ECE News for 2004

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Dec 23, 2004
Computer Games Showcase

Saturday, Dec. 18, the students in this semester's EECS 494class, Computer Game Design and Development, displayed their term projectsto the public in the Duderstadt Center.



Nearly 200 people attended, and had agreat time trying out the games that the students had developed. Bothsingle-player and multi-player games were presented. Along with the chanceto play new and innovative games and enjoy refreshments, the eveningincluded a raffle of computer games donated by Electronic Arts andMicrosoft.



Attendees voted on the best games, and the winners, shown above, were:

1. Puck Off: A frantic multiplayer party game where the winner is the firstto clear their area of pucks.
Kevin Cheng, Toby Long, Andrew Roskamp



2. Road to Victory: A full 3D third person team game based on UnrealTournament. Attendees were stunned!
Nuttapong Chentanez, Galen Elias, Arthur Tomlin



3. Dodgem3D: A multiplayer game where players attempt to collect balls,shoot them at their opponents, and avoid perils in the many levels.
James Allen, Nathaniel Hramits, Nicholas Piegdon



All of the games are available free fromhttp://www.eecs.umich.edu/~soar/Classes/494/showcase-2004/Games.htm.



The instructors for this course were Prof. John Laird and Prof. Sugih Jamin.

Dec 10, 2004
Professor Dave Neuhoff Appointed Joseph E. and Anne P. Rowe Professor of Electrical Engineering

David L. Neuhoff, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been appointed as the initial Joseph E. and Anne P. Rowe Professor of Electrical Engineering, effective January 1, 2005, pending Regental approval. This endowed chair was established in 2004 by the Rowes, who received numerous degrees from the College and University. Joseph joined the CoE faculty in 1953 and in 1968 assumed the chairmanship of the Electrical Engineering department. Ann served as a research associate in the Materials and Metallurgical department and then senior research associate in the School of Dentistry.

Professor Neuhoff's research focuses on communication and information theory, source coding, quantization and data compression, coding for magnetic recording and digital image halftoning. He has received numerous honors and awards and was elected a Fellow of IEEE in 1994.

Related Topics:  Neuhoff, David L.  

Dec 09, 2004
Software Project Engineer (JAVA SWING)

Company or Institution: Dolby Laboratories, Inc.

Location: San Francisco, CA

Job Description:

Software Design Engineer (Java, User Interface) Full Time Position Dolby Laboratories, Inc. San Francisco, CA Please send resumes and salary requirements to: czw@dolby.com This position is on the Cinema Software team in Dolby's Professional Engineering department. Dolby is the industry leader in providing hardware/software embedded systems to the motion picture, broadcast, recording, and DVD markets. The candidate hired for this MID-LEVEL position will join a small team of software engineers and contribute to development of GUI applications on Windows, Linux, and other platforms. This is not an audio engineering position. Instead, the position requires software requirements management, user interface development, strong object-oriented software design expressed with UML and design patterns, and delivery of working GUI applications in Java or C++. These applications are critical to the setup and control of Dolby systems for existing film and emerging digital cinema markets. The position includes maintenance and enhancement of existing applications as well as new design and development in C++ or Java. The candidate hired will have an immediate impact on projects in development. This position demands a candidate capable of doing quality work against technical and schedule challenges, following strong software design and process principles, working in a central role, and interfacing directly with product management.

* Bachelor's or Master's degree in engineering or science plus five years of experience developing GUI applications on Windows, Linux, and other platforms.
* Knowledge and experience in the following areas:
* Java programming
* C++ programming
* Portable graphical user interface development
* Swing/AWT
* Object-oriented design and development
* UML
* Design patterns
* Client-server development

Dolby offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, a matching 401(k) plan, tuition reimbursement, every other Friday off and more. We are located in San Francisco (South of Market area) and offer shuttle services for our employees to public transportation (BART & CalTrain).

Dec 08, 2004
Software Application Architect - Appl. Deadline: Jan. 7, 2005

Company or Institution: Trott & Trott, P.C.

Location: Bingham Farms, Michigan

Job Description:

Trott & Trott PC, a law firm based in Bingham Farms, Michigan and specializing in providing services to the mortgage banking industry, is seeking a Software Application Architect who also posses software engineering and programming skills.

Your primary responsibility will be to architect, design, develop, and implement software applications and\or modifications in response to the firm's ever changing needs. You will manage the complete software development lifecycle. This includes consulting with management and end users to identify current operating procedures and to clarify objectives; writing documentation to describe program development, logic, coding, and corrections; and encoding, testing, debugging and documenting.

Through your familiarity with a variety of concepts, practices, and procedures within Information Technology, you will serve as a resource to the Software Team and the firm as a whole. Executive and senior management will rely on your extensive experience and judgment to help plan and accomplish goals. You, in turn, will rely on your skills to research, collect, and report on the ability and capacity of current and new technology to make recommendations for software\hardware acquisitions, strategy and policy decisions.

From a technical perspective, your experience in Microsoft .NET technologies will be leveraged and expanded. Your understanding of Microsoft SQL Server will be used to design, build, and modify relational databases as well as writing code for database access, modification, and construction including stored procedures.

Your experience in internet\intranet systems built on ASP.NET will be tapped to perform a variety of tasks. Complex application features and technical designs will be implemented using traditional N-Tier architectures as well as SOAP, XML, Web Services, and BizTalk for both internal functionality and system to system integration.

You will excel in a self directed, team atmosphere where a wide degree of creativity and latitude is offered and expected.

For Confidential Consideration, please fax/send your resume to:

Trott & Trott, P.C. 30400 Telegraph Road, Suite 200 Bingham Farms, MI 48025 Fax :248-205-4136 Reference: Software Application Architect Attn : Human Resources

Application Deadline: January 7, 2005

No phone calls please EEOC

Dec 06, 2004
David Blaauw Selected to Receive 2005 Henry Russel Award

Associate Professor David Blaauw has been selected to receive the University of Michigan's 2005 Henry Russel Award. The Russel Award is a "special honor conferred on junior faculty members in recognition of distinguished scholarship and conspicuous ability as a teacher." Professor Blaauw will receive the award at the Henry Russel Lecture on March 8th, 2005. He will be honored again at the a banquet to be held in December 2005.


Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  

Dec 06, 2004
David Blaauw wins 2005 Henry Russell Award

Congratulations to Professor David Blaauw, who has been named a winner of the 2005 Henry Russell Award. This esteemed University of Michigan award is a "special honor conferred on junior faculty members in recognition of distinguished scholarship and conspicuous ability as a teacher."

Nov 30, 2004
Sandeep Pradhan Sadanandarao Recieves NSF CAREER Award

Assistant Professor Sandeep Pradhan Sadanandarao has been selected to receive a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for his proposal entitled "New architectures for distributed compression and communication of delay-sensitive information in sensor networks." NSF CAREER awards recognize and support the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century. Awardees are selected on the basis of creative, career-development plans that effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their institution.


Related Topics:  Pradhan, S. Sandeep  

Nov 29, 2004
EECS 598-3: Advanced Programming Languages

This is a 4-credit course that covers basic and advanced topics in programming languages, and shows how good programming languages can significantly improve the reliability of software systems. This course has three objectives: 1) To understand fundamental concepts in programming languages, 2) To study some recent topics and trends in PL research, and 3) To gain experience planning and carrying out a semester long individual PL research project.

EECS 598-3 has been approved for 500-level graduate credit. This course will count towards software area qualification and as an MS and PhD kernel course.

Please see the course web page for further information. [Full Story]

Nov 29, 2004
Engineering Awards Applications

The link below leads to the application forms for the College of Engineering Awards and Prizes. Many carry a monetary award. Juniors, especially, are eligible for the Henry Ford II Prize, worth $15,000. [Full Story]

Nov 28, 2004
EECS 511 New course in Analog-Digital Interfaces

This new 4 credit course covers most of the well known analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion schemes. The theory of analog-digital conversion, as well as metrics and testing of analog-digital interfaces are also discussed Both Nyquist rate and oversampling converters are covered. Nyquist rate schemes include flash, folding, multi-step and pipeline. The main focus is on CMOS circuits but some bipolar schemes are also discussed. The emphasis is on designing circuits that can be built on state-of-the-art commercial integrated circuit processes. Related topics in mixed signal design are also covered. The course begins with a short review of mixed-signal design. Common building blocks, such as comparators and opamps are examined in detail. However, students are expected to have a good knowledge of analog design fundamentals (i.e. feedback, small signal analysis, stability etc.) and should also be familiar with spice or spectre, before taking this course. EECS 413 (or an equivalent) is a prerequisite. Design work is a significant part of this course. Students design and model complete converters. Design is done with the aid of Matlab, Composer and Spectre. Follow the link below for information on the projects from an earlier special topics offering of this material. The course includes homeworks, design assignments, a mid-term and a design project. [Full Story]

Nov 24, 2004
W05,EECS 598-1: PRODUCTION SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

WINTER 2005

EECS 598-1

PRODUCTION SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

Instructor S.M. Meerkov

This course is devoted to rigorous engineering methods for analysis, design, and continuous improvement of production systems in large volume manufacturing. The main topics include:

1. Quantitative methods for analysis of production systems
2. Analytical methods for design of lean in-process buffering
3. Analytical methods for design of lean finished goods buffering
4. Measurement-based methods for identification, monitoring, and elimination of production systems bottlenecks
5. System-theoretic properties of production lines in large volume manufacturing

The techniques included in this course have been developed at the University of Michigan during the last 15 years. They have been applied in numerous projects at GM, Ford and DaimlerChrysler.

