ECE News for 2007

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Dec 06, 2007
Karl Krushelnick Named Fellow of American Physical Society


Prof. Karl Krushelnick, professor of Nuclear Engineering & Radiological Sciences, and EECS, was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society. [Read more...]

Dec 05, 2007
New Textbook for Students: Semiconductor Device Physics and Design


Semiconductor Device Physics and Design, written by Profs. Jasprit Singh and Umesh Mishra, is written for undergraduate seniors and graduate students. It addresses issues in modern device design from the point of view of physics, material properties, application needs and technology challenges.


Related Topics:  Singh, Jasprit  

Nov 28, 2007
Professor Sarabandi Awarded Humboldt Research Award


Professor Kamal Sarabandi, director of the Radiation Laboratory, has been awarded a Humboldt Research Award. This award is granted to scientists and scholars from all disciplines whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future. [Read more...]


Related Topics:  Sarabandi, Kamal  

Nov 27, 2007
U-M Invests in EECS startup: Arbor Photonics


Arbor Photonics is a company that possesses a stellar team built around a disruptive, proprietary technology that meets a clear market need, said Thomas Porter, director of the student-managed venture capital fund that recently invested in the company. Professor of Optics and Arbor Photonics' chief science officer Almantas Galvanauskas developed a novel scalable optical fiber technology that promises to supplant more expensive and bulkier laser systems. [U-M Press Release]


Related Topics:  Galvanauskas, Almantas  Technology Transfer  

Nov 20, 2007
EECS Welcome Day: Tuesday, November 27

ATTN Students! Tuesday, November 27, 11am-3:30pm in the CSE and EECS Atriums. Come get a glimpse of EECS courses and research. Ask questions of graduate students and faculty. Several companies are sponsoring this event because they believe in the value of an EECS education! Free pizza!

Nov 15, 2007
Nicole Campbell Named 2007 National GEM Consortium Most Promising Ph.D. Fellow

Nicole Campbell, the 2007 Radiation and Climate Carl Storm Research Fellow, has recently been named the 2007 National GEM Consortium Most Promising Ph.D. Fellow. Working with Prof. Mahta Moghaddam, Ms. Campbell is conducting research on a Foliage Camouflage Target(F-CaT)Identification model. The award is based on this research, as well as her climate physics research conducted at Pacific Northwest National Labs. [Read more...]

Nov 14, 2007
EECS Students Recognized at U-M Engineering Graduate Symposium

Congratulations to the following students for their achievements in the 2007 U-M Engineering Graduate Symposium:

Scott Rudolph received first place for his Oral Presentation in the "Everything Waves" session.

Mark Liffiton and Julie Weber received first and second place for their oral presentations in the Signal Processing, Computer Science and Technology session.

Willie Bowen and Pierre-Yves Emelie received first and third place for their oral presentations in the Electronic Materials and MEMS session.

Eric Tkaczyk received first place for his oral presentation in the Biomedical Imaging, Fluoroscopy and Microscopy session.

Michael Thiel received first place, and Ruba Borno received second place, for their Poster Presentations in the "Everything Waves" session.

Oct 26, 2007
3 .NET developers(they are willing to train those who have a background in computer science with some knowledge of .net)

Company or Institution: Confidential-Digital Marketing and Advertising Company whose clients include Audi, Botox, GlaxoSmithKline Kline, Western Union, Jet Blue, Subway etc. This is a GREAT company to work for. The environment is young, fun, and innovative.

Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Job Description:

Job responsibilities:Work as part of a team of developers to design, build and test web-based applications for a global online advertising agency using: SQL Server, ASP.NET (C#), HTML, JavaScript and occasionally Perl or Java.Maintain or upgrade existing applicationsContribute to technical discussionsContribute to design and interface discussionsRequirements:Strong problem solving skillsAbility to work well as part of a team, though comfort working solo is also a plusAbility to turn a loosely defined project description into a well-defined planA strong desire to learn our business and contribute

Preferred:Advanced programming or database experienceStrong interface design skillsStrong communication/social skillsETL experience (e.g. Business Objects Data Integrator)Knowledge of Agile methodologyMarketing experience (especially on-line marketing)

If you would like to hear more about the position please contactMolly Concannon at 734-462-9505 or mconcannon@otterbase.com

Oct 22, 2007
Tony Grbic Receives AFOSR Young Investigator Award


Assistant professor Tony Grbic received a Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). This grant will support research that is expected to open new opportunities in antenna design and microwave/millimeter-wave device development. [Read more...]


Related Topics:  Antennas  Applied Electromagnetics  Grbic, Anthony  

Oct 18, 2007
Halloween Party - 2007


EECS! Happy Halloween!

With encouragement of Dave Munson and Farnum Jahanian, the CSE administration extends a cordial invitation to all EECS faculty, staff, and students to join us in a haunt-filled event to celebrate Halloween. Attendance and dressing up in extremely silly costumes is mandatory!

Oct 16, 2007
Continuum Finishes 7th in Australia


The U-M solar team placed 7th in the Challenge Class of the World Solar Challenge, showing how a world class team can overcome adversity. After an unfortunate collision the first day of racing, the U-M car Continuum went on to pass 25 cars on their way to the finish line. Read more on the team blog. Continuum employed a revolutionary design in the use of parabolic mirrors to improve overall performance. [Video] [Race Results] [Press Release]

Oct 11, 2007
Making Your First Million: and other tips for aspiring entrepreneurs


What spawned Silicon Valley and how can you capitalize on your own entrepreneurial spirit? Listen to Lee Boysel entrepreneur, investor, and inventor of the first single-chip CPU microprocessor talk about the lost early years of the microprocessor, and Making Your First Million [Video Link] [Slides Only] [Read more...]

