ECE News for 2006
Term: Winter 2007
Seminar on Mobile Computing Projects
Term: winter, 2006
Term: W 07
Solid State Lighting and Solar Cells
Term: Winter 2007
Fawwaz Ulaby elected to AAAS
Professor Fawwaz Ulaby, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and R. Jamison and Betty Williams Professor of Engineering, was recently elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his outstanding contributions to microwave remote sensing, electromagnetic scattering and for his leadership in engineering education.
EECS 498/598 ORGANIC AND MOLECULAR ELECTRONICS
Term: WINTER 2007
EECS Grad Students participate in 2006-07 Grad Student Symposium
Several EECS graduate students participated in the 2006-07 Graduate Student Symposium, organized by the College of Engineering. The following ECE students received recognition for their oral presentations or posters:
Electronic Materials and Devices (oral)
Gamma Rays to MicroWaves (oral)
Tissue Engineering and Biotechnology (oral)
Introduction to Synthetic Biology
Term: W 2007
Can we actually design and engineer biological machines? The emerging field of synthetic biology suggests that this process is far easier than some may expect. In fall 2006, a team with nearly a dozen Michigan undergraduates successfully competed in an international competition to create synthetic biological systems, so you can too. Read more about the competition.
This course is primarily directed toward undergraduates interested in engineering, biology, physical sciences, art, and business. Graduate students in these areas are also welcome to participate. The course content will cover the design, fabrication, informatics, and modeling of synthetic genetic systems. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the topic, students will work in groups to help train their peers in complementary skill sets.
The course is a mixture of lectures, hands on wet lab experience, and computing lab experience. The goal is to provide students with a deep understanding of the techniques and literature surrounding synthetic biology.
The course will have a final group project in which a team of students propose a novel synthetic genetic system following the template of the intercollegiate genetically engineered machines(iGEM) competition (http://parts2.mit.edu/)
Term: Winter 2007
Steve Forrest receives IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award
Stephen R. Forrest, the William Gould Dow Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering and vice president for research, was named a co-recipient of the 2007 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Daniel E. Noble Award, for pioneering contributions to the development of organic light emitting diodes. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to emerging technologies. Read more...
U-M Scores in iGEM: The International Genetically Engineered Machine competition
Students representing various disciplines across the University, including the College of Engineering, Business Administration, LS&A, and Bioinformatics, participated in the 4th annual iGEM (The International Genetically Engineered Machine) Jamboree. U-M's team took third place in the category, Best Real World Application. Read more...
2006-07 Undergraduate Student Awards: Call for Nominations
Deadline to apply for undergraduate EECS student awards is December 8, 2006. Click here for additional information.
Grizzle makes Scientific American 50, and Fox News
Prof. Jessy Grizzle has been selected for inclusion in the 2006 Scientific American 50 for his work in robotics. This prestigious list honors the top 50 outstanding leaders in science and technology during the past year, and will appear in Scientific American's December issue. Grizzle's work with the robot, RABBIT, described in a U-M press release, and past issue of EECS News, has received significant attention in the research community, and has been featured on CNN and Canadian television. Fox News recently featured RABBIT in their news coverage of the SA50. (click on Irristible Inventions at the bottom of the page, then Top Innovations)
Web Server Down
The EECS department web server (www) was rebooted this morning due to disk problems. It had been up and operational for 100 days.
Jeffrey Cook, EECS 461 Instructor, Receives Automotive Hall of Fame Award
Jeffrey A. Cook, adjunct faculty member who next term will be teaching EECS 461, Embedded Control Systems, has been selected to receive the 2007 Automotive Hall of Fame Distinguished Service Award. This award recognizes an individual who has significantly improved the industry or their respective organizations.
Cook is a Technical Leader at the Ford Motor Company Research and Innovation Center. His research addresses modeling and control of automotive powertrains for improved fuel economy and emissions, and imporvements in systems engineering processes for the design of automotive controls. He holds 25 patents on automotive technology, and is a Fellow of the IEEE.
Software Design Engineer
Company or Institution: MicroStrategy
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We are looking for motivated Software Design Engineers who want to be a part of a high-paced seasoned team of professionals that can help MicroStrategy maintain its industry leadership and work on newer innovations to our Business Intelligence product suite that will extend that leadership. We value strong analytical skills and strong skills in fundamental Computer Science. Successful candidates get to work with experienced software engineers and learn from some of the best minds in the industry while applying their skills to immediate use.
For more information about our company, visit our website athttp://www.microstrategy.com
Education: Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, or Ph. D in Computer Science. GPA 3.5+.
Strong knowledge of data structures, algorithms, operating system and other fundamental Computer Science concepts.
Fluent in object oriented programming languages, such as C++, Java. Strong object-oriented design and development skills.
Familiarity with RDBMS is highly desirable.
Strong analytical skills and problem solving skills.
Good communication skills and ability to work as part of a team
Design, code, debug, and test software components and products on Windows and various Unix/Linux platforms independently in a high-availability, high performance environment.