The only prerequisite for the course is elementary probability theory. However, all probability notions, necessary for the course, will be reviewed.

The course includes weekly homework assignments, one midterm, and a project to be presented as a final exam.

The course is 3 credit hours. It is open to all graduate students in CoE and UMBS. Advanced undergraduates are also welcome.

To accommodate industrial audience pursuing continued education, the course will meet once a week, from 6 to 9 pm. The day of the week is yet to be determined (depending on students’ convenience and scheduling constraints).

Nov 23, 2004
EECS 580: Advanced Computer Graphics

  • Instructor: Igor Guskov
  • Times: Mondays and Wednesdays 12:30pm-2:30pm
This is a graduate-level course in Computer Graphics, with emphasis on geometric modeling and real-time rendering techniques. Intended audience for this course includes CSE graduate students interested in graphics, as well as undergraduate students who took EECS 487 but would like to learn more. Basic knowledge of OpenGL and working knowledge of C/C++ is assumed.
The course is on the software qual exam list in CSE PhD program.
Prerequisites: EECS 487 (or equivalent) or graduate standing [Full Story]

Nov 23, 2004
Professor Mohammed Islam Elected IEEE Fellow

In recognition of his "contributions to optical fiber based non-linear devices and their applications in telecommunication networks," Professor Mohammed Islam has been elected a Fellow of IEEE, effective January 1, 2005.


Related Topics:  Islam, Mohammed  

Nov 23, 2004
EECS398-1: Data Structures, Algorithms, and Advanced Applications

Prereq: EECS 203, 280, and strong programming background. Can be used in lieu of EECS 281 to satisfy the CS (both CoE and LSA) degree requirement and cannot be taken for credit along with EECS 281. (4 credits)

An intensive coverage of EECS 281 material, supplemented with more advanced data structures and algorithms used in practical applications such as text compression, textual search, predictive input, one-way hash functions, etc. Potential advanced data structures covered include skip list, splay tree, calendar queue, bloom filter, quad-tree, and others. Emphasis placed on practical applications of these algorithms and data structures. Several fairly specific and well-defined programming problems assigned. Students are assumed to have strong programming background.

The workload for this course is intended to be about the same as for EECS 281. For more information on workload and grading policy please visit the course web site listed above. [Full Story]

Nov 23, 2004
W05,EECS 598-2: Circuits and Architectures for Wireless Applications

Term: Winter 05
Course#: 598-2
Instructor: Ranjit Gharpurey
Credit hours: 4
Schedule: MW 10:30AM-12:30PM
Prerequisites: Required EECS 413 or equivalent.

Course Description:
This course will cover design and implementation issues in physical layer architectures for wireless applications at the RF/analog and mixed-signal levels. The course will begin with an introduction to impairments in physical layers such as noise and distortion.  An overview of specialized circuits employed in wireless systems and their relevant metrics will be provided. The discussion will include a description of transceivers from RF to baseband and PLL architectures. The emphasis will be on integrated solutions in CMOS/Bipolar/BiCMOS technologies. This will cover popular implementations such as direct-conversion, low-IF, heterodyne, polar etc. Choice of architectures, technology trade-offs and partitioning issues between analog and digital sections will be considered.  The discussion will use case studies from several narrow-band (such as cellular and WLAN)  and also emerging broadband wireless systems.

Nov 15, 2004
Senior Software Engineer

Company or Institution: Spherion Professional Recruiting

Location: Toledo, Ohio

Job Description:

Pay 86 to 90K
General Summary: Under limited direction, coordinates and manages embedded software design projects. Oversees, assigns and reviews work of lower level colleagues. Creates software design concepts, specifications and testing plans. Interacts with customers, suppliers and affiliates on issues pertaining to embedded software design projects. Provides sales and technical support to customers. Follows the DIAM Operating System (DOS) with respect to individual programs.

Essential Responsibilities:

1. Coordinates and manages embedded software design projects. Creates project schedules and oversees specification preparation and approval.

2. Oversees, assigns and reviews work of lower level colleagues. Mentors and provides guidance and training; provides input into Associate performance evaluations.

3. Creates software design concepts and complex specifications.

4. Develops and defines embedded software test strategies and plans. Ensures that end result meets specifications.

5. Investigates and follows up on major or non-routine customer field complaints. Recommends resolutions.

6. Provides support to sales efforts in developing materials for technical review, and preparing and delivering technical presentations to affiliates and customers.

7. Negotiates project and related engineering issues with customers, suppliers and affiliates.

8. Analyzes current processes and systems. Identifies and implements activities to improve efficiency and effectiveness of group.

9. Follows the DIAM Operating System (DOS) with respect to managing individual programs. Informs the Program Leaders and functional management of the progress being made toward each milestone within the program. May be required to act in the Program Leader role and perform all related activities, as defined.

10. Follows general organization-wide and department-specific QS-9000 policies, procedures and work instructions.

11. Participates in and supports environmental ISO 14001 and safety activities by developing supporting goals and objectives, attending required training, complying with established procedures and initiating and implementing corrective actions, as needed.

Minimum Level of Education and Training Required: Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or Computer Science.

Five to eight years of embedded software design experience, preferably within the automotive industry.

Previous experience in C-programming and assembly language programming.

Minimum Level of Knowledge and Skills Required: Analytical skills to find solutions to difficult situations. Assignments are received in the form of results expected; determines proper course of action. Recognizes cause and effect relationship despite intervening steps. Anticipates problems and recognizes need for modified approaches; understands importance of adapting past experiences in present work environment. Generates new ideas and responds with several alternative options.

Written and verbal communication skills for varied interaction involving a wide range of subjects. Influences and anticipates needs of others and acts as subject matter expert. Wide latitude for the manner in which communications are structured. Situations may be controversial or sensitive and may lead to confrontation. Extremely high levels of diplomacy and tact are required in order to build consensus and negotiate resolutions while garnering support; skillful presenter.

Negotiation skills to break through established barriers to produce considerable results or gains. Recognizes subtle cues and shifts tactics as appropriate. Persuades others to change positions and makes large impact without offending. Sells new ideas that have little initial backing from others.

Customer service skills to promote and support a service-oriented environment and encourage others to improve and refine their service actions. Measures personal success by customers' achievements. Acts as a resource to internal customers in identifying and solving customer issues.

Advanced knowledge and demonstrated competency in working with computer software and development tools in order to troubleshoot issues and extrapolate, manipulate and analyze data.

Project management skills including the ability to define program, project or process objectives, identify customers/stakeholders and their interests, plan steps, and to coordinate resources to accomplish goals and objectives in an effective and timely manner.

Demonstrated knowledge and application of general engineering principles and methodologies.

Demonstrated knowledge of microcomputer, hardware, embedded software, development tools, and de-bugging methods in order to develop, configure, test and de-bug software.

Minimum Level of Physical Effort Required: Concentrates and pays close attention to detailed job responsibilities. Stands or sits, walks and typically lifts 10-20 pounds.

Work Environment: Pleasant, well-lighted area with comfortable temperature and without significant amounts of dust, fumes or odors. Unavoidable accidents and health hazards are unlikely.

Leadership Responsibility: Mentors and provides guidance to lower level colleagues.

Targeted Level of Behavioral Competencies: Core Competencies: 1. Accountability/Commitment: Strives to exceed own commitments. Consistently looks for ways to exceed expectations and add more value, is creative and sets the pace for others. Holds others to high levels of trust. Personally accepts responsibility for team results. Puts personal reputation on the line for team goals; viewed as a proactive leader. Accepts responsibility for outcomes. Concerned about the ultimate product of the team/department. Achieves unexpected results through high self-imposed demands.