Oct 09, 2007
Jessy Grizzle Receives Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award


Jessy Grizzle combines a deep knowledge of control theory with an ability to develop practical applications in several areas. A case in point is his contribution to bipedal locomotion, an achievement that is considered to be a major turning point in robotics. This advance was achieved through a deep theoretical insight combined with practical ingenuity. [Read more...]


Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  

Oct 09, 2007
Prof. Fessler Earns Faculty Recognition Award


Jeffrey Fessler's research in the field of medical image reconstruction is multidisciplinary and his collaborations have had significant impact across the University and beyond. Several of his algorithms have been patented, and some have transitioned to leading medical centers and to scanner manufacturers. [Read more...]


Related Topics:  Fessler, Jeffrey  

Sep 29, 2007
General Manager

Company or Institution: NA

Location:

Job Description:

The executive recruiting and consulting firm of Saenger Associates has been exclusively retained to conduct a confidential nationwide search for the position of General Manager for our client company. This is an exceptional opportunity for a unique and talented individual with keen leadership abilities and a strong desire to achieve. The successful candidate will have full operations management responsibility within a dynamic corporation with substantial opportunity for growth.

BACKGROUND

Our global client is the world's largest manufacturer and distributor of industrial, commercial and residential products; holding over 100 patents in their niche' market. Their decades-long reputation as pioneers, coupled with high caliber products and superior service, make them a force to be reckoned with around the world.

The company continues to focus on strategic expansion of its product lines with an attitude of never ending improvement for efficiency and profitability. As a market leader, this new leadership position is needed to keep up with the growth of the company.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The general manager will produce and employ operation strategies to expand the selected division(s) of the company. The quantity and nature of the assigned division(s) will be based on the experience level of the hired candidate. The general manager will provide strategic leadership by formulating plans, goals and objectives and by providing a consistent financial perspective and intellectual ability to shape and drive key business decisions that are in alignment with the overall vision of the corporation.

Additional responsibilities include:

Run the day-to-day operations of currently operating businesses.Deliver desired results in a win-win, team oriented style.Continue to strive as a high-quality leader.Maintain a culture of integrity, high customer response and value.Grow a high-energy and positive staff.Execute creative, well-researched business development opportunities.Build and nurture relationships with key customers.Continuously and vigorously deliver product improvement, product enhancements and new products. Build and expand the management depth of talent to drive revenues and profits per the long-term strategic plan.



REQUIREMENTS

Career results within sophisticated manufacturing, product development and sales / marketing organizations.Intelligence, with sophistication and skills necessary to establish and maintain a high degree of credibility.Desire and commitment to take on increasingly greater level of responsibility and progress to an executive level position within the company.Engineering undergraduate degree and MBA from top-tier school preferred.Experience and ability to deliver results - in an ever-changing business environment.Proven management track record, must have had increasing levels of P & L responsibility at the $50MM level and above. Flexible, inner toughness/strength, self-motivated and decisive.Blue chip company experience. Recent / current experience as General Manager, Division President, COO, President.

INDUSTRY PREFERENCES

Including - companies in the Industrial and Commercial Products industries.

COMPENSATION

Competitive base salary / incentive performance bonus - commensurate with position.Excellent company benefits.Relocation available location to be in the west / southwest.

We welcome your comments, suggestions, and referrals on this truly unique executive opportunity.

For further information, please contact Barbara Gorkis by phone at 480-840-1594, or by E-mail at bgorkis@saengerassociates.com Additional information also may be attained at our website, www.saengerassociates.com.

Sep 29, 2007
DEPARTMENT HEAD ENGINEERING NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Company or Institution: NA

Location:

Job Description:

The executive recruiting firm of Saenger Associates has been retained to conduct a search for the newly created position of Department Head Engineering New Product Development. The subject position reports directly to the SBU General Manager and is based in AZ.

Our long-time client is a manufacturer / distributor and is a recognized global leader in its industry - growing, successful, and profitable. They walk their talk with a winning team operating style that focuses on the needs of the customer. For many decades, this company has enjoyed long-standing reputation for high quality products and service.

DEPARTMENT HEAD ENGINEERING NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

RESPONSIBILITIES

The position is responsible for all of the engineering activities related to one of their leading SBU's new product development and quality improvement initiatives.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the engineering staff of this division's new product development engineering department. This group is responsible for projects leading to new products and product line extensions for a wide range of commercial-grade products while working very closely with the Marketing & Sales, Quality, and Manufacturing groups. The responsibilities of the position include: project conception, justification and execution; project planning and scheduling; project completion, achievement of project deliverables; and contribution to the setting/accomplishing of the New Product Development objectives and the business unit's overall strategic direction & plans.

The successful incumbent will hire, train, coach and develop engineers in alignment with the overall business initiatives and will be a member of the senior management team of the SBU. QUALIFICATIONS

The successful candidate must have the potential for at least 2 more levels of management. A Bachelor's degree in Engineering is a must - an advanced degree strongly preferred. We require 5 + years experience in engineering management and 15 plus years of overall experience in progressive manufacturing / engineering / quality environments. Previous general management experience with P & L responsibility is a plus.

Strong project management skills with a demonstrated ability to plan and drive projects to completion; and a thorough understanding of product development are critical for success in this fast-paced, high- volume, high-reliability product environment. Must have excellent theoretical and demonstrated knowledge of engineering concepts with an ability to perform financial analysis and cost justifications. The candidate will be well organized, enthusiastic, high energy, a team player and have a strong work ethic.