Implementation of MicroStrategy product features through entire lifecycle of feature development. This includes input on design specs, actual implementation of functionality, testing, analyzing and optimizing the implementation.
Individual must have ability and desire to assimilate and apply knowledge as well as to spread acquired knowledge and experience to other team members.
Physical Demands: This job requires no extraordinary physical demands.
Travel: This job does not require travel on a regular basis.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
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RADLAB Students Take 3rd in Student Paper Contest
Students Koen Van Caekenberghe, Kenneth Brakora, Karan Jumani, Mustafa Rangwala, Yun-Zhen Wee, and Professor Kamal Sarabandi received third prize in the 28th Annual Symposium of the Antenna Measurements Techniques Association (AMTA) for their paper, "A probe station based setup for on-wafer antenna measurement," at the 28th Annual Symposium of the Antenna Measurement Techniques Association (AMTA), Austin, Texas , October 22-27, 2006.
Chris Deline, EE graduate student, receives ASEE Best Paper Award
Christopher Deline, graduate student in the Radiation Laboratory, was a co-author on the paper, "The Student Space Systems Fabrication Laboratory: An Approach to Space Systems Engineering Education," which received a Best Paper Award at the 2006 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference & Exposition. Prof. Brian Gilchrist, faculty advisor to the Student Space Systems Fabrication Laboratory (S3FL), is also a co-author on the paper.
Faculty Recently in the News
Jessy Grizzle talks to representatives from the Coalition for National Science Funding
Martha Pollack Supports Women's Role in Science and Engineering. Read more...
EECS Leads U-M in Tech Transfer Activities
Two new startup companies within the past year having roots in EECS are tangible evidence of the leading role the department plays in U-M's tech transfer activities. This past year, the EECS Department led U-M in invention disclosures, any of which may lead to patents, and/or technology found in the marketplace. A recent Ann Arbor News article about Tech Transfer at U-M mentions Sugih Jamin's company, Zattoo.
Using Evaporation to Generate Power
Prof. Michel Maharbiz and his group are modeling the behavior of ferns spreading spores to create a device that will generate electricity simply through the process of evaporation. An important future application would be powering remote sensors, relinquishing the need for batteries.
EECS Department Announces Peer Mentoring
Talk to a fellow student about any questions you have about courses, the department, or whatever! Come alone, or with others. The peer mentors are there just for you!
Prof. Conway to Present Distinguished Lecture on VLSI Design
Lynn Conway, Emerita Professor in EECS, will give a Distinguished Lecture at Columbia University in March, 2007, entitled "Reflections on the VLSI Design Revolution."
Prof. Herbert Winful resolves longstanding physics paradox
Prof. Herbert Winful, professor of optical sciences, recently presented a paper at the Slow and Fast Light Conference in Washington, DC, that described why particles seem to travel faster than the speed of light when passing through a barrier, but not when they travel through empty space. This seeming paradox has remained unresolved since 1932, when the phenomenon was first discovered.
Emeritus Faculty Bernard A. Galler (1928-2006)
Emeritus faculty member Bernard A. Galler passed away September 4, 2006, at the age of 77. Galler was a great friend to all, and a true pioneer in the field of Computer Science. He was a founding member of the Computer Science department in the early 70's, a past president of the Association for Computing Machinery, and founding editor of the journal, The Annals of the History of Computing. We will miss him.
Prof. Ulaby Receives IEEE GRS-S Education Award
Prof. Fawwaz T. Ulaby, R. Jamison and Betty Williams Professor Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, was awarded the 2006 IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Education Award for his significant educational contributions in the field of remote sensing. He was honored during the awards ceremony of IEEE IGARSS 2006.
EECS Picnic Photos
Here are a few photos from this summer's EECS picnic.
Prof. Grizzle Improving Life for Patients with Prosthetic Legs
Prof. Jessy Grizzle uses the bipedal robot called RABBIT to advance the understanding of controlled, legged locomotion. His work will eventually enable the creation of prosthetic legs that will allow the user to walk more naturally, and with less stress on other parts of the body. Grizzle plans to build a robot here at Michigan to further expand the applications of his research.
Company or Institution: TIMCO Engineering Systems Division
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RADLAB Students Dominate IEEE AP-S Student Paper Competition
Four graduate students were among the finalists and prize winners in the 2006 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium, held in Albuquerque, NM, July 9-14, 2006. Of the 15 finalist papers, out of 125 submitted, 2 of the top prizes were awarded to Lora Schulwitz and Karl Brakora, while Koen Van Caekenberghe and Francesco Andriulli made it into the final 15. The papers were:
Lora Schulwitz and Amir Mortazawi, "Millimeter-wave Dual Polarized L-Shaped Horn Antenna Array";
Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Previous Donors, This is a final request this year for donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society through the MS-150 bike ride. If you are away and see this after the event, I can accept your funds and send them into M.S. until August 25, 2006.