2. Culture and Diversity: Proactively takes advantage of the Benefits of Diversity at DIAM. Gives thought to and is aware of diversity/cultural issues and their meaning in the workplace. Engages associates with cultural differences to better adjust one's own behaviors. Seeks feedback concerning own actions. Works at being thoughtful. Adapts work behavior in major ways to improve one's own functioning. Teaches others his/her cultural background as it affects the work. Invests considerable effort to support a climate of tolerance.

3. Kaizen: Develops and implements strategies to inspire a continuous improvement orientation in others. Acts in visible ways to move others toward improvement. Teaches and expects Kaizen efforts by fellow associates. Viewed by others as a resource in identifying and developing process improvements. Looks ahead to predict changes in the work environment and prepares for them ahead of time. Prepares others. Identifies problems beyond own area that are very complex. Predicts problems affecting many areas.

4. Quality First: Teaches models, demands high quality over a wide range of associates. Helps to raise standards beyond own area/department. Expects associates to maintain high quality and positively encourages quality output. Recognizes opportunities to standardize procedures across departments. Works with others to implement those standards. Viewed by peers as a resource for interpreting and applying the rules. Sought after for assistance when perhaps no established guideline of practice exists.

5. Team Player: Actively plans, and uses workplace issues to foster teamwork in others. Defines own work role in terms of DENSO overall team accomplishment, forsaking personal credit for the benefit of the team. Leads cross-functional teams. Selected to lead multi-departmental teams facing difficult challenges. A company-wide team leader with a very strong personal commitment to the team concept.

Critical Competencies: 1. Analytical Thinking Skills: Superb Analytical Thinker at Organizational Level. Quickly anticipates the impact of new information upon various functional areas within DIAM. Extends own and others' understanding by taking cause/effect analysis further. Develops his or her systems/tools for generating better data or enhanced understanding of previously available data. Displays consistent, persistent high quality investigation of information, which directly or indirectly impinges upon the business in the broad organizational sense.

2. Customer Service: Creates a Culture of Customer Satisfaction. Develops and implements strategies for creating a customer satisfaction culture in the DIAM organization. Serves as a model for the organization. His/her service orientation and practices are an example for the entire organization. Helps individuals and departments form partnerships to support customer service. Facilitates working relationships within DIAM. Is sought out for advice and analysis for long term customer satisfaction planning.

3. Information Seeking: Seeks Additional Information. Digs into background of situation to determine the best course of action. Open to new information/ideas/ approaches. Takes issues to superiors when questions lead to problem solving. Consistently aware of limits of information in personal knowledge base and seeks to fill information gaps.

4. Long term Vision: Strategic Thinker. Operates in planning and execution from a broad conceptual understanding of the business and the industry. Uses those conceptual skills to effectively project his or her thoughts ahead through several business cycles. Brings sophisticated conceptual thinking and vision to complex planning and process development. Consistently models the proper spirit/philosophical vision in how he or she approaches the leadership role. Other associates look to him or her as an example of how to perform in difficult or ambiguous times. Is looked to by others as a "natural leader" on an informal level.

5. Urgency/Responsiveness: Sets the Pace for Others. Strives on own accord to produce work in advance of the deadline. Anticipates problems and tries to get ahead of schedule while maintaining quality. Strongly appreciates the demands on customer's deadlines and/or imperatives. Works to improve systems for keeping internal or external customers informed. Helps associates to improve status communication. Their strong commitment to deadlines makes people eager to seek their services.

If you are interested or know somebody that may be interested in these positions, please contact me.

Regards,

Mark McGarvey Executive IT Recruiter Spherion Professional Recruiting ISO 9001~2000 Registered 419-893-2400, Extension 1291 Cell 419 349-3837

Nov 15, 2004
Software Engineer

Company or Institution: Spherion Professional Recruiting

Location:Toledo, Ohio

Job Description:

Pay 65 to 70K
General Summary:
Under general supervision, codes and tests embedded software in light of specifications and requirements. Investigates and analyzes issues/problems and recommends and implements solutions. Provides sales and technical support to customers. Follows the DIAM Operating System (DOS) with respect to managing individual programs.

Essential Responsibilities:

1. Codes embedded software in light of specifications and requirements.

2. Performs software testing. Analyzes testing results, validates codes, identifies issues/problems and makes recommendations for improvements.

3. Investigates and follows up on minor or routine customer field complaints. Recommends and implements resolutions.

4. Provides support to sales efforts in developing materials for technical review, and preparing and delivering technical presentations to affiliates and customers.

5. Follows the DIAM Operating System (DOS) with respect to managing individual programs. Informs the Program Leaders and functional management of the progress being made toward each milestone within the program. May be required to act in the Program Leader role and perform all related activities, as defined.

6. Follows general organization-wide and department-specific QS-9000 policies, procedures and work instructions.

7. Participates in and supports environmental ISO 14001 and safety activities by developing supporting goals and objectives, attending required training, complying with established procedures and initiating and implementing corrective actions, as needed.

Minimum Level of Education and Training Required: Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or Computer Science.

Some experience in C-programming and assembly language programming.

Related experience within the automotive industry preferred.

Minimum Level of Knowledge and Skills Required: Analytical skills to handle reasonably complex situations from both the micro and macro level perspective. Uses professionally recognized techniques when standard protocols are not available; must be practically applied in innovative ways. Must rely on judgment to gather information from and follow-up with various outside sources; considers broad range of issues/factors. Recommends creative resolutions and improvements.

Written and verbal communication skills to interpret and/or discuss technical or sensitive information with internal and external customers. Discretion in deciding what and how to communicate. Oral presentation skills to maximize the impact of thoughts transmitted.

Customer service skills to address customer issues and partner on resolutions. Approaches every business relationship as a partnership. Makes concentrated effort to keep relationships positive and fruitful.

In-depth understanding and demonstrated competency in working with computer software and development tools in order to manipulate, analyze, and reconcile data.

Demonstrated knowledge and application of general engineering principles and methodologies.

Basic knowledge of microcomputer, hardware, embedded software, development tools, and de-bugging methods in order to develop, configure, test and de-bug software.

Minimum Level of Physical Effort Required: Concentrates and pays close attention to detailed job responsibilities. Stands or sits, walks and typically lifts 10-20 pounds.

Work Environment:
Pleasant, well-lighted area with comfortable temperature and without significant amounts of dust, fumes or odors. Unavoidable accidents and health hazards are unlikely.

Leadership Responsibility:
No formal management or leadership authority.

Targeted Level of Behavioral Competencies:
Core Competencies:
1. Accountability/Commitment: Strives to exceed own commitments. Consistently looks for ways to exceed expectations and add more value, is creative and sets the pace for others. Holds others to high levels of trust. Personally accepts responsibility for team results. Puts personal reputation on the line for team goals; viewed as a proactive leader. Accepts responsibility for outcomes. Concerned about the ultimate product of the team/department. Achieves unexpected results through high self-imposed demands.

2. Culture and Diversity: Proactively takes advantage of the Benefits of Diversity at DIAM. Gives thought to and is aware of diversity/cultural issues and their meaning in the workplace. Engages associates with cultural differences to better adjust one's own behaviors. Seeks feedback concerning own actions. Works at being thoughtful. Adapts work behavior in major ways to improve one's own functioning. Teaches others his/her cultural background as it affects the work. Invests considerable effort to support a climate of tolerance.

3. Kaizen: Takes responsibility for acting to improve processes. Looks for improvements in the overall work processes, including those involving others. Helps others to react constructively to the changes within the work environment. Identifies problems in related but separate areas and presents them for resolution.

4. Quality First: Acts to ensure quality. Determines and delivers appropriate level of quality. Appropriately assesses the time/value aspect. Applies and adapts processes to other tasks in a standardized way. Understands the impact of quality for all customers in the chain. Consistently delivers high quality even on the more difficult and complex items.

5. Team Player: Makes a major effort to support the divisional team, often sacrificing personal gains or credit for team accomplishments. Possesses a recognized ability for conflict resolution and is often called upon to mediate conflicts for other teams or groups within the organization. Demonstrates a high personal commitment to the team concept. Represents and speaks on behalf of the department team to other others/department.

Critical Competencies: 1. Analytical Thinking Skills: Strong Analytical Thinker at the Departmental Level. Consistently brings an order to difficult business problems by using the Ƌ whys', P.D.C.A. and other critical analytical tools in a deliberate manner. Consistently asks the background/context questions that focus the attention of associates on the important aspects of the problem. Demonstrates the ability to suspend detailed analysis when it is no longer fruitful or when broad 'conceptual-think' is more appropriate. Can extend systematic thinking by meshing processes that may be happening in different settings at the same time.