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TARGET INDUSTRIES

Consumer Electronics, Medical Devices and Supplies, Plastics, Packaging, Aerospace, Injection Molding, and other industries where medium to high volume engineered products are featured

COMPENSATION

This position offers an excellent competitive, compensation package, full range of competitive benefits and upward career potential. Relocation benefits are available to the successful candidate to this Arizona location.

We welcome your suggestions or referrals. For consideration, please contact Barbara Gorkis, with your resume and salary history in strictest confidence, to bgorkis@saengerassociates.com

Aug 27, 2007
Alumnus Avi Rubin responds to recent news about weaknesses in the e-voting machines

Avi Rubin (BS CCS; MSE CSE; PHD CSE) was not surprised to hear that the electronic voting machines used in California (and elsewhere) are vulnerable to being hacked and having the voting results changed. In fact, he brought to light many vulnerabilities in the Diebold machines back in 2003, before the election that employed more of these machines than ever before.

Prof. Rubin is a professor computer science at Johns Hopkins University, specializing in computer security and privacy, especially electronic voting. He is the director of NSF ACCURATE Center, a multi-institution voting research center, and recently published the book, Brave New Ballot: The Battle to Safeguard Democracy in the Age of Electronic Voting. Read more about his responses to security problems in electronic voting machines on his blog.

[Read the official California Report]

Aug 21, 2007
Breakthrough in Quantum Computing


Prof. Duncan Steel, the Robert J. Hiller Professor of Engineering, describes a breakthrough on the road to achieving quantum computing in Science . These optically driven quantum computers are being developed to create encryption codes that would be impenetrable by classical computers. The Science article is titled "Coherent Optical Spectroscopy of a Strongly Driven Quantum Dot."
[EE Times Article]


Related Topics:  Lasers  Optics and Photonics  Quantum Computing  Quantum Science and Devices  Solid-state Devices and Nanotechnology  Steel, Duncan  

Aug 21, 2007
Network Problems

Merit is once again experiencing network problems. They are working on the problem but give no ETA as to when connectivity might berestored. You can read more at:

http://merit.edu/mail.archives/network-alerts/msg00636.html

We will keep you updated as we learn more. --DCO

Aug 03, 2007
Eric Chown leads team to RoboCup victory

Eric Chown was a member of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory when he graduated with his PhD in Computer Science and Engineering. He is now on the faculty of the Computer Science Department at Bowdoin College in Maine, and recently led his robotics team to an international victory in the RoboCup 2007 competition. My goal is to make science fun and exciting and attract young people, said Chown in an interview with CNN.[Read the CNN Article]

Aug 03, 2007
Nov 15: Ann Arbor Tech Fair and Career Mentor Panel

10:00am - 4:00pm (CSE Bldg Atrium): Organized by the student honor society, HKN, the A2Tech provides local technology companies the opportunity to showcase their work to the U-M's future computer engineers, computer scientists and electrical engineers. [Additional Information]
5:00pm (1670 CSE Bldg): EECS Career Mentor Panel
[Additional Information]

Jul 30, 2007
Francesco Andriulli Takes First Prize in Student Paper Competition at URSI 2007

Francesco Andriulli won First Place in the Student Paper Competition at the 2007 North American Radio Science Meeting (URSI - CNC/USNC) for the paper "A Multiplicative Calderon Preconditioner for the Electric Field Integral Equation." The paper was co-authored by Kristof Cools, Femke Olyslager, and Prof. Eric Michielssen.

Jul 30, 2007
Karan Jumani receives student prize for paper at IGARSS 2007

Karan Jumani took third prize at the Student Prize Paper competition at the 2007 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium for his paper, "An Investigation of PN Sequences for Multi-Static SAR/InSAR Applications," co-authored by Prof. Kamal Sarabandi. This year's conference was held in Barcelona, Spain, July 23-27, 2007.

Jul 30, 2007
Prof. Jessy Grizzle Named the Jerry W. and Carol L. Levin Professor of Engineering, and Publishes New Book

Prof. Jessy Grizzle was recently named the Jerry W. and Carol L. Levin Professor of Engineering. Prof. Grizzle is an expert in the theory of nonlinear control systems. His current research focuses on modeling and control of automotive powertrain systems, and the control of bipedal robots.[Read more...]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  

Jul 09, 2007
Software development, product management, quality assurance and other engineering related positions.

Company or Institution: Barracuda Networks

Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Job Description:

Silicon Valley based Barracuda Networks - NOW Hiring Software Development and QA

All positions are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Barracuda Networks, the exciting Silicon Valley based security appliances firm has launched a new software development and engineering innovation center in Ann Arbor.

After leading the way in the fight against Spam, Viruses, Spyware, Content Filtering, and Server Load Balancing, Barracuda is looking to build exciting new products in the heart of Michigan.

Barrauda Networks is a highly profitable, leading provider of application security appliances. We maintain and laid back and high energy working environment which breeds innovation. We are now looking to add more talented individuals to work on our expanding product line. With over 40,000 customers worldwide, this fast-paced, rapidly growing company needs top talent to ensure our product lines live up to the high standards of our current and future customers.

*** Barracuda Networks, Inc., the leader in security appliances, is now hiring a variety of software developers for a new Ann Arbor development office. These positions are immediately available. ***

We are looking for senior, junior, and intern/entry level talent for the exciting new satellite development office located conveniently close to the University of Michigan campus. Current CS students are also encouraged to apply.

Software engineers in this office will be tasked with developing new and exciting products for Barracuda, along with providing additional development expertise to our highly successful Spam Firewalls, Web Filters, IM Firewalls, and Load Balancers.