DaHan Liao Receives Lincoln Laboratory Fellowship
DaHan Liao has been selected to receive a Lincoln Laboratory Fellowship. Liao, a PhD student in the Radiation Laboratory, works with Prof. Kamal Sarabandi on electromagnetic wave propagation problems.
Describing his research, Liao says, "We are in the process of assembling high fidelity, physics-based propagation models that will enable accurate prediction of radiowave interactions with a realistic terrain over long distances with the inclusion of ground proximity effects. Wave propagation issues pertinent to the modeling of different terrain features such as small and large scale random undulations, continuous and truncated dielectric coverings in the form of foliage and snow layers are being analyzed. The emphasis of the study is on applications related to channel performance characterization and macro/micro grid planning of unattended ground sensor (UGS) networks deployed in a natural environment."
NSF ERC in Wireless Integrated Microsystems: Annual Report
Read about the research being conducted in the the NSF Engineering Research Center in Wireless Integrated Microsystems (WIMS) in the 2005 Annual Report. See also the latest research highlights featured on their web pages. The Center is a partnership of U-M, MSU, and Michigan Tech, with extensive industry involvement. The Center is led by Prof. Ken Wise, Director, and Prof. Khalil Najafi, Deputy Director.
Web Database Designer
Company or Institution: School of Social Work
Norman H. Adams Wins AFCEA Fellowship
Norm Adams, PhD student in EE:Systems, received a 2006 AFCE (Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association) Fellowship in support of his thesis, The Binaural Display of Reverberant Space using MIMO State-Space Systems, under the direction of Prof. Greg Wakefield.
The AFCEA Educational Foundation is an independent non-profit tax-exempt public charity dedicated to providing educational incentives, opportunities and assistance for people engaged in information management, communications and intelligence efforts and fostering excellence in education particularly in the "hard science" disciplines related to C4I/IRM.
Koen van Caekenberghe Receives IEEE MTT-S Graduate Fellowship Award
Koen van Caekenberghe, doctoral candidate in Electrical Engineering, received a 2006 IEEE MTT-S Graduate Fellowship Award. The award was presented at the IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) on June 14, 2006. Fellowship awards are presented to outstanding graduate students in the area of microwave and RF technologies.
Koen's research involves design, microfabrication and measurement of RF MEMS based microwave and millimeter-wave circuits and antennas, primarily for radar sensors. He is currently working on several projects: an X-band high power differential duplexer, and a Ka-band true time delay (TTD) passive electronically scanned array (ESA), a T/R module and a 2-bit reconfigurable slot antenna. All devices are based on capacitive fixed-fixed beam RF MEMS switches, switched capacitors and varactors. His advisor is Prof. Kamal Sarabandi.
Rangwala Receives 2006 MTT-S Scholarship
Mustafa Rangwala received a 2006 IEEE MTT-S (Microwave Theory and Techniques Society) Undergraduate/Pre-graduate Scholarship, one of 10 awarded nationally. The title of his project is "Developing a W-Band Radar for Helicopter Assisted Landing." He begins his Master's program this Fall in electrical engineering (EE), having just completed his BSE in EE and Math, and is conducting research on the project with research fellow Feinian Wang and Prof. Kamal Sarabandi, his advisor.
Hugo Shi receives MLK Spirit Award
Hugo Shi, PhD student in EE:Systems, received a U-M MLK Spirit Award. These awards were established to recognize North Campus students whose leadership and service have exemplified the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Shi helped found the Detroit Asian Youth Project, and was credited with improving campus climate through his efforts as Political Action chair for the Students of Color of Rackham. As a member of the CRLT (Center for Research on Learning and Teaching) Players, he presented interactive sketches to teach the campus community about marginalization and group dynamics.
Lora Schulwitz Awarded 2nd Place at IMS'06 Student Paper Competition
Lora Schulwitz, doctoral candidate in Electrical Engineering, was awarded 2nd place in the International Microwave Symposium (IMS) 2006 Student Paper Competition. This year, 169 papers were submitted, and prizes were awarded for the 6 top papers, and 4 honorable mentions. The paper, "A New Low Loss Rotman Lens Design for Multibeam Phased Arrays," was co-authored by her advisor, Prof. Amir Mortazawi.
Lora's research involves the development of new phased array architectures for compact high resolution radar systems. In particular, she has recently developed a new design methodology for reduced losses in Rotman lens beamforming components, which will lead to less circuit complexity and a longer range for radar systems. This lens based beamforming component is entirely passive, and therefore inexpensive, which should prove to be useful for future automotive radar systems, as well as portable radar systems for unmanned ground and unmanned air vehicles.
Lora has served as co-chair of the Industry Relations Committee for the IEEE Student Society, co-chair of the Radiation Laboratory Graduate Student Committee, and is currently secretary for the U-M Amateur Radio Club (ARC). She also serves as co-chair of the U-M ARC fundraising committee. She has served as a mentor to high school students, and undergraduate students.