2. Customer Service: Supports a Customer Oriented Organizational Culture. Supports a service-oriented environment that leads others to improve their service actions. Is an enthusiastic partner for the customer. Enjoys working to help accomplish customer goals. Measures personal success by customers' achievements and approaches every business relationship as a partnership. Widely recognized by internal customers beyond own department as a resource for helping others to identify and solve problems. Focused on long term success of customers. Helps customers get resources needed for long term success.

3. Efficiency Orientation: Strong Efficiency Orientation. Carefully works with diligence, and consistently exceeds expectations for production and accuracy. Approaches work with an open mind and improvement orientated demeanor. Continually monitors their own behaviors and is self-adjusting. Encourages and recognizes efficiency orientation in others.

4. Information Seeking: Seeks Additional Information. Digs into background of situation to determine the best course of action. Open to new information/ideas/ approaches. Takes issues to superiors when questions lead to problem solving. Consistently aware of limits of information in personal knowledge base and seeks to fill information gaps.

5. Urgency/Responsiveness: High Self Motivation. Needs no supervision to meet time requirements. Is very aware of deadlines and moves on own accord to meet them. Is consistently on time with all work. Provides more information than the customer expects but still keeps it relevant and productive. Responds strongly and personally to a need. Shows that his or her role is a key part of the overall process and appreciates the role and problems of the person making the request.

If you are interested or know somebody that may be interested in these positions, please contact me.

Regards,

Mark McGarvey Executive IT Recruiter Spherion Professional Recruiting ISO 9001~2000 Registered 419-893-2400, Extension 1291 Cell 419 349-3837

Nov 12, 2004
Saurabh Adya To Receive Engineering Research Mentor Award

Saurabh Adya, who completed his Ph.D in June 2004, will receive the College of Engineering's Research Mentor Award. The award will be presented on November 23 at a ceremony in the Lurie Engineering Building on North Campus. The award was established in 2003 by the Office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Education and the Graduate Student Advisory Committee. It recognizes graduate students and post-docs who go above-and-beyond their ordinary responsibilities, to guide other students through the sometimes overwhelming process of conducting research.

Nov 12, 2004
Igor Markov Receives ACM SIGDA Outstanding New Faculty Award

Professor Igor Markov received the 2004 ACM SIGDA Outstanding New Faculty Award at the opening ceremony of ICCAD (International Conference on Computer-Aided Design) on November 8. This award recognizes a junior faculty member early in her or his academic career who demonstrates outstanding potential as an educator and/or researcher in the field of electronic design automation. While prior research and/or teaching accomplishments are important, the selection committee especially considers the impact that the candidate has had on her or his department and on the EDA field during the initial years of their academic appointment. Professor Markov was one of two recipients to receive the award this year.

Nov 09, 2004
EECS 498-1: Computer Security and Trustworthy Computing

Prerequisite: EECS 482. 4 credits. Semester: Winter 2005 Instructor: Professor Atul Prakash Security components and threats. Integrity: one-way hash functions, digital signatures. Confidentiality: stream and block ciphers, efficiency considerations in use of cryptography. Authentication methods and their security analysis: passwords, biometrics, smartcards, network authentication protocols such as Kerberos and SSL. Authorization: access control models, discretionary-access control and mandatory-access control policies. Software security analysis: attack trees. Software attacks and writing secure code: exploits of buffer overflows, race conditions, misplaced trust. Security testing: fault-injection techniques, fuzzers, code analysis tools. OS kernel attacks and defenses. Auditing and intrusion detection. Perimeter security: firewalls. Overall system planning for security. Group programming projects. [Full Story]

Nov 09, 2004
EECS Teams Place in East Central North America Regional ACM Programming Competition

Last Saturday, 131 teams competed in the East Central North America Regional ACM Programming Competition. The University of Michigan entered 2 teams (the Victors and the Valiants), and they placed 3rd and 4th, respectively. This qualifies the Victors to participate in the International Competition which will be held in Shanghai, China, April 3-7, 2005. Hearty congratulations to the team members, listed below, and to Coach Kevin Compton and Assistant Coaches Jarrod Roy and Charles Zhang. UM Victors: Nuttapong Chentanez, Galen Elias, Jim McCann UM Valiant: Will Cheng, Joe Frikker, Brianna Satinoff

Nov 03, 2004
EECS Fall Bash Party

EECS Students, Faculty, Staff, and Friends, Please come to the first annual EECS Fall Bash: a mixer, party, and variety show featuring performances by EECS students, faculty, staff, and friends. This will be a wonderful opportunity for the entire department to relax in an informal and entertaining setting with music, poetry, skits, food, and conversation.

Time and Venue: 7 p.m., Friday, November 5th, Pierpont Commons Dining Room

Nov 02, 2004
EECS Halloween Party - 2004

Want to see something scary?

Oct 25, 2004
Senior Software Engineer - Java/J2EE/Swing

Company or Institution: Opsware, Inc.

Location: Sunnyvale, CA.

Job Description:

Opsware, originally founded as LoudCloud in 1999 by Marc Andreessen, is the industry leader in IT Automation technology for large data centers. IT Automation software is a new genre, and the technical challenges are both significant and engaging. More information about Opsware may be found at: www.opsware.com

This position will require designing, implementing and unit testing software for the next generation of our flagship product, the Opsware Automation System. You will work in the Applications development team extending our product lead in the data center automation space. The successful candidate will be proficient in Java/JSP/Swing programming and will have significant enterprise software applications development experience.

Requirements: . BS or MS in computer science or a related field . 5-8 years experience in related software development . Expert in Java/JSP/Swing programming. . Knowledge of Struts/JavaServer Faces and Eclipse development environments . Passion for developing functionally rich applications with keen interest on enhancing the usability of the product . Experience closely interacting with UI Designers and developing UI prototypes using DHTML, JavaScript, CSS etc. . Strong understanding of J2EE, MVC, EJB, XML, Application Servers (JBoss, Weblogic) web services and internet technologies . Must have participated in all aspects of a product development life cycle including QA handoffs . A quick learner and strong analytical skills . Willingness and ability to work in a fast-moving, dynamic, team-oriented environment Experience in the following areas is a plus: . Experience with I18N/L10N development . Experience with Oracle and JDBC technologies . Experience using RUP and UML methodologies for applications design.

Please send resume to: rpalmer@opsware.com

Opsware, Inc. 599 N. Mathilda Sunnyvale, CA. 94085 [Full Story]

Oct 25, 2004
Build and Release Engineer

Company or Institution: Opsware, Inc.

Location: Sunnyvale, CA.

Job Description:

Opsware, originally founded as LoudCloud in 1999 by Marc Andreessen, is the industry leader in IT Automation technology for large data centers. IT Automation software is a new genre, and the technical challenges are both significant and engaging. More information about Opsware may be found at: www.opsware.com

At Opsware, we have a highly automated approach to Build Engineering. We are looking for someone innovative, with very strong scripting skills, to join our team. If you like scripting and would enjoy doing that in a Build environment we'd like to talk to you.

Join a highly motivated team that develops and maintains the source control and build systems for an application that automates the support of large, highly distributed environments that contain thousands of servers. Work very closely with the development, QA, sustaining, and deployment teams to ensure a successful and smooth release process.

Responsibilities:

Identify and implement continuous improvements to the source control infrastructure . Identify and implement continuous improvements to the build scripts and processes . Maintain and publish internal guides and standards for build processes and tools for development engineers . Make sure the nightly build succeeds . Troubleshoot and work with development engineers to fix failures and make sure test failures are tracked down and fixed.

Requirements:

BS or MS in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or similar discipline, or equivalent experience. 2+ years relevant experience . Proficiency in Shell scripting, Perl or Python, Make, and Ant . Knowledge of ClearCase administration . Experience managing the ClearQuest bug tracking system . Experience in Unix systems administration. . Experience with Internet application protocols from a systems administration perspective, such as HTTP, SMTP, IMAP4, LDAP, DHCP,and SSL. . Excellent scripting ability . Pro-active problem solving ability . Willingness and ability to work in a fast-moving dynamic team-oriented environment . Strong customer orientation. Enthusiasm for the work Opsware is doing

Experience in the following areas is a plus:

Knowledge of ClearCase MultiSite administration . Knowledge of CVS, SCCS, and RCS . Familiarity with the management of test automation frameworks . Experience in Windows systems administration.

Please send resume to: rpalmer@opsware.com

Opsware, Inc. 599 N. Mathilda Sunnyvale, CA. 94085 [Full Story]

Oct 15, 2004
Professor Ted Norris Receives Faculty Recognition Award

Professor Ted Norris has received the Faculty Recognition Award from the University's Rackham School of General Studies.

Recipients of this award are recognized for their "substantive contributions to the University through significant achievements in research and other scholarly/creative activities; excellence as a teacher, advisor and mentor; and distinguished participation in the service activities of the University.