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We are IMMEDIATELY hiring (all levels; senior, junior and entry) software development, product management, quality assurance and other engineering related positions.

Please send us your resume if you have any of these skill sets:

Linux/UNIX

Perl

C

C#/ASP.net

COM

MAPI

AJAX/Advanced Web Development

Windows Development

Strong security knowledge

C++

C#/ASP.net

LINUX, UNIX, Windows and TCP/IP application development

Strong security and networking knowledge is preferred.

QA: Any software development QA experience

Also, any development jobs available at http://www.barracudanetworks.com/ns/company/careers.php are available from the Ann Arbor office.


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** HIRING TODAY! **

Please send your resume, salary requirements, and availability to sheiney (at) barracuda.com.

Tell your friends! Barracuda is the coolest company around. ;)





About Barracuda Networks:



Barracuda is a highly energetic and successful security appliance firm, headquartered in Mountain View, California. Established in 2002, Barracuda Networks, Inc., is the leading provider of enterprise-class application security appliances for comprehensive email, Internet, and IM protection. Winner of numerous industry honors, its flagship products protect over 40,000 customers around the world, including Adaptec, Caltrans, CBS, Georgia Institute of Technology, IBM, NASA, Pizza Hut, Union Pacific Railroad Company, and the U.S. Treasury Department. Barracuda Networks' mission is to provide powerful, enterprise-class solutions that are suitable for the largest of businesses yet have the ease of use and affordability that smaller businesses demand. With this combination of power, ease of use and affordability, Barracuda Networks products continue to win wide acclaim from customers as well as within media and analyst circles.

Barracuda Networks is a privately held company with headquarters in Campbell, California. Barracuda Networks has offices in eight international locations and distributors in over 43 countries.

Jul 01, 2007
EECS Summer Pcinic - 2007

Click on the photo to the left or the link below for more photos from the 2007 EECS Summer picnic. [Full Story]

Jun 19, 2007
Prof. Sarabandi Recognized by NASA

Prof. Kamal Sarabandi received a NASA Certificate of Appreciation for Significant Contribution as a member of NASA Advisory Council to the Workshop on Science Associated with the Lunar Exploration Architecture, from Dr. Michael Griffin, NASA Administrator, and Senator Harrison H. Schmitt, Chairman of NASA Advisory Council. Read more about his research in an article that appeared in the SS2007 issue of EECS News.

Related Topics:  Sarabandi, Kamal  

Jun 19, 2007
ECE Grad Student Karl Brakora Earns Student Paper Award

ECE doctoral student Karl F. Brakora received the third prize in the student paper competition at the IEEE International Antennas and Propagation Symposium, for his paper, "Integration of Single-Mode Photonic Crystal Waveguides to Monolithic MMW Subsystems Constructed Using Ceramic Stereolithography." The paper was co-authored by his advisor, Prof. Kamal Sarabandi, and is printed in the Proceedings: IEEE International Antennas and Propagation Symposium, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 10-15, 2007.

Jun 07, 2007
Prof. Del Vecchio Interviewed in IEEE Control Systems Mazagine

Jun 01, 2007
How does DCO distribute software?

For linux much of the software is served out of afs so that users are simply running the same thing they would at CAEN. In addition we almost always install things remotely via ssh. We might mount an iso off of a remote machine, scp things over, whatever. We also provide cds upon request.

For windows and macs we have mostly provided CDs and walked around to install for those people that need help.

However, I have recently been putting software that does not need to be on a CD on a web server under a variety of protection schemes : cosign with a restricted user list and by ip address. This has worked fairly well considering we run our own web server so no one gets upset at my putting gigabytes of data on it.

For some users I have also recently started using remote desktop to connect to the machine and install things on it where the files are either local to my machine (remote desktop can connect local drives to the remote machine), on a windows share, or downloaded from our website. The problem with this is that we have quite a few machines that do not have remote desktop turned on and even when they do this does notwork when someone is logged into the machine.

Long term I am interested in using SMS advertised install scripts which I believe would allow an end user without administrative rights to install an application using administrative rights by proxy. It would also allow someone to ask us to do it for them (say on a large number of machines) and we could just make the SMS job mandatory on their machines and not have to worry about whether someone is logged in. The issue here is that there is a much larger learning curve for this, it requires SMS to be installed and working on the machine, and it requires more specialized server support.

-- Joel

May 24, 2007
EE Engineer: Instrumentation and Controls

Company or Institution: Malcolm Pirnie, Inc.

Location: Detroit, MI

Job Description:

Our ideal candidate must have a keen interest in technology and an aptitude to learn development of master plans, automation strategy, monitoring and control system design, software configuration and system start up and documentation. A minimal of three years of experience in electrical controls, PLC programming, HMI software configuration, P& ID development and telemetry and communications systems will be a plus. Must have B.S. Degree in Mechanical, Electrical, or Chemical Engineering. Masters degree a plus. Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills are a must.
EOE

Job Summary:
Malcolm Pirnie, Inc., a leading national Environmental Engineering firm is seeking an Engineer to work within our Instrumentation and Controls practice in the Red Oak Consulting division in Detroit, Michigan. The position requires research and development of process controls and design of control systems including computer controlled automation for water and wastewater industries. Responsibilities include developing Process and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs), technical specifications, shop drawing review and support field staff during construction. The responsibilities will also include providing engineering solutions to interface process monitoring, control and automation systems with electrical and mechanical equipment and developing master plans.