Brian Gilchrist Named Interim Chair of EECS
Professor Brian Gilchrist has been named Interim Chair of the EECS Department, effective July 1, 2006. Gilchrist, a member of the Radiation Laboratory, and the Space Physics Research Laboratory in the Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences Department, has been Associate Chair for the ECE Division since 2004, shortly after Prof. Munson came to the University as Chair of the EECS Department. Munson has been named Dean of the College of Engineering, effective July 1.
RF Circuit Design Engineer
Company or Institution: Company in California
Education & Experience: Minimum BSEE with 5-8 years relevant experience
Critical Skills, Experience and Education Solid understanding of RF/analog circuits and RF basics, including S-parameter design (Relevant college coursework is highly preferred) Hands-on experience in circuit design, analysis and evaluation RF/microwave measurement Fluent operation of EDA tools such as SPICE, Ansoft Designer, ADS, Microwave Office and other similar tools/packages Knowledge of wireless communication systems, including system architecture, antennas, radio wave propagation, and modern digital modulation such as CDMA, OFDM etc.RFIC/MMIC design experience is a strong plus.Practical experience in Software-Defined Radio (SDR), Bluetooth, IEEE802.11a/b/g, UWB, RF ID is also a plus.
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Please include the specific position to which you are applying in the subject line of your email. This will ensure your resume is routed to the correct recruiter as quickly as possible.
Tiny wireless Geiger counter detects radiation
Years of research by Prof. Yogesh Gianchandani has resulted in a micro wireless Geiger counter that has the potential of replacing the current standard of large, bulky, and individually operated devices. These micro devices can be networked and coordinated to cover large areas unobtrusively, to detect, for example, radiation being emitted by dirty bombs.
Company or Institution: RFMD
CSE graduate students win First IEEE Programming Challenge
CSE graduate students Kai-Hui Chang and David Papa were honored at the 2006 International Workshop on Logic and Synthesis (IWLS) in Vail, CO for their winning entry in the First IEEE Programming Challenge at IWLS, sponsored by IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA). The software developed by these students will be included in the next release of the open-source OA Gear package from Cadence Berkeley Laboratories and is described in the paper "Fast Simulation and Equivalence Checking Using OAGear" co-authored with their advisors Igor Markov and Valeria Bertacco.
Optical Test Engineer
Company or Institution: Not listed
Students Take 2nd Place in 2006 DAC/ISSCC Student Design Contest
Eric Marsman and Robert M. Senger, PhD students in electrical engineering, took second prize in the 2006 DAC/ISSCC Student Design Contest. Their project, "A DSP Enabled Microsystem for Cochlear Implants with Hybrid LC Clocking (SDC-STI859)," was entered in the Operational Chip Design category, meaning their chip was actually built and tested. Marsman and Senger's chip is part of research conducted in the NSF ERC for Wireless Integrated Microsystems.
AMD Supports VLSI at Michigan
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has partnered with U-M to sponsor a student design contest among the students of EECS 427: VLSI Design I and EECS 627: VLSI Design II. In addition, AMD donated cash and equipment to create a VLSI server pool that is accommodating 60 new Opteron 285 dual core processors.
David C. Munson, Jr. Named Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering
EECS chair, Dr. Munson, has recently been appointed the Dean of the College of Engineering, effective July 1, 2006. He will be missed.
Congratulations to the following faculty for their promotions:
From associate professor with tenure to professor with tenure
From associate professor without tenure to associate professor with tenure
From assistant professor to associate professor with tenure
Students Recognized for Excellent Teaching
EECS graduate students Norm Adams (EE: Systems), Sing-Rong Li (EE), and Pratibha Permandla (CSE) received the 2005-06 Outstanding Graduate Instructor Award. In addition, Brett Higgins, an undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science, received the 2005-06 Outstanding Instructional Aide Award. These students were honored with a special lunch, where they were given citations and a check for their excellent work. Faculty and friends joined in the celebration.
Prof. Munson presented the awards, and said, we couldn't do what we do without them. They help make us the Leaders and Best.' The department is extremely appreciative of the devotion to the student body that these four individuals have demonstrated through their excellent work and caring attitude.
CoE Undergraduate Student Awards Presented to EECS Students
Distinguished Achievement Award
Song Chua, EE
One student from each EECS program is selected by the department to receive this award on the basis of academic and personal excellence.
Marian Sarah Parker Prize
Nupur Srivastava, EE
This award is presented to an outstanding undergraduate woman student in the College of Engineering.
Mildred and Steele Bailey Prize
Chee Keong Tee, EE
This award is presented to two outstanding seniors who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership qualities and outstanding contributions to the University and the community.
Charles Barth Jr. Distinguished Class Prize
Jacky Lo, CE
This award recognizes an outstanding sophomore who has demonstrated academic excellence, leadership qualities and outstanding contributions to the University and community
Undergraduate Distinguished Leadership
Cody Hartwig, CS/CE
This award is conferred on students of the College of Engineering who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the College, University and community.