Nominations are reviewed by an interdisciplinary selection committee composed of distinguished faculty from a range of schools and colleges within the University and awardees are selected by the Dean of the Graduate School, based upon the recommendations of this committee.

Professor Norris received his award at a formal ceremony in October.


Related Topics:  Norris, Theodore B.  

Oct 13, 2004
First Annual EECS Fall Bash!

Attention EECS Students, Faculty, and Staff:

It is time to create new traditions, and you have a part!

The EECS Department will have its first annual Fall Bash on Friday, November 5, 2004. This will be held at the Pierpont Commons, beginning at 7pm.

You will be treated to live performances by your fellow students, faculty, and staff, plus...good food!

At this time, we are inviting those of you who are musicians, poets (urban, hip hop, or otherwise), exotic dancers, comedians, sword swallowers, space aliens, etc. who would like to share your creativity in some other way (we love skits!), to let us know of your willingness to perform that evening.

Please speak to a member of the planning committee:

Prof. Herbert Winful (arrays@umich.edu: 647-1804)
Prof. Michel Maharbiz (maharbiz @eecs.umich.edu: 615-4469)
Catharine June (cmsj@umich.edu: 936-2965).

If you don't want to perform, mark the date to come and enjoy the show!

Oct 04, 2004
Windows Software Engineer

Company or Institution: Opsware, Inc.

Location: Sunnyvale, CA.

Job Description:

Opsware is the industry leader in IT Automation technology for large data centers. Started in 1999 as LoudCloud by Marc Andreeson, one of the original Netscape founders, we are a rapidly growing public company. Complete information about Opsware may be found on our website at www.opsware.com

Windows Software Engineer

Join a highly motivated team constructing applications to support large, highly distributed NT/Win2K/Win2K3 environments that contain thousands of servers. The job requires the applicant to have a solid background in developing systems software for the Microsoft platforms. The ideal candidate should have excellent communication skills, and the ability to independently identify, analyze, and solve complex technical problems. A good working knowledge of Unix systems internals is a plus.

Qualifications:

- BS or MS in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or similar discipline, or equivalent experience. 2+ years relevant experience.

Candidates with greater industry experience are preferred.

- Experience running/developing an internet service implemented on the NT platform.

- Proficiency in C, C++, Java.

- Experience in NT/Win2K/Win2K3 systems administration, or systems programming experience in support of systems administrators.

- Experience with Internet application protocols from a systems administration or systems programming perspective, such as HTTP, SMTP, IMAP4, LDAP, DHCP, and SSL.

- Willingness and ability to work in a fast-moving dynamic team-oriented environment.

- Experience with the Win32 API.

- Experience with the NT Service implementation.

- Experience working with Microsoft Development tools including Visual Studio Suite.

- Excellent general software development & delivery skills. Pro-active problem solving ability.

- Willingness and ability to work in a fast-moving dynamic team-oriented environment. Strong customer orientation. Enthusiasm for the work Opsware is doing.

Preferred Experience (While not required, we prefer candidates with as much of the following background as possible.)

- Proficiency in Python

- Experience with Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)

- Experience with COM/COM+

- Experience with NT clustering

- Experience with Active Directory

- Experience developing for multiple platforms

Please send resume to Rich Palmer at rjobs@opsware.com.

Opsware, Inc. 599 N. Mathilda Ave Sunnyvale, CA. 94085

Oct 04, 2004
User Experience Designer

Company or Institution: Opsware

Location: Sunnyvale, CA

Job Description:

Opsware is the industry leader in IT Automation technology. Started in 1999 as LoudCloud by Marc Andreeson, one of the original Netscape founders, we are a rapidly growing public company. We have some unique technical challenges to offer and are looking for someone with some special skills in UI Design. Complete information about Opsware can be found on our website at www.opsware.com

User Experience Designer

The User Experience Designer will be responsible for gathering, organizing, and writing UI requirements for Opsware, and then designing the UI.

Our ideal candidate is smart, creative, talented, a quick thinker, good natured, flexible, creative, enthusiastic, well-spoken and writes well. We will consider trading some experience for educational requirements.

Responsibilities:

• Review marketing requirements and functional requirements for potential issues, write detailed UI requirements

• Design effective UIs for Opsware products

• Install and run Opsware as part of the UI process

• Work directly for Director of Product Design

• Work closely with engineering, development, support, and quality assurance teams, to ensure that UI is feature complete and appropriate, while delivering on marketing's expectations.

• Assist in planning and scheduling of requirements.

• Use tools and techniques to prototype and model user behavior.

• Provide insightful feedback and use your experience to improve the quality of the product and reduce the complexity of the UI.

• Create web templates that can be implemented.

• Generate and run internal and external usability tests.

Requirements:

• A Masters or Ph.D degree in HF, HCI, IE or another related field and knowledge of industry practices and tools or comparable work experience.

• A minimum of two years experience creating true web applications. Please include samples (or URLs) with your resume submission.

• Thorough understanding of web technology and traditional application development processes and practices.

• Excellent requirement writing skills, some proficiency in at least a few related skills (e.g.,HTML, JavaScript, requirement gathering, Usability Testing, Graphic Design, prototyping)

• Firm ability to grasp technical details and new technology, and to clearly articulate requirements.

• Interest in making the entire product better, not just the UI

• Ability to pro-actively gather required data from internal sources; manage

multiple features in process and provide feedback to engineering in a timelymanner.

• Experience with version control and build environments is a big plus

Impress us with your:

• User-interface architecture, knowledge and experience

• Examples from before and after you have worked your magic

• Technical training or training design experience

• Interest in creating elegant UIs

• Graphic design skills (for web apps, icons, or for documentation), HTML, DHTML, XML, Javascript and browser design knowledge, or other skills which might be useful in a small organization.

To Apply: Please send your resume to Rich Palmer at: rjobs@opsware.com

Please put User Experience Designer in the subject line.

Opsware, Inc. 599 N. Mathilda Ave. Sunnyvale, CA 94085

Sep 28, 2004
Vice-President of Engineering

Company or Institution: Mobius Microsystems

Location: Detroit, Michigan

Job Description:

Mobius Microsystems, an emerging leader in analog and mixed-signal semiconductor intellectual property, is seeking to fill an important engineering management role to lead customer projects, drive product development activities, and manage intellectual property (IP) creation. Mobius’ core technology was commercialized out of the University of Michigan EECS department and the company is led by a team of Michigan alumni.

Responsibilities The successful candidate will lead and manage a team of motivated and talented professional engineers. He or she will be responsible for the majority of Mobius’ customer project management, work with the CTO to direct and implement product development initiatives, and work with Mobius’ patent attorneys and engineering team on all phases of the IP creation process. The successful candidate will also participate directly in the porting and IC design of Mobius’ innovative mixed-signal IP solutions, such as the Copernicus Clocking Solution™.

Key Values The ideal candidate will be interested in working in a fast-paced, stimulating organization and enjoy tackling the complex engineering challenges associated with mixed-signal design. A positive attitude and the ability to motivate and lead a team of bright and capable engineers is a must. He or she will enjoy being involved in all phases of IC design and product development from theory and concept to customer delivery, final verification, and test.

Requirements A Ph.D. in electrical engineering focused in the area of RF/analog/mixed-signal design and test is required. The successful candidate will have completed at least two IC designs successfully as part of his or her doctoral program. In addition, significant experience managing professional-level engineers (either in industry or academia) through customer-focused or internal IC design cycles is mandatory. He or she must have experience analyzing fabrication process options and how these options impact the performance of RF, analog, or mixed-signal integrated circuits. The candidate must also be experienced with industry standard IC CAD tools including the Cadence and/or Mentor Graphics design frameworks. An understanding of noise processes in integrated circuits, including phase noise and jitter, is highly desired. Experience with time domain and frequency domain RF measurement systems including phase noise analyzers, spectrum analyzers, vector network analyzers, and digital sampling oscilloscopes, is also highly desired. Broad experience in multiple areas of analog, RF, and mixed-signal ICs is a definite plus.

Location/Travel/Environment The majority of work will be performed in the Detroit Metropolitan Area. Some travel to customer sites may be required but this will not be significant.

Please submit resumes to careers@mobiusmicro.com Only resumes in PDF format will be accepted for review. Free PDF conversion is available at http://www.fastpdf.com [Full Story]

Sep 28, 2004
RF/Analog/Mixed-Signal IC Design Engineer

Company or Institution: Mobius Microsystems

Location: Detroit, Michigan

Job Description:

Mobius Microsystems, an emerging leader in analog and mixed-signal semiconductor intellectual property, is seeking to fill a key integrated circuit design role to lead the porting effort associated with Mobius' mixed-signal silicon-proven solutions. Significant career advancement and skill enhancement opportunities exist for the successful candidate. Mobius’ core technology was commercialized out of the University of Michigan EECS department and the company is led by a team of Michigan alumni.

