Engineering's Judith A. Pitney Staff Service Career Award. This award recognizes the significant contributions of a single CoE staff member with at least 10 years of service. [Full Story]

Prof. Fawwaz Ulaby Named the U-M Henry Russel Lecturer for 2014

The Henry Russel Lectureship is considered the University's highest honor for a senior faculty member, and recognizes exceptional achievements in research, scholarship or creative endeavors, and an outstanding record of teaching, mentoring and service. Prof. Ulaby will deliver the lecture in 2014. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Ulaby, Fawwaz  

Prof. Silvio Savarese Awarded J. James R. Croes Medal

Computer vision professor Silvio Savarese and colleagues have been awarded the 2013 J. James R. Croes Medal from the American Society of Civil Engineers for developing a method to automatically track structural changes happening in construction sites, while enabling data to be collected simply and inexpensively. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Robotics and Computer Vision  Savarese, Silvio  

Prof. Dennis Sylvester Receives U-M Faculty Recognition Award

Prof. Dennis Sylvester was selected to receive a U-M Faculty Recognition Award. This award recognizes "mid-career faculty who have demonstrated remarkable contributions to the University through outstanding achievements in scholarly research and/or creative endeavors; excellence as a teacher, advisor and mentor; and distinguished participation in the service activities of the university and elsewhere." [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Sylvester, Dennis  

David Blaauw and Dennis Sylvester Named Top Authors by ISSCC

Prof. David Blaauw and Prof. Dennis Sylvester have been named two of the top 16 contributing authors in the last 60 years to the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), which is the flagship conference of the Solid-State Circuits Society. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Sylvester, Dennis  

Special Recognition Award to Dr. Kurt Metzger

Dr. Kurt Metzger, Associate Research Scientist Emeritus, was recognized with a special award by the department in recognition of his outstanding contributions to student understanding and appreciation of applied signal processing, and in particular, of extraordinary contributions to the major design course EECS 452: Digital Signal Processing Laboratory. [Full Story]

2013 EECS Outstanding Achievement Awards

The EECS Outstanding Achievement Awards are presented annually to faculty members for their outstanding accomplishments in teaching, research, and service. The recipients of the 2013 EECS Outstanding Achievement Award are David Blaauw, Wei Lu, and Z. Morley Mao. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Lu, Wei  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley  

Mark Kushner Appointed to Advisory Board for DoE National Lab

Mark Kushner, George I. Haddad Professor of EECS, has been appointed to the advisory board for the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) for a four-year term. PPPL is a major U.S. Department of Energy funded research center established for collaborative work in fusion energy research. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Kushner, Mark J.  

Three EECS Faculty Recognized with College of Engineering Awards

Three EECS faculty have received awards from the College of Engineering: Peter Chen (Undergraduate Teaching Award), Jeffrey Fessler (Research Excellence Award), and Andrew Yagle (Service Excellence Award). Congratulations! [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Chen, Peter  Fessler, Jeffrey  Yagle, Andrew E.  

Ted Norris Named Grard A. Mourou Professor of EECS

Ted Norris has been recognized for his outstanding contributions to science, technology, and education by being named the Girard A. Mourou Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Norris, Theodore B.  

Popular Mechanics names Jessy Grizzle as a top 10 world-changing innovator for 2012

For his work with the bipedal robot known as MABEL, Prof. Grizzle was named a Top 10 Innovator for 2012 by Popular Mechanics. One of MABEL's biggest feats was mastering the run - becoming the fastest bipedal robot with knees. Her successor, MARLO, just arrived at Michigan - ready to take up where MABEL left off. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  

Prof. Mona Jarrahi to represent U-M in NAE 2012 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

Prof. Jarrahi has been selected as one of the nations brightest young engineers to take part in the National Academy of Engineering Symposium, held Sept. 13-15, 2012 in Michigan. Included in the discussion will be serious games, vehicle electrification, climate engineering, and engineering materials for the biological interface. More about Frontiers in Engineering. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Jarrahi, Mona  

Mona Jarrahi Receives ARO Young Investigator Award

Prof. Mona Jarrahi has been selected to receive a 2012 Young Investigator Award from the Army Research Office (ARO) Young Investigator Program for the project, "Fundamental Properties and Capabilities of Plasmonic Antennas for Efficient Interaction with Nanoelectronics." [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Jarrahi, Mona  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Terahertz Technology  

Congratulations to our faculty on their recent promotions!

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Bailey, Prof. Michael Flynn, Prof. P.C. Ku, Prof. Mingyan Liu, Prof. Igor Markov, Prof Brian Noble, Prof. Seth Pettie, and Prof. Clayton Scott on their recent promotions! [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Flynn, Michael  Ku, Pei-Cheng (P.C.)  Liu, Mingyan  Markov, Igor  Noble, Brian  Pettie, Seth  Scott, Clayton D.  

Mark Brehob Voted HKN Professor of the Year

Based on student input, Dr. Mark Brehob was selected as the 2011-2012 HKN Professor of the Year by U-M Eta Kappa Nu, the local chapter of the national honor society for electrical and computer engineers. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Brehob, Mark