Tau Beta Pi Award
Jack Li, EETau Beta Pi Awards recognize two outstanding students who best combine exemplary character and distinguished scholarship.
2005-06 College of Engineering Graduate Student Awards
Distinguished Achievement Award
Doron Blatt, a graduate studentin EE:Systems, Hai Huang, a graduate student in Computer Science and Engineering, and DaHan Liao, a graduate student in Electrical Engineering, received the Distinguished Achievement Award. One student from each EECS program is selected by the department to receive this award on the basis of academic and personal excellence.
Marian Sarah Parker Prize
Ruba Borno, a PhD student in electrical engineering, received the Marian Sarah Parker Prize. This award is presented to an outstanding graduate woman student.
Photos from the party to celebrate Betty Cummings recent retirement from EECS after 40 years of service can be seen at the link below. We wish you all the very best, Betty. [Full Story]
Graduate Student Research Supported by Intel
Three EECS graduate students, Ruba Borno, Ashlesha Joshi, and Jorge Pernillo, have been awarded the Intel Foundation PhD Fellowship Award. This is a highly competitive award, and consists of two-year fellowships to Ph.D. candidates pursuing leading-edge work in fields related to Intel's business and research interests.
Ruba Borno, a graduate student in Electrical Engineering, works with Prof. Michel Maharbiz. She stated, "My research interests lie in the development of micro and nanotechnology mechanisms to address the demands for ultra low-power remote sensor networks. Technology miniaturization and the decentralization of sensing and computation necessitate novel energy-scavenging technologies. My research is directed towards addressing this need with the development of energy-harvesting micro and nanoscale actuators. Such actuators have applications in power generation for distributed sensing and unpowered self-assembly of microcomponents. My work thus far has demonstrated the potential of extracting work from liquid surface tension for actuation. The aim of the project is to engineer actuators that deflect and/or self-assemble controllably while powered only by environmental humidity. The experimental work is coupled with the development of an accurate theoretical model, which has generalized applications in the study of nanomechanics and fluidics."
Ashlesha Joshi, a graduate student in Computer Science and Engineering, works with Prof. Peter Chen. Her research interests lie in the areas of operating systems, virtual machines, and security. She stated, "I am interested in developing ways to make software more secure and robust using techniques at the operating system and virtual machine monitor levels. My work has focused on intrusion detection using virtual machine introspection. By combining VM introspection with vulnerability-specific predicates, attacks on known vulnerabilities can be detected with perfect accuracy and without unwanted perturbations to the target software.Future directions for this work include adding predicate support for interpreted programs, enabling automatic generation of predicates, and developing uses of predicates beyond intrusion detection."
Jorge Pernillo, a graduate student in Electrical Engineering, works with Prof. Michael Flynn. Pernillo stated, "My specific research interests are in the development and demonstration of integrated circuit techniques to facilitate controlled growth and imaging of cell cultures on a micro scale. This research involves the development of circuit techniques for imaging, analog to digital conversion and control. The techniques will enable new research in cell tissue development and disease. Furthermore since these techniques are compatible with CMOS integrated circuit technology they will facilitate cheap analysis and diagnosis."
Ruba Borno Awarded Intel Fellowship
Ruba Borno, a graduate student in Electrical Engineering, was recently awarded an Intel Foundation Ph.D. Fellowship. This program awards two-year fellowships to Ph.D. candidates pursuing leading-edge work in fields related to Intel's business and research interests.
Borno works with Prof. Michel Maharbiz. Borno stated, "My research interests lie in the development of micro and nanotechnology mechanisms to address the demands for ultra low-power remote sensor networks. Technology miniaturization and the decentralization of sensing and computation necessitate novel energy-scavenging technologies. My research is directed towards addressing this need with the development of energy-harvesting micro and nanoscale actuators. Such actuators have applications in power generation for distributed sensing and unpowered self-assembly of microcomponents. My work thus far has demonstrated the potential of extracting work from liquid surface tension for actuation. The aim of the project is to engineer actuators that deflect and/or self-assemble controllably while powered only by environmental humidity. The experimental work is coupled with the development of an accurate theoretical model, which has generalized applications in the study of nanomechanics and fluidics."
Jorge Pernillo Awarded Intel Fellowship
Jorge Pernillo, a graduate student in Electrical Engineering, was recently awarded an Intel Foundation Ph.D. Fellowship. This program awards two-year fellowships to Ph.D. candidates pursuing leading-edge work in fields related to Intel's business and research interests.
Pernillo's research area is CMOS mixed-signal circuits for biochip applications, and he works with Prof. Michael Flynn. Pernillo stated, "My specific research interests are in the development and demonstration of integrated circuit techniques to facilitate controlled growth and imaging of cell cultures on a micro scale. This research involves the development of circuit techniques for imaging, analog to digital conversion and control. The techniques will enable new research in cell tissue development and disease. Furthermore since these techniques are compatible with CMOS integrated circuit technology they will facilitate cheap analysis and diagnosis."