Responsibilities The successful candidate will be responsible for the design and verification of ported intellectual property-based solutions. Future activities will include test and measurement of ported IP blocks. Some customer interaction/applications engineering activities may also be part of this role.

Key Values The ideal candidate will be interested in working in a fast-paced, stimulating organization and enjoy tackling the complex engineering challenges associated with mixed-signal design. A positive attitude and the ability to effectively work on a team are important. The successful candidate should posses an appreciation for working with prospects and customers.

Requirements A M.S. in electrical engineering or equivalent and 5+ years of professional RF/analog/mixed-signal design and test experience is required. Candidates with a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and the relevant background will be considered with less professional experience on a case by case basis. He or she must have experience analyzing fabrication process options and how these options impact the performance of RF, analog, or mixed-signal integrated circuits. The candidate must also be experienced with industry standard IC CAD tools including the Cadence and/or Mentor Graphics design frameworks. An understanding of noise processes in integrated circuits, including phase noise and jitter, is highly desired. Experience with time domain and frequency domain RF measurement systems including phase noise analyzers, spectrum analyzers, vector network analyzers, and digital sampling oscilloscopes, is also highly desired.

Location/Travel/Environment The majority of work will be performed in the Detroit Metropolitan Area. Some travel to customer sites may be required but this will not be significant. Working remotely may be considered if necessary.

Please submit resumes to careers@mobiusmicro.com* Only resumes in PDF format will be accepted for review. Free PDF conversion is available at http://www.fastpdf.com [Full Story]

Sep 27, 2004
Ken McCrath: Memorial Bench Dedication

Dedication Ceremony: September 24, 2004

See photos from the dedication by clicking on the Web Link below

The foundation of any great school is determined not by the buildings it contains but by the people that work inside. One of the people who made EECS what it is today died on Thursday, August 14th, 2003 at the age of 71. Ken served with the department for 40 years, starting first at the Electron Physics Lab in the late 1950s and retiring as a Technical Supervisor in 1997. Ken was also a skilled machinist, a role model and mentor to hundreds of students, and the person everyone in EECS sought after to just get things done right. He had a laugh that could be heard blocks away and was a true friend to all that knew him.

[Full Story]

Sep 15, 2004
Professor Emeritus Charles Bruce Sharpe

Professor Emeritus Charles Bruce Sharpe passed away on Friday, September 10, 2004. Professor Sharpe earned degrees from the University of Michigan and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a professor in the department for 32 years. He and his wife, Martha, moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1996. He is survived by his wife, four children, and eight grandchildren. A memorial service will be held: September 18, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. Christ United Methodist Church 800 Market Street, Southern Village Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27156

Sep 14, 2004
Software Engineer

Company or Institution: USG Building Products

Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Job Description:

Develop software to develop computer vision algorithms. The project duration is 6 months. [Full Story]

Sep 07, 2004
Memorial Bench Dedication for Ken McCrath

Ken's wife, Jan, has asked that we have a small dedication when the bench was in and ready. After a year, the bench is now here and in place outside the main doors west to the diag. Please join us for the dedication on Friday, September 24 at 3pm. Jan would love to see and chat with us. She has some of Ken's close friends and family members planning to attend. Refreshments will be served. We are also still collecting donations, if anyone is interested. We were short $400. Please stop by and say hello to Jan, if at all possible. For more info about Ken McCrath, see the web link below. [Full Story]

Sep 07, 2004
EECS 598: Societal Impact of Microsystems

Fall 2004: Societal Impact of Microsystems Offered as EECS 598, Section 6 (K. D. Wise) This course offers a look at the challenges our global society will face during the next fifty years and how microsystems can help meet them. Classes will consist of lectures by invited speakers followed by discussion. The course will examine issues such as the population explosion and its expected impacts on energy consumption, pollution, and global warming. Developments in transportation, health care, space exploration, information technology, and homeland security will also be considered along with engineering ethics. This is a course every graduate should take because creative engineering is the only way we will meet these challenges, and they must be met. 2 credits, Graded, Th. 3:30 - 5:30pm, Chrysler Room 151 Prerequisite: Graduate Standing in Engineering.

Sep 02, 2004
EECS 584: Advanced Database Systems

EECS 584 will cover a number of advanced topics in development of database management systems (DBMS) and the application of DBMSs in modern applications. Topics to be discussed include advanced concurrency control and recovery techniques, query processing and optimization strategies for relational database systems, advanced access methods, database resource management, parallel and distributed database systems, extensible database systems, data analysis on large databases, and application of DBMS techniques in XML-based applications, mobile applications and bioinformatics. For more details see http://www.eecs.umich.edu/courses/eecs584/ [Full Story]

Sep 01, 2004
Ham Club is active again!

With the enthusiastic work of a team of graduate and undergraduate EECS students, the University of Michigan Amateur Radio Club is once again up and running. Located on the fourth floor of the EECS building, the club is using its previous call sign, W8UM.

The station presently is running a TS-450S/AT HF transceiver on loan to the club by one of the local Ann Arbor amateurs. The antenna is an 80/40m fan dipole up 65 ft. atop the EECS building. It is working well and is also resonant and useable on 15m and 10m with a matching network. VHF access is through the club’s old TS-700A all-mode rig and a roof-top Discone courtesy of one of the university retired staff.

Future plans include installation of a short tower and a rotatable antenna for 20m through 10m, the search for a more modern VHF rig that permits access to the local repeaters including the club’s own 2-meter station, a membership drive and an FCC license course for new hams.

“We've been making some early evening 40m contacts lately and the station is getting good signal and audio reports,” says graduate student Chris Galbraith, club president, “But there’s much more to do, including antenna work and the acquisition of some good modern equipment.” Near-future plans include installation of a short tower and a rotatable antenna for 20m through 10m, the search for a more modern VHF rig, a membership drive, and an FCC license course for new hams.

Note: Anyone wishing to donate equipment to the club should contact Catharine June at cmsj@umich.edu, or (734) 936-2965.

Sep 01, 2004
EECS 584: Advanced Database Systems

EECS 584 will cover a number of advanced topics in development of database management systems (DBMS) and the application of DBMSs in modern applications. Topics to be discussed include advanced concurrency control and recovery techniques, query processing and optimization strategies for relational database systems, advanced access methods, database resource management, parallel and distributed database systems, extensible database systems, data analysis on large databases, and application of DBMS techniques in XML-based applications, mobile applications and bioinformatics. The course material will be drawn from a number of papers in the database literature. We will cover 2-3 papers per week, and all students attending the class are expected to read the papers before coming to the lecture. Before each class you will be required to hand in a brief summary (~10 sentences total) of the paper that will be discussed in the class. The summary should not a facsimile of the abstract of the paper, but should be your assessment of the key contributions and limitations of the paper. The reviews will be graded on a scale of 0-4, with 4 being the highest grade. http://www.eecs.umich.edu/courses/eecs584/ [Full Story]

Sep 01, 2004
Pallab Bhattacharya Appointed Distinguished University Professor

Pallab Bhattacharya has been appointed Charles M. Vest Distinguished University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Pallab Bhattacharya received his BS degree in physics from the University of Calcutta, India in 1968 and his MSE and PhD degrees in electronic and electrical engineering from the University of Sheffield, UK in 1976 and 1978, respectively. He joined the College as associate professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering in 1984 and became a full professor in 1987. In 1999 he was appointed the James R. Mellor Professor of Engineering. He has received numerous awards for his research.

Pallab requested that his Distinguished University Professorship be named in honor of Charles M. Vest. Chuck received his MS and PhD degrees from the University of Michigan in 1964 and 1967, respectively. He began as a faculty member at Michigan in 1968, then successively held the positions of Associate Dean of Engineering, Dean of Engineering and Provost, before he left the University to become the 15th President of MIT in 1990. Chuck is credited with pioneering work in holographic interferometry and the application of this technology to thermal systems and flows.

Distinguished University Professorships were created in 1947 by the Board of Regents to recognize members of the faculty for exceptional achievement and reputation in their appointive fields of scholarly interest and for their superior teaching skills. Each professorship is named in honor of an eminent individual associated with the University in the scholars same general field of interest.


Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  

Sep 01, 2004
Scott Mahlke Appointed Morris Wellman Faculty Development Professor

Scott A. Mahlke has been appointed the Morris Wellman Faculty Development Assistant Professor. Michael P. Wellman, professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, endowed this professorship in his grandfather’s name. Morris Wellman was an engineer who worked for most of his career as a civil servant of the City of New York. The professorship is to be awarded to a junior faculty member to recognize outstanding contributions to teaching and research.