Malcolm Pirnie offers exceptional flexible benefits including major medical, dental, vision, 401k and Pension Retirement Plans, Tuition Reimbursement, Work/Life balance programs, Bonus and Incentive Compensation all in a flex-time environment

Interested students should email Adam Gersh at:

agersh@pirnie.com.

May 24, 2007
Business Consultant

Company or Institution: CONTAX Inc.

Location: Toronto, Canada

Job Description:

Company Description
CONTAX Inc. is a privately owned information technology consulting services firm founded in 1989 in Toronto, Canada. Since its inception, CONTAX has grown to service clients across North America from offices located in Toronto, Montreal, and Chicago.

Our business is built on the strength of our client relationships. CONTAX consultants focus on providing quality systems solutions, which best meet the business needs of our clients.

We provide services to some of the world's leading firms in the following areas:

- SAP Technology Consulting
- EDI Configuration and Integration
- J.D. Edward's One World
- Oracle Applications
- AS/400 Business Applications
- Web Development
- Project Management
- Training


Job Qualifications
- A Bachelor's degree in a technical field
- Programming experience
- Excellent leadership, communication (written and oral), and interpersonal skills
- Proven success in both team-oriented and individual environments
- Work authorization which does not require sponsorship by the employer


Job Description
CONTAX is dedicated to leading the consulting industry in professionalism and technical expertise. We invest heavily in attracting, training, and developing some of the brightest minds in the business.

Working as a Business Consultant with CONTAX, you will be extensively trained to build your core technical, business, and industry knowledge. Training will involve learning some of the newest technologies in enterprise systems and web development in addition to strengthening your project management and business skills.

Clients will rely on your expertise to enhance their investments in technology and business systems. You will be expected to bring new ideas to the table and provide creative solutions for various business issues.


Responsibilities may include

- Designing and implementing technical solutions customized to meet client needs
- Evaluating and re-engineering a client's existing business process
- Developing custom reporting tools
- Functional configuration in a specific area of a client's ERP system
- Managing existing client relationships
- Building new client relationships and securing new strategic partnerships

 

Kevin Changela
Director of Human Resources
CONTAX INC.
311 W Superior St.
Suite 313
Chicago, IL 60610
847-754-8209
careers@contax.com

or

Jennifer Thelwell
Office Manager
CONTAX INC.
893 Yonge Street,
Toronto, ON M4W 2H2
416-927-1913
careers@contax.com

 



May 11, 2007
Jessy Grizzles Robotics Leg Research

Professor Jessy Grizzle's critical control work with the robot RABBIT is finding a new outlet with researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, where they are building their own highly dynamic biped robot. A video of the project appears on Machine Design's web site, EngineeringTV.

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  

May 07, 2007
EECS Student Instructor Awards

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Each year, the EECS Department honors our top-performing Graduate Student Instructors (GSI), and undergraduate Instructional Aides (IA), at a special luncheon. This year's awards took place Thursday, April 26, 2007. Congratulations to the following individuals:

GSI Awardees

Chih-Wei Wang
Phil Choi
Jon Andersen

IA Awardee

Jon DeBusscher

Honorable Mentions

Eric Williams
Adam Barnett
Barry Mullins
Kevin Lim
Julia Lipman

May 07, 2007
Wan-Thai Hsu Receives EE Times ACE Award

Wan-Thai Hsu (PhD EE '01), CTO for U-M start-up Discera Inc., received the EE Times 3rd Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) award for Innovator of the Year. This award is given to an individual who brings leadership, creativity and out-of-the-box thinking to a technology, a product or a business. [Read more...]

May 03, 2007
Martha Pollack Named Dean of School of Information

Prof. Martha Pollack has been named the new Dean for U-M School of Information, effective August 1, 2007. Pollack came to U-M in 2000, and has served as Associate Chair for the Computer Science and Engineering division since 2004.
UM Press Release

Apr 25, 2007
EE Grad Student Eric Dattoli Receives NSF Research Fellowship

Eric Dattoli, graduate student in electrical engineering, won a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, and a National Defense Science and Engineering (NDSEG) Fellowship from the Department of Defense.

Dattoli describes his work: "One-dimensional structures such as nanowires and nanotubes have shown great potential as future electronic devices. Their commercial applications, however, depend critically on the development of effective, large scale assembly and integration of such nanostructures. I have worked to fabricate a totally transparent tin oxide nanowire-based thin-film transistor on a glass substrate. The device possesses carrier mobilities in excess of 100 cm^2/(V*s), a performance level that far exceeds the performance of existing thin-film transistor devices. In addition, the device was fabricated using low temperature processing conditions which are compatible with plastic (flexible) substrates. This work may one day open up avenues for low-power, transparent electronics on flexible, transparent, and cheap substrates."

Dattoli's work has already resulted in both a journal and a conference paper. He works with Prof. Wei Lu, a member of the Solid-State Electronics Laboratory.

Apr 12, 2007
Michael Flynn Receives 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship

Prof. Michael P. Flynn, associate professor in the Solid-State Electronics Laboratory, received a highly prestigious 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship for his research into the fundamental limits of analog-to-digital conversion.
[Read more...]
[U-M Press Release]

Related Topics:  Flynn, Michael  

Apr 06, 2007
Prof. Maharbiz receives Keck Foundation Grant for research decoding chemical reactions in the body

Professor Michel Maharbiz is principal investigator of an interdisciplinary and multi-institutional team that recently won a prestigious W.M. Keck Foundation grant to build microsystems that will help scientists decode the mechanisms that guide embryo and stem cell development.
U-M Press Release

Mar 19, 2007
Mr. Guoqing (Noah) Chang Receives Distinguished Dissertation Award

Mr. Guoqing (Noah) Chang has won a 2006 Rackham Distinguished Dissertation Award for his dissertation, Nonlinear Propagations and High Power THz Generations Using Ultrashort Pulses. He graduated with his Ph.D. in electrical engineering, December 2006, majoring in Optics. He was advised by Profs. Ted Norris and Herbert Winful.