Startups Doing Well!
Arbor Networks, a company founded by Prof. Farnam Jahanian, is number 9 in the 2005 Inc. 500 List. It has grown 4,651% in the past 5 years, making it the 9th fastest growing company in the country. [Additional Information]
Mobius Microsystems, co-founded by Chief Technical Officer and EECS alumnus Michael McCorquodale (MS and PhD, EE, '00 and '04), was presented with an award for Innovation of the Year, and was counted among 1 of the 50 companies to watch in Michigan at the second annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business event. [Press Release - Additional Information - Photo]
Undergraduate Students Doing Research
Read about the research conducted by EECS undergraduate students in the latest issue of the EECS News (pages 16-17). These students have been working on cochlear implants, devices with biomedical applications for cardiac patients, robotics, electronic commerce, computer networking security, integrated optics, and internet security.
Professor Kensall D. Wise Receives 2007 Henry Russel Lectureship
Professor Kensall D. Wise has been selected to receive the U-M 2007 Henry Russel Lectureship.
Professor Wise is the William Gould Dow Distinguished University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, the J. Reid and Polly Anderson Professor of Manufacturing Technology, and Director of the NSF Center for Wireless Integrated MicroSystems (WIMS). Wise is a fellow of IEEE and the AIMBE and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. His present research interests focus on the development of integrated microsystems for health care, process control, and environmental monitoring.
The Lectureship is the highest honor bestowed by U-M upon a faculty member. Prof. Wise will present his lecture March 13, 2007.
Professor Khalil Najafi Named Schlumberger Professor of Engineering
Professor Khalil Najafi has been named the Schlumberger Professor of Engineering, CoE, effective March 1, 2006.
Najafi is Deputy Director of the NSF Center for Wireless Integrated MicroSystems (WIMS), and Director of the NSF National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN). His research interests lie in the areas of solid-state integrated sensors and circuits, analog and mixed-mode integrated circuit design and fabrication, fabrication technologies for silicon microactuators and three-dimensional micromechanical systems, integrated implantable sensors for biomedical applications, packaging techniques for protection of integrated circuits and sensors for long-term implantation in biological environments, miniature implantable wireless microtelemetry systems, and design of microinstrumentation systems for sensing environmental parameters.
David C. Munson, Jr. Named Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering
Dave Munson, Chair of EECS since 2003, will become the next U-M College of Engineering, Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering, effective July 1, 2006, pending Regents' approval.
Dr. Munson has increased the department's commitment to undergraduate and graduate programs, planned extensive renovation and expansion of research laboratories, improved its relationships with alumni and industry, and completed a comprehensive strategic-planning exercise. The department thanks him for his excellent leadership these past three years, and wishes him much success in his new position. [U-M Press Release]
Term: FALL 2006
EECS 509, BIOMEMS
Term: Fall 2006
EE Graduate Student Jing Wang Receives ASEE Teaching Award
Jing Wang, PhD candidate in electrical engineering, was recently notified that he received a 2006 Student Chapter of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Outstanding Student Instructor Award. In the words of Prof. Michel Maharbiz, "the students loved him: his mastery of his research, his clarity of thought, and his personable character all shone through his lecture style. In short, he is an excellent teacher; I took his thoughts and suggestions on course content and presentation seriously."Read more
Term: Fall 2006
Best Paper Award at 2006 ISQED
The paper, Power Gating with Multiple Sleep Modes, has been selected to receive a best paper award at the 2006 International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design. The paper is authored by EECS alumn Kanak Agarwal (PhD EE '04), EECS doctoral student Harmander Deogun, Prof. Dennis Sylvester, and Kevin Nowka of IBM.
The paper proposes the use of various degrees of sleep modes for integrated circuits to more appropriately reduce power consumption (and hence improve battery life of mobile products) based on the nature of applications that are being run. Current state-of-the-art ICs may employ just 1 sleep mode which does not allow its use very frequently and therefore limits achievable power savings.
EECS 598-001, Electromagnetic Metamaterials
Term: Fall 2006
Company or Institution: Princeton Consultants
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Have excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills
Have superior design skills, exude a highly professional image, and are able to comfortably interact with managers and executives at all levels in major corporations
Are committed to finding more than a heads down programming job
What benefits does Princeton Consultants offer?
At Princeton, we maintain a dedicated and motivated staff by providing clear advancement opportunities, annual bonuses, and bi-annual salary reviews. From the start, we offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package, including:
Company-paid health, life and LTD insurance
401(K) with company match and 5% of salary profit sharing
Paid vacation/sick, maternity and family leave
Overnight travel bonus
For more information, please visit our website at http://join.princeton.com.