Scott Mahlke received his BS degree in computer engineering from the University of Illinois in 1988 and his MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering also from the University of Illinois in 1991 and 1999, respectively. From 1994 until 2001 he was a research engineer at Hewlett Packard Laboratories in Palo Alto, California. Since joining the engineering faculty in 2001, Scott has established an excellent teaching record and has been very successful in his research activities in the areas of application-specific processor design, compilers, computer architecture and high-level synthesis. Scott was the recipient of an NSF CAREER award in January 2004.

Aug 25, 2004
EECS 598: BioMEMS

EECS 598: BioMEMS Professor Michel M. Maharbiz Tues/Thurs 10:30am – 12:00pm Offered Fall 2004 for the first time, this graduate seminar will cover the latest advances in bioMEMS, with specific attention to microsystems targeting developmental biology and cell culture. We will use an organism’s development --from genome to multicellular tissue-- as a framework for teaching bioMEMS devices: from microPCR chips to microfluidic mixers to tissue scaffolds. The aim is to provide students familiar with microfabrication and microsystems with a context from which to view and evaluate bioMEMS devices and innovations. We will cover implantable and diagnostic microsystems in the latter part of the course. The course will consist of lectures followed by in-class paper review and discussion led by students: the bulk of the technology will be presented through published literature. Critical evaluation of publications will be demanded. A principal component of the grade will be a written NSF or NIH exploratory proposal, to be due at the conclusion of the course.

Aug 12, 2004
Professor Chen-To Tai


Memorial Tribute to Chen-To Tai

Chen-To Tai, one of the most respected and influential scientists in electromagnetics and antenna theory, passed away peacefully at his home in Ann Arbor on July 30, 2004.

Professor Tai was born in 1915 in Luzhi Township on the outskirts of Soochow, China. In 1943, six years after receiving his bachelor's degree in physics from Tsing-Hua University, he traveled to the United States to attend Harvard University. He received his master's degree in Communication Engineering from Harvard in 1944, followed by a Doctor of Science degree in 1947. He joined the Cruft Laboratory as a research fellow, and in 1949, became a member of the Stanford Research Institute in Palo Alto as a research physicist.

In 1954, he was appointed Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Ohio State University. Two years later, he left to take a faculty position at the Technical Institute of Aeronautics in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, where he became proficient in Portuguese. He returned to OSU in 1961 and then, in 1964, joined the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, as Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Radiation Laboratory.

He remained a faculty member of the ECE Department for the remainder of his career, and was made Emeritus Professor in 1986. During that time, he worked part time for KMS Industries (1967-69). Following his formal retirement, he continued as an active member of the Radiation Laboratory.

Throughout his career, Professor Tai received many honors and awards. He was elected Fellow of the IEEE in 1962, and received the AP-S Distinguished Achievement Award in 1986 and the IEEE Centennial Medal in 1985 when he was made a Life Fellow of the IEEE. He also received outstanding faculty and teaching awards from the Ohio State University and the University of Michigan and was awarded honorary professorships by Shanghai Normal University, Chongdu Institute of Radio Engineering and Nanjing Institute of Post and Communication in 1980, 1986, and 1987 respectively. He was appointed a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 1987 and received the IEEE Heinrich Hertz Medal in 1998.

Professor Tai is recognized throughout the world for his research on antennas and electromagnetics. He was a dedicated teacher known for the clarity of his lectures and was both loved and respected by his students and colleagues. In addition to his technical work, he had a variety of other interests and hobbies including tennis, Chinese literature, painting, calligraphy, and music (both Chinese and classical western). In 2000, to honor his love for teaching and education, his family and friends created the annual IEEE AP-S Chen-To Tai Distinguished Educator Award. Professor Tai is survived by his wife, Ming, and by five children and ten grandchildren.

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science offers its condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Chen-To Tai, and expresses its gratitude for his many years of dedication and service to his students, colleagues and the University of Michigan. His many exceptional contributions will leave a lasting legacy.

Jul 20, 2004
Victor E. Perlin Receives Distinguished Dissertation Award for 2003

Victor E. Perlin, an EECS graduate student, was selected in March 2004 to receive one of eight Horace H. Rackham Distinguished Dissertation Awards for 2003. This award is given in recognition of the most exceptional scholarly work produced by doctoral students who completed their theses in 2003. A reception honoring the recipients was held April 29, 2004 at the Rackham Graduate School.

Jul 08, 2004
Summer Picnic Photos

See the link below for picnic photos! [Full Story]

Jun 16, 2004
Professors Markov and Hayes win the IEEE Trans. on CAD best paper award

UM students Vivek Shende and Aditya Prasad, and professors Igor Markov and John Hayes received the 2004 IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Donald O. Pederson Award for the paper "Synthesis of Reversible Logic Circuits" published in IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems in 2003.

The award was presented at the Design Automation Conference in San Diego.

Jun 16, 2004
UM students win DAC/ISSCC 2004 Design Contest

Congratulations to the following Michigan winners of the prestigious DAC/ISSCC 2004 Student Design Contest:

Conceptual Category: 1st Place The Economical Aphotic Sieving Machine Kamran Kashef, Matt Hardy

Operational Category: 3rd Place A Modular 32-Site Wireless Neural Stimulation Microsystem Maysam Ghovanloo, Khalil Najafi [Full Story]

Jun 08, 2004
Prof. Stephen Rand Elected Fellow of Optical Society of America

Professor Stephen C. Rand has been elected Fellow of the Optical Society of America. His election includes recognition for "the invention of novel solid-state lasers, such as the diamond laser, mode-locked upconversion lasers and laser phosphors." [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Rand, Stephen  

May 10, 2004
EECS Students Receive Intel Foundation PhD Fellowship Awards

Four EECS students are recipients of Intel Foundation PhD Fellowship Awards. The students are: Aseem Agarwal, Kevin Buell, Ashish Srivastava, and Sunghyun Park. This competitive fellowship program awards 1-year fellowships to PhD candidates doing work in fields related to Intel's business and research interests at select U.S. universities. Only 35 awards are given each year.

May 04, 2004
EECS Students Honored as Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors and Instructional Aides

Four EECS students - Mike Geiger, Doug MacKay, Andrew Gastwirth, and Travis Hobrla -- were recognized at an award luncheon on April 28, 2004 for their outstanding work as Graduate Student Instructors and Instructional Aides. For more information please see the "Student News and Awards" section of the EECS News webpage.  Photos [Full Story]

May 04, 2004
Doug MacKay: 2003-04 EECS Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor

Doug MacKay was selected as one of the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, for the 2003-04 academic year. Doug assisted Lecturer Mark Brehob in EECS 470 during Fall 2003 and Winter 2004. Doug was noted as "good with students, hardworking and very knowledgeable…outstanding!"

May 04, 2004
Mike Geiger: 2003-04 EECS Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor

Mike Geiger was selected as one of the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, for the 2003-04 academic year. Mike assisted Lecturer Mark Brehob in EECS 373 during Fall 2003 and Professor Pinaki Mazumder in EECS 270 during Winter 2004. Mike was noted for his "excellent communication skills, patient genuine interest in the material and in teaching, and his contributions to lab improvement."

May 04, 2004
Travis Hobrla: 2003-04 EECS Outstanding Instructional Aide

Travis Hobrla was selected as one of the Outstanding Instructional Aides in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, for the 2003-04 academic year. Travis assisted Lecturer David Chesney in EECS 281 during Fall 2003 and EECS 481 during Winter 2004, and was noted as "essential to the successful delivery of the class."

May 04, 2004
Andrew Gastwirth: 2003-04 EECS Outstanding Instructional Aide

Andrew Gastwirth was selected as one of the Outstanding Instructional Aides in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, for the 2003-04 academic year. Andrew assisted Adjunct Lecturer Karen Langona in EECS 181 during Fall 2003 and Winter 2004, and was noted for his "high level of commitment in teaching and helping students."

May 02, 2004
Professor Elliot Soloway Receives Eta Kappa Nu Faculty Award for 2004

Professor Elliot Soloway received the EECS Department Eta Kappa Nu Faculty Award for 2004, in recognition of his "outstanding teaching efforts." The recipient of this annual award is chosen by all EECS students, not just those who are members of Eta Kappa Nu. The award is given to a professor who "has made a lasting impact on his students, one that carries beyond a certain class or semester."