Mar 19, 2007
Dan Ruan Awarded Barbour Scholarship

Dan Ruan, a PhD student in EE: Systems, has been awarded a 2007 Barbour Scholarship. Dan is advised by Professor Jeff Fessler. The Barbour Scholarship program was established in 1914 at the University of Michigan to train young women in modern science, medicine, mathematics and other specialties critical to the development of their native lands.

Mar 15, 2007
Jianbai Wang Receives Roger A. Haken Best Student Paper Award

Jianbai Wang, PhD student in electrical engineering, was awarded the 2005 Roger A. Haken Best Student Paper Award at the 2006 IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting last December, 2006. Her paper, co-authored by Mayurachat Gulari and Prof. Ken Wise, is titled, "An Integrated Position-Sensing System for a MEMS-Based Cochlear Implant." It was described by EE Times, as "the first cochlear electrode array to incorporate a full electronic position measurement system." Read more about her work on her web page. Her research is part of the Center for Wireless Integrated Microsystems.

Mar 09, 2007
CSE Faculty Member Andrew Ladd Mourned

The Department was saddened to hear that Andrew Ladd, who was recently hired as an EECS faculty member in the CSE Division, passed away in his sleep the morning of March 4, 2007. Andrew was 28 years old. His research expertise spanned a broad area including robotics, graphics, vision, theory, and systems. We in EECS looked forward to having Andrew's energy and enthusiasm as part of our department and it is with great sadness that we note his passing.[Obituary and Guest Book; search for Andrew Ladd]

Mar 07, 2007
HKN Peer Mentoring: All About EECS Courses and Programs

Get advice about which classes to take - Learn more about the different areas within EECS, from student members of the EECS Honors Society, Eta Kappa Nu. Thursday, March 15, 2007, from 4-7PM in Tishman Hall, CSE Bldg. All current and prospective EECS students are welcome - Pizza will be served! [Flyer]

Mar 07, 2007
Web Programmer/Analyst

Company or Institution: Kalamazoo RESA

Location: Kalamazoo, MI

Job Description:

Full time Web programmer to develop Internet databaseapplications for use in schools. Duties includeanalyzing business needs, interface design, databasedesign, programming in Microsoft Visual Studio,training of other programming and implementation. Minimum Associates Degree; with experience writingweb-based applications. Bachelor's degree and experience with ASP.NET,Visual Basic.NET,Visual C#.NETand SQL databases preferred. Please apply online at www.kresa.org by 3/19/07. EOE.

Mar 01, 2007
Prof. Ken Wise Will Give Henry Russel Lecture

Prof. Wise will present the talk, WIMS: Sparking Breakthroughs in Health Care and the Global Environment, Tuesday, March 13, 2007, 4pm at Rackham Amphitheatre. The Henry Russel Lectureship is the highest honor bestowed on a faculty member by the University.
[University Record]

Related Topics:  Wise, Kensall  

Feb 27, 2007
lvaro Cienfuegos Villazn

lvaro Cienfuegos Villazn, eclesisticu asturianu, cardenal ya plenipotenciariu del emperador Carlos VI d'Habsburgo en Roma ( 19 d'agostu de 1739).

Feb 26, 2007
Integrated Circuit Designer : Job ID: 522389, Job ID: 522390

Company or Institution: Intel

Location: Fremont, CA

Job Description:

Description

In this position, you will be working with a small team of IC designers to work on physical level chips for communications. Your responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

Working with people from different divisions, identifying and analyzing problems, plans, and solutions

Working independently on part of chip designs, from concept, schematic, simulation to key layout

Working together with a small group to achieve team goals

Qualifications

You must possess either a Ph.D. or a Master of Science degree in a related field with more than five years of relevant working experience, or a Bachelor of Science degree in a related field with more than eight years of relevant working experience. Additional qualifications include:

Experience with a full cycle of analog chip design, capabilities of independent work

Experience in mux* and/or demux*, serdes*, CDR designs, preferably with higher than 1Gbps speed

Experience of using foundries and outside packaging and/or testing house Experience with low cost designs Good written and verbal communication skills Knowledge of PC related circuitry is preferred

Location: Fremont, CA

You can either apply this job online at www.intel.com/jobs or send me your resume at chien-chang.liu@intel.com. [Full Story]

Feb 23, 2007
Spring/Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Engineering

Apply by March 7, 2007 for an EECS Spring/Summer Undergraduate Research project with an EECS faculty member. Read about the projects available, and sign-up on the online form.

Feb 23, 2007
Prof. Demos Teneketzis receives 2007 Graduate Student Mentoring Award

Prof. Demos Teneketzis has been selected to receive a 2007 Rackham Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award. He will receive the award at a public ceremony, April 12 at 4pm in the Rackham Amphitheatre.
[read more...]

Related Topics:  Teneketzis, Demosthenis  

Feb 22, 2007
Prof. Fesslers research group earns three poster awards at SPIE 2007

Prof. Jeff Fessler and his research group earned three poster awards at the 2007 SPIE (The International Society for Optical Engineering) Medical Imaging Conference, held Feb. 17-22, 2007.