Send your resume, including salary history, and a cover letter to:
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More about Princeton Consultants from Consulting Magazine:
"When consulting firms say they hire only the best and brightest, they are usually engaging in a bit of hyperbole. Not so at Princeton Consultants. This firm has built a strong practice and even stronger reputation by hiring bright minds from top-notch universities and putting them to work at solving business problems. Never mind recently minted MBAs from the top five business schools, Princeton's consulting talent comes via the Ph.D. programs in nuclear physics, chemistry, and other specialties at universities like Princeton, Yale, Oxford, Stanford, MIT, and Harvard." [Full Story]
Jose Costa Receives Distinguished Dissertation Award
Jose Costa has been selected to receive a 2005 U-M Horace H. Rackham Graduate School Distinguished Dissertation Award for his thesis, "Random Graphs for Structure Discovery in High-Dimensional Data."
His research demonstrates how computational efficient and scalable graph constructions, such as Minimal Spanning Trees or k-Nearest Neighbor graphs, can be used to encode both statistical and spatial information and address the problems of dimension reduction and structure discovery in high-dimensional data sets. Solving these problems is essential to take full advantage of today's most complex systems, from video surveillance to medical information equipment for example, that generate massive amounts of new types of data and information.
Costa's dissertation advisor at U-M was Prof. Al Hero. Costa is currently a postdoc fellow with the Center for the Mathematics of Information at Caltech. His research focuses on machine learning and nonparametric estimation and detection for high-dimensional data.
Best Student Paper Award in Biomedical Optics
Eric Tkaczyk, PhD student in Optics and U-M Medical Student, received the Best Student Paper Award at the Biomedical Optics Symposium (BiOS) of the Photonics West 2006 Conference. Eric said that he and his colleagues and EECS advisor, Prof. Ted Norris, are delighted with the honor of this award, and the recognition it brings to the research they are doing.
Distinguished Professorship Lecture by Pallab K. Bhattacharya
Prof. Bhattacharya, Charles M. Vest Distinguished University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, will present the invited lecture, From Pigeons to Spin-Polarized Lasers: Transmission of Information Through the Ages, April 4, 2006, from 4-5pm in the Rackham Amphitheater, followed by a reception in the Assembly Hall.
Michael Holub Receives Predoctoral Fellowship
Michael Holub, graduate student in electrical engineering, received a 2006 Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship. The Predoctoral Fellowship is one of the Rackham Graduate School's most prestigious awards. It is awarded to outstanding students who have advanced to candidacy and are working to finish their degree.
Holub's dissertation, entitled "Epitaxy of Magnetic Micro/Nanostructures and their Application toward Spin-Based Optoelectronics and Electronics," examines spin dynamics in semiconductor heterostructures through the design, epitaxial growth, fabrication, and characterization of spin-optoelectronics and spin-electronics. Special emphasis is given to spin-polarized lasers in which manipulation of electron spin via ferromagnetic semiconductors and metals allows independent modulation of the laser intensity and polarization. Such lasers offer superior performance characteristics over conventional semiconductor lasers (e.g., reduced laser threshold current as well as improved light intensity and polarization stability) and have potential applications for cryptographic telecommunications.
Chun-Hao Hsu Receives Predoctoral Fellowship
Chun-Hao Hsu, a graduate student in EE:Systems, received a 2006 Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship. The Predoctoral Fellowship is one of the Rackham Graduate School's most prestigious awards. It is awarded to outstanding students who have advanced to candidacy and are working to finish their degree.
Hsu's dissertation title is, "Design and Analysis of Capacity-Achieving Codes and Optimal Receivers with Low Complexity." His work is about designing high performance channel coding schemes for communication systems with low computational complexity.
SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
The EECS Department is pleased to offer the 2006 Spring/Summer Undergraduate Research Program. This program provides support to undergraduate students for three months during the spring/summer term to work with a faculty member on a research project of mutual interest. Deadline to apply is Friday, February 24, 2006. See the description of projects available.
Company or Institution: U-M Credit Union
Basic duties will be as follows: Programming tasks will primarily fall into report generation using a custom query language similar to SQL, and web-based scripting using Perl. Basic working knowledge of a UNIX based environment is essential. vbScripting knowledge a plus. Candidate must feel confident in taking programming projects from design stage through documentation and testing without significant amounts of outside assistance. If interested candidate will also have an opportunity to explore some Network administration areas as their experience within the organization grows.
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A ribbon-like cochlear implant developed at the NSF Engineering Research Center for Wireless Integrated Microsystems (WIMS) could greatly improve hearing for profoundly deaf patients. The implant, developed by a team led by Professor Ken Wise, uses thin-film electrode sites that directly stimulate the auditory nerve. [Full Story]
Company or Institution: Mobius Microsystems
Aid in the development of next-generation clock technology
The student should have completed basic circuits courses and have basic knowledge of lab equipment such as oscilloscopes and power supplies. Experience in printed circuit board layout, VLSI layout and Visual Basic programming is helpful but is not a prerequisite.
Term and Wages: temporary; competitive hourly rate
Mobius Microsystems develops leading-edge semiconductor clock circuits for various digital applications. Mobius grew out of research at the University of Michigan and has offices in Detroit and Sunnyvale, California. The downtown Detroit office is a 5-minute walk from Comerica Park. For more information, see our website: http://www.mobiusmicro.com.