Apr 19, 2004
David Chesney Receives Society of Women Engineers Teaching Award

David Chesney, Lecturer in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, received the Society of Women Engineers Teaching Award on Thursday, April 15, 2004 at the 10th Annual Educational Lecture and Teaching Award Presentation. The award was given for "achievement as Outstanding Instructor." [Full Story]

Apr 15, 2004
Betty Cummings to Receive OVPR's Distinguished Research Administrator Award

Betty Cummings – Administrative Manager of the Solid State Electronics Lab in EECS -- has been selected to the receive the Distinguished Research Administrator Award from the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR). This award is given to individuals who “have demonstrated superlative service to the research community over a number of years exemplifying the highest standards of professional research adminstration.” Betty will be recognized at a reception on Tuesday, May 18 at 3:30 p.m. in the Michigan League Ballroom.

Apr 15, 2004
Linda Cox to Receive CoE Excellence in Staff Service Award

Linda Cox -- the Graduate Program Assistant for the EE:Systems Program in EECS -- has been selected to the receive the College of Engineering's Excellence in Staff Service Award and will be recognized at a ceremony and reception on Friday, May 21 at 3:00 p.m. in the Chesebrough Auditorium, Chrysler Center, North Campus.

Apr 14, 2004
EECS 475 : Intro to Cryptography (Fall 2004)

Cryptography plays a fundamental role in building secure computing and communication systems. With its fascinating history through centuries and intriguing connections to deep mathematical ("how quickly can we factor an integer?") and philosophical ("what is randomness?") questions, Cryptography is an important and beautiful subject. With increasing concerns over privacy, security, and authenticity of data and communications in our wired (and wireless) society, cryptographic applications are bound to pervade our lives. Cryptography is, and will continue to be, a vast and exciting area of research in Computer Science and Mathematics. This course is an introduction to the art and science of cryptography. At the end of the course, students should be well-prepared to apply the core scientific principles of cryptography to build secure software and communication systems as well as to pursue more advanced courses and state of the art research in cryptography.

This course will study fundamental concepts, algorithms, encryption schemes, and protocols in cryptography. Main topics include: symmetric (private key) encryption, public key encryption, hash functions, digital signatures, and key distribution. The course emphasizes a rigorous mathematical study of the various cryptographic schemes and their security in terms of algorithmic complexity. A nontrivial part of the course will be devoted to algorithmic and mathematical background from number theory and algebra needed to gain a solid understanding of cryptography. Popular cryptographic schemes such as AES and RSA will be highlighted and their security will be rigorously investigated. Detailed syllabus is available from the course web site (link below).

This is a 4-credit course approved as an upper-level CS technical elective for undergraduate students in CS-ENGR and CS-LSA. This course is also approved as a cognate course for Math Majors. Advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students in Computer Science and Engineering and Mathematics are invited to take this course. Graduate students in EECS can also take it as a 400-level elective course. Grading will be based on homework assignments, a mid-term, and a final project/term paper.
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Apr 14, 2004
Gerard Mourou Receives 2004 IEEE/LEOS Quantum Electronics Award

Professor Gerard Mourou has been to chosen to receive the 2004 IEEE/LEOS Quantum Electronics Award. Presented annually by the Lasers and Electro-Optics Society (LEOS), this award honors an individual or group of individuals for outstanding technical contributions to quantum electronics, either in fundamentals or applications, or both. The award may be for a single contribution or for a distinguished series of contributions over a long period of time.


Related Topics:  Mourou, Gerard A.  

Apr 14, 2004
Jason Flinn Receives NSF CAREER Award

Assistant Professor Jason Flinn has been selected to receive a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for his proposal entitled "Building Intuitive Mobile Systems with Self-Tuning Parameter Translation." NSF CAREER awards recognize and support the early career-development activities of “those teacher-scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century.” Awardees are selected on the basis of “creative, career-development plans that effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their institution. “ [Full Story]

Apr 13, 2004
Michael Flynn Receives NSF CAREER Award

Assistant Professor Michael Flynn has been selected to receive a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for his proposal entitled "Improving analog/digital interfaces to CMOS signal processing systems." NSF CAREER awards recognize and support the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century. Awardees are selected on the basis of creative, career-development plans that effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their institution. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Flynn, Michael  

Apr 13, 2004
Achilleas Anastasopoulos Receives NSF CAREER Award

Assistant Professor Achilleas Anastasopoulos has been selected to receive a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for his proposal entitled "Exploring the Complexity Limits of Joint Data Detection and Channel Estimation: Exact, Polynomial-Complexity Solutions and Ultra-Fast Approximations." NSF CAREER awards recognize and support the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century. Awardees are selected on the basis of creative, career-development plans that effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their institution. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Anastasopoulos, Achilleas  

Apr 13, 2004
Yaoyun Shi Receives NSF CAREER Award

Assistant Professor Yaoyun Shi has been selected to receive a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for his proposal entitled "Quantum Complexity and Polynomial Approximations of Boolean Functions." NSF CAREER awards recognize and support the early career-development activities of “those teacher-scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century.” Awardees are selected on the basis of “creative, career-development plans that effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their institution. “ [Full Story]

Apr 13, 2004
Scott Mahlke Receives NSF CAREER Awards

Assistant Professor Scott Mahlke has been selected to receive a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for his proposal entitled "Compiler-Directed Synthesis of Application Specific Processors." NSF CAREER awards recognize and support the early career-development activities of “those teacher-scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century.” Awardees are selected on the basis of “creative, career-development plans that effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their institution. “ [Full Story]

Apr 13, 2004
EECS Students Receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

2004 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships have been awarded to four EECS students -- Amelia Buerkle, Robert Franklin, Leila Lyons, and Lora Schulwitz. These prestigious fellowships offer recognition and three years of support for advanced study to approximately 900 outstanding graduate students in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering and behavioral and social sciences.

Apr 05, 2004
Prof. Jessy Grizzle - Tau Beta Pi Engineering Professor of the Year

Professor Jessy Grizzle has been chosen as the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Professor of the Year. This award -- from the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society -- is based on the opinions of engineering students and "reflects a professor's talent for teaching students." Professor Grizzle was cited for his "hard work and outstanding ability to interest, motivate, and teach" students. He was also noted for his "humor" and his "positive attitude." The award will be presented by the American Society for Engineering Education, on April 15 at 3:30 p.m, in the Johnson Rooms of the Lurie Engineering Center.


Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  

Mar 29, 2004
Victor Perlin wins Rackham Distinguished Dissertation Award

Victor Perlin has been named a winner of the 2003 Rackham Distinguished Dissertation Award. The award recognizes "exceptional and unusually interesting work produced by doctoral students in the last phase of their graduate work." His dissertation was entitled "Novel configurations in nonlinear fiber optics: Raman scattering and Bragg gratings" and was supervised by Professor H. Winful. The award will be presented on April 29th in a public ceremony at the Michigan League.

Mar 15, 2004
Kamran Kashef and Matt Hardy Win First Place Award in the Student Design Contest of the DAC/ISSCC

EECS students Kamran A. Kashef and Matt P. Hardy have won a First Place Award for their paper submitted to the Student Design Contest at the Design Automation Conference/International Solid State Circuits Design Conference. The title of their paper is “The Economical Aphotic Sieving Engine” and their prize will be awarded at the Design Automation Conference in June, in San Diego. Kamran and Matt have also been invited to present a poster of their work at the ISSCC 2005. [Full Story]

Mar 15, 2004
UM's Eta Kappa Nu Chapter Recognized in Outstanding Chapter-Activities Award Program

The University of Michigan's Eta Kappa Nu college chapter has been recognized in the Outstanding Chapter Actiivities Award program for 2002-2003, and will receive a Certificate of Merit. The award plaque for UM's Eta Kappa Nu chapter will be presented to the Chair of EECS, David C. Munson, Jr. at the 2004 ECEDHA (Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association) Annual Meeting in March, 2004. [Full Story]

Mar 01, 2004
Prof. Brian Noble Receives Ruth and Joel Spira Outstanding Teaching Award

Assistant Professor Brian Noble has been selected to receive the College of Engineering's Ruth and Joel Spira Outstanding Teaching Award, for the academic year 2003-04. This award, presented annually to one faculty member in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and one in Mechanical Engineering, recognizes excellence in teaching and inspiring students.

Jan 20, 2004
Todd Austin Receives 2004 Henry Russel Award

Associate Professor Todd Austin has been selected to receive the University of Michigan's Henry Russel Award for the year 2004. The award recognizes both "exceptional scholarship and conspicuous ability as a teacher."

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.

Go Blue!
Bill Becher
Society President
MSE 1961, PhD 1968

Jan 04, 2004
EECS 478: Logic Circuit Synthesis and Optimization

Advanced design of logic circuits. Technology constraints. Theoretical foundations. Computer-aided design algorithms. Two-level and multilevel optimization of combinational circuits. Optimization of finite-state machines. High-level synthesis techniques: modeling, scheduling, and binding. Verification and testing. [Full Story]

 



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