The winning posters:

"A simplified motion model for estimating respiratory motion from orbiting views," by R Zeng, J A Fessler, and J M Balter.
Cum laude poster award

"Local mismatch location and spatial scale detection in image registration," by R Narayanan, J A Fessler, B Ma, C R Meyer.
Honorable mention poster award

"Fast variance predictions for 3D cone-beam CT with quadratic regularization," by Y Zhang-O'Connor, J A Fessler.
Honorable mention poster award

Rongping Zeng and Yingying Zhang-O'Connor are graduate students in EE: Systems. Ramkrishnan Narayanan earned his MS in EE:Systems, and recently completed his PhD in biomedical engineering under Prof. Fessler and Prof. Meyer. Also collaborating in the research are Prof. James Balter, Radiation Oncology, and Prof. Charles Meyer and Dr. Bing Ma, Digital Image Processing Lab, Dept. of Radiology.

Prof. Fessler's research interests include medical imaging, tomography, nonparametric estimation, and inverse problems, with current projects in PET, SPECT, X-ray CT, MRI, radiation therapy, and image registration. He is interested both in developing algorithms for these problems, as well as analyzing and predicting the properties of these algorithms.


Related Topics:  Fessler, Jeffrey  

Feb 20, 2007
3 EECS Students Awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowships

Three EECS students were awarded the Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for the 2007-2008 academic year:

Francesco Andriulli (Electrical Engineering)
Aditya Mahajan (Electrical Engineering Systems)
Yuanyuan Tian (Computer Science & Engineering).

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.

Feb 19, 2007
Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya receives First Pioneer Award in Nanotechnology

Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya, Charles M. Vest Distinguished University Professor and James R. Mellor Professor of Engineering, is the co-winner (with Prof. Mark Reed of Yale University) of the first IEEE Nanotechnology Council (NTC) Pioneer Award in Nanotechnology.
[Read more...]

Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  

Feb 19, 2007
Prof. Jamie Phillips receives Young Faculty Award

Prof. Jamie Phillips, member of the Solid-State Electronics Laboratory, was awarded a prestigious DARPA Young Faculty Award from the Microsystems Technology Office, for his proposal titled "Oxide Electronics for Integrated Microsystems and Displays."
[Read more...]

Related Topics:  Phillips, Jamie D.  

Feb 13, 2007
Swapnajit Chakravarty wins Raith Micrograph Award

Swapnajit Chakravarty received the 2006 Raith Micrograph Award. His winning micrograph was of a metallic nano-air-bridge contact to an array of H2 photonic crystal (PC) microcavities. Swapnajit recently defended his PhD thesis in electrical engineering. [Read more...]

Feb 12, 2007
Prof. Sarabandi Receives Best Paper Award

Prof. Kamal Sarabandi received the Best Paper Award at the 25th Army Science Conference for the paper, "Reducing Antenna Visual Signature Using Meta-materials," by Kamal Sarabandi and George Palafox, U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center. His paper won in the area of Information Technology/Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (or C4ISR).

Abstract
The current as well as planned family of Army vehicles requires multiple antennas to meet the growing communications requirements and therefore exhibit a significantly large visual signature. Antenna size is dictated by frequency and the lower the frequency, the larger the antenna. At VHF and UHF frequencies, the primary military tactical communication bands, antennas have a significant visual signature. The visual signature exhibited by these antennas increases the vulnerability of the platforms. Low profile and conformal antenna technologies have a great potential to reduce or even eliminate antenna visual signatures thereby having a significant effect on vehicle survivability. In this paper, we propose a technique for significantly reducing the antenna visual signature. This technique involves printing the antenna on a Reactive Impedance Surface (RIS) permittivity substrate or Meta-Material. We have chosen the UHF Enhanced Position Location Radio System (EPRLS) AS-3449 antenna, a 1-meter whip structure as a baseline for this research. The proposed technique uses known patch antenna geometries as the antenna radiation elements with a substantially reduced signature while retaining the radiation characteristics of the EPLRS antenna. We present a computer model of the antenna with computer simulation results along with the antenna prototype with the experimental results.


Related Topics:  Antennas  Applied Electromagnetics  Metamaterials  Sarabandi, Kamal  

Feb 08, 2007
Sir John Pendry Lecture Available

If you missed Sir John Pendry's lecture, "The Perfect Lens: Resolution Beyond the Limits of Wavelength," you may listen to his talk and view his slides - click here.

Feb 05, 2007
Juan-Antonio Carballo Makes Top 40 Under 40

Juan-Antonio Carballo (PhD, EE), Strategy Executive, and Inventor, IBM Venture Capital Group Partner, heads the list for the Top 40 Under 40 list of Leaders in the Emerging Growth Technology Industry.

Feb 05, 2007
Mohammed Islam Receives First Distinguished University Innovator Award

Prof. Mohammed Islam has been selected to receive the 2007 Distinguished University Innovator Award for his development of a breakthrough technology, his experience with tech-transfer, and his commitment to educating students about entrepreneurship and intellectual property protection. He will present the lecture, "An Engineer's View of Start-Ups," March 21, 2007, 4pm, in Rackham Amphitheatre. [University Record] [Flyer]

Related Topics:  Islam, Mohammed  

Feb 02, 2007
Web developer

Company or Institution: Yield Software

Location: San Mateo, CA

Job Description:

Developers: Looking to Join an Excellent Startup-up in the Fastest Growing Space on the Internet? Are you smart, talented and motivated? Have you been working hard for a company that has little promise or future while companies like MySpace, Facebook, YouTube and Google revolutionize the Internet? Or, are you a student who is tired of sitting on the sidelines and anxious to get in the game while finishing up your degree? If any of these describe you, then you definitely want to talk to us!!