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MEMS-Graduate Technical Intern
Company or Institution: Intel Research, Intel Corp
MEMS - Graduate Technical Intern
Company or Institution: Microsystems Technology, Intel Corp
U-M Amateur Radio Club Will Attempt Contact with Expedition Group on Peter I Island
Join the U-M Amateur Radio Club (UMARC), based in 4436 EECS, as they attempt to establish contact with a DXpedition group on Peter I Island between February 8th - 24th. UMARC invites all students, faculty, and staff with any interest in radio communication to join them.
Prof. Terry Receives Service Excellence Award
Prof. Fred Terry has been selected to receive a College of Engineering Service Excellence Award for 2005-06. He is providing the primary faculty leadership for the expansion of the Michigan Nanofabrication Facility (MNF), formerly known as the Solid-State Electronics Laboratory. He has also played a key role in Michigan's involvement with the National Nanofabrication Infrastructure Network (NNIN). Prof. Terry has a reputation for his long-standing service to important departmental committees, particularly those that impact our students. Prof. Terry will receive his award at the College of Engineering Faculty Honors and Awards Dinner Dance on March 25, 2006.
Prof. Sylvester Receives Education Excellence Award
Professor Dennis Sylvester has been selected to receive a College of Engineering Education Excellence Award for 2005-06, for his many contributions to the education of EECS students. He developed a new undergraduate course in digital circuits, and extensively revised the course, VLSI I. He is a very popular instructor of difficult courses. Prof. Sylvesters area is Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI), and he has taken stewardship of this program even as a junior faculty member. He has traveled to Malaysia and China to expose foreign faculty to the methods U-M uses to teach VLSI. Professor Sylvester will receive his award at the College of Engineering Faculty Honors and Awards Dinner Dance on March 25, 2006.
John Nees Receives Outstanding Research Scientist Award
John Nees has been selected to receive a College of Engineering Outstanding Research Scientist Award for 2005-06. He has contributed significantly to the work in the Center for Ultrafast Optical Sciences (CUOS) in the area of high-speed optoelectronics, and recently to new research avenues using the novel lambda-cubed laser. He has helped develop CUOS into an interdisciplinary center, opening up new fields in materials science and biomedical engineering, as well as more traditional areas of optics and plasma physics. John will receive his award at the College of Engineering Faculty Honors and Awards Dinner Dance on March 25, 2006.
Louis F. Kazda, 1916-2006
Louis F. Kazda was a faculty member of the department 1947-1984, when he retired from U-M. During his tenure at U-M, he received many awards for excellence and teaching, and served as Director of the Power Systems and Energy Conversion Laboratory (no longer an EECS lab). He enjoyed returning to the department for the William Gould Dow Distinguished Lectures. The photo was taken at one of these visits. Kazda was a Fellow of the IEEE, and very active in the society.
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Rick Wallace (BSE, EE 82) Named CEO of KLA-Tencor
Richard P. (Rick) Wallace has been named the chief executive officer (CEO) of KLA-Tencor Corporation. Wallace joined KLA-Tencor in 1988 as an applications engineer, and most recently was the president and COO of the company. He has been responsible for the Wafer Inspection Group, Reticle and Photomask Inspection Division, Films and Surface Technology Division, Software and Customer Groups, and the Lithography Control Group.
Wallace graduated from the department in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, and went on to earn a master's degree in engineering management from Santa Clara University. See also the press release.
Dahan Liao Wins Prize at URSI National Radio Science Meeting
Dahan Liao, PhD student in Electrical Engineering, was selected to be one of the three prize winners at the 2006 International Union of Radio Science (URSI), National Radio Science meeting. He will present his winning paper along with the other two student winners at the Plenary Session. This is the second time Liao has won one of the top three student paper awards at this meeting. The paper is called, ""Modeling and Simulation of Near-Earth Propagation in Presence of a Truncated Vegetation Layer," and is co-authored by his advisor, Prof. Kamal Sarabandi.
Emmett Leith, 1927-2005
Emmett Leith, the Schlumberger Professor of Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, passed away December 23 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. Leith, a revered CoE faculty member for 52 years, was one of the early innovators of holography in the 1960s. See also the Ann Arbor News article, and the New York Times article. This may require registration with the NY Times, at no charge.
HKN Receives the Outstanding Chapter Award (OCA) for 2004-05
The Beta Epsilon chapter of Eta Kappa Nu, which is U-Mís student chapter of the national Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society, is a recipient of the Outstanding Chapter Award for 2004-05. Student chapters are judged on the basis of their activities to improve professional development, to raise instructional and institutional standards, to encourage scholarship and creativity, and to provide a public service. Shown above are the officers for the Fall 2005 term. Officers are elected each term. A description of some of the activities that our students participate in can be found on page 10 of the 2004 Fall/Winter issue of the EECS Newsletter.