Google has built a market value of over $150 billion and in conjunction with Yahoo and Microsoft have dominated the web advertising space. Thousands of niche search engines and advertising networks have emerged focused on everything from mortgages to travel to real estate. There is a massive influx of marketing budgets out of traditional media (television, radio, print, direct mail, etc.) and onto the Internet. At the same time, Susquehana Financial Group forecasts that the online advertising market will more than quadruple over the next five years to reach $82 billion worldwide!!

While companies know how to build great products and services, they have no idea how to harness the rapidly evolving web advertising market to attract the best traffic and convert them into loyal customers. So far, the only solution in sight is to hire lots of very expensive, very hard-to-find search engine marketing and web advertising "experts" to manually and suboptimally allocate huge budgets.

Yield Software is a complete solution to automate and optimize web marketing, transforming it from a inefficient cost center to a competitive weapon. First, it attracts and drives the most valuable users to your web site. Then, it optimizes your site to convert those users into loyal customers, sales and ultimately profits. It does this by leveraging sophisticated algorithms, innovative techniques and state-of-the-art best practices to ensure you spend your web marketing budget in the most cost effective way possible.

Join us and you'll learn and practice highly valued Web 2.0 techniques while you help launch a product that will empower companies to capitalize on this enormous opportunity. We are seeking both full-time and part-time developers, we have flexible work schedules and we even offer work from home/school opportunities. Whatever your situation, if you are talented and interested, we want to talk to you!

Yield Software has been under development for almost a year and in the final development stages of its beta product. The CEO has a proven track record, including holding various executive positions at Siebel Systems where he launched their flagship product from inception and developed it into a $1B business. Other executive team members have held senior positions at some of Silicon Valley's most successful software companies; as well as degrees from Wharton Business School and engineering schools such as Berkeley and Michigan.

This is a unique opportunity to be part of a small, fun and ambitious company that is on the verge of great success! The ideal candidate is:
* Passionate about web application development and internet technologies.
* Experienced in building large-scale, hosted, user-friendly web applications.
* Up to speed on the latest web standards and productive with Java, JavaScript/AJAX, HTML and PHP.
* Familiar with Tomcat, search engine APIs (Google, Yahoo MSN) and search engine optimization.
* A hands-on developer with the ability to rapidly prototype and deliver production-quality product.
* Able to develop high-quality, visually appealing web designs and templates.
* Experienced with designing for user experience; hosted deployment; and reliability, availability, scalability, and performance (RASP).
* Highly organized and detail-oriented.

We are very interested in seeing your previous work, examples, projects and experiments. We are located in San Mateo, CA. Send your resume or a description of your qualifications to matt.malden@yieldsoftware.com.

Jan 31, 2007
British Corn Laws End

The British Corn Laws were abolished on this date in 1849.

Jan 24, 2007
Three EECS faculty receive NSF CAREER Awards

Assistant professors Domitilla Del Vecchio, Z. Morley Mao, and Petar Momcilovic have recently been awarded NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards. The CAREER award is NSF's most prestigious award in support of faculty in the early years of their career, and is intended to especially promote those teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education.
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Jan 17, 2007
Design Winners for EECS 413 Fall 2006 Final Project Presentations Announced

EECS undergrads Jonathan Brown, Francine Shammami, and John DeBusscher share a National Instruments sponsored prize of $1,000 for best design project in EECS 413 - Monolithic Amplifier Circuits: Intro to Mixed Signal Design. This course is an introduction to CMOS analog and mixed signal design and includes a major design project. With an enrollment of 40 students this course is popular with both undergrad and graduate students. This course is taught by Michael Flynn.

Thirteen groups presented their design projects in December. The designs fall into 4 categories: Temperature Sensor; Cherry Hooper Amplifier; Preamplifier; and Ethernet line driver. All designs are implemented in a commercial 0.25μm CMOS process and include complete layouts. Design was aided by a full suite of industrial-grade CAD tools from Cadence. The class selected the best project.

Brown, Shammami and DeBusscher designed a novel 1μW temperature sensor. The output of the device is an oscillation frequency that varies linearly with temperature. Key innovations in this work ensure very low power consumption and independence from power supply voltage. This innovative work could have applications ranging from RFID tagging of food shipments to monitoring temperature in high performance microprocessors.

Jan 16, 2007
Three Faculty Earn 2007 EECS Outstanding Achievement Award

Congratulations to the following three EECS faculty members who are being recognized for their contributions to the Department with an EECS Outstanding Achievement Award:

Jim Freudenberg, Systems Laboratory
Brian Noble, Software Systems Laboratory
Jamie Phillips, Solid-State Electronics Laboratory

They will receive their awards at the annual Faculty Recognition Dinner on February 10th at the Michigan League.

Jan 16, 2007
Sir John Pendry Brings us the Perfect Lens

Sir John Pendry, chair in Theoretical Solid State Physics at Imperial College, London, will deliver the 8th William Gould Dow Distinguished Lecture, Feburary 6, 2006, 4:30pm at Chesebrough Auditorium in the Chrysler Center.
A Reception Will Follow the Lecture
[additional information]
[lecture flyer]

Jan 16, 2007
HKN Receives the Outstanding Chapter Award for 2005-06

The Beta Epsilon chapter of Eta Kappa Nu, which is U-M's student chapter of the national Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society, is a recipient of the Outstanding Chapter Award for 2005-06, the second year in a row it earned this prestigious honor. [read more]

Jan 16, 2007
Students Display Class Projects at Design Exposition

David Liu and Adam Schrems display their senior-level project, SensorNet, a system to wirelessly monitor and control a home, at the Fall 2006 College of Engineering Design Exposition. [read more]

 



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