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July 27, 2022
Five faculty members named Distinguished University ProfessorsKamal Sarabandi is now the Fawwaz T. Ulaby Distinguished University Professor of EECS, honoring his former doctoral advisor and long-time colleague.
Kamal Sarabandi named Fawwaz T. Ulaby Distinguished University Professor of EECSProf. Sarabandi has distinguished himself as an educator, researcher, and inventor with wide-ranging impact
2022 IEEE APS R. W. P. King Award recognizes new theory in computational electromagneticsPatel and Michielssen developed the Wigner-Smith time delay matrix for electromagnetics.
Duncan Madden receives NDSEG Fellowship for research that could revolutionize communication and radar systemsMadden works to enable full-duplex communication systems, which could double the usable bandwidth or data rate.
Anthony Grbic receives David E. Liddle Research Excellence AwardGrbic is a world leader in the development of metamaterials and metasurfaces, and his pioneering work has led to ultra-thin electromagnetic devices with revolutionary capabilities.
Cody Scarborough wins Best Student Paper Award at Metamaterials 2021PhD student Scarborough was recognized for his work developing a more efficient method to convert signals to higher frequencies, benefiting applications that require very low power and low noise.
Three members of ECE will represent U-M at the 2021 Rising Stars in EECS WorkshopPhD students Sijia Geng, Bahareh Hadidian, and Nasimeh Heydaribeni will participate in the intensive workshop that brings together outstanding women and gender minorities interested in pursuing academic careers in EECS.
Fawwaz Ulaby retires after nearly four decades of championing students and excelling at research and leadershipStudents say Ulaby, a member of the National Academy of Engineering and recipient of the Edison Medal, is one of the best professors – and people – they’ve ever known.
June 29, 2021
World leading engineers shortlisted for £350,000 research prizeProf. Anthony Grbic has been shortlisted as a nominee for the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) prestigious A F Harvey Engineering Research Prize in recognition of an outstanding achievement in radar and microwave engineering.
Cody Scarborough wins Best Student Paper Award for contributions to Metamaterials research
Scarborough was recognized by the European Conference on Antennas and Propagation for developing a superior method to model and simulate traveling-wave modulation along two dimensions in metamaterials.
Setting the nation’s engineering research agenda
Michigan Engineers involved in NSF Engineering Research Visioning Alliance, a force multiplier for high-impact research.
James Gruber receives NDSEG Fellowship to advance research in high-power THz devices
Gruber’s research is expected to further the practicality of integrated circuits for high-speed, high-power applications.
Menglou Rao awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to support research in antennas for compact systems and EM radiation detection from biofilms
Rao’s research in miniaturized antennas is applicable to VHF band and 5G applications
Dr. Jim and Judith Seydel’s gifts to ECE support students while honoring those who empowered his career
Seydel shares his memories of the early days of holography at U-M and how former ECE Chair Hansford W. Farris, as well as professors Thomas Senior and Emmet Leith, helped shape his career.
Raytheon’s Dr. Katherine Herrick is the 2020 ECE Alumni Merit Award winner
Herrick is Senior Fellow and Director of Advanced Enabling Technology at Raytheon Company and serves on the ECE advisory council.
Prof. Jian-Ming Jin awarded ECE’s Distinguished Educator Award for his excellence in electromagnetics education
Jin, a chair professor of ECE at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, describes his time at Michigan, and his career as an educator.
Kamal Sarabandi and Lutgarde Raskin elected to National Academy of Engineering
ECE faculty member Sarabandi was recognized for his contributions to the science and technology of radar remote sensing.
Kaleo Roberts receives scholarship from the American Indian Science and Engineering Society
Roberts works to improve remote sensing of soil moisture, which is important for environmental conservation, natural resource management, and agriculture.
Cody Scarborough wins Exceptional Student Contributions Award at Metamaterials 2020
PhD student Cody Scarborough was recognized for his work advancing the understanding and study of electromagnetic waves.
Eric Michielssen named Associate Dean for ResearchEric Michielssen, the Louise Ganiard Johnson Professor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been named the next Associate Dean for Research for the College of Engineering.
Eric Michielssen receives ACES Computational Electromagnetics AwardThis award recognizes major contributions in the field of computational electromagnetics.
Eric Michielssen receives IEEE AP-S Field Award in Computational ElectromagneticsMichielssen is a leader in the field of Computational Electromagnetics and its application to real-world problems
Improving cancer and disease treatments by understanding electromagnetic communication among biological cells
Prof. Kamal Sarabandi and ECE PhD student Navid Barani won a best paper award for their research on how biological cells may use electromagnetic signal transmission to communicate.
Six ECE graduate students recognized by NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Six ECE graduate students were selected for their outstanding research work in a variety of disciplines.
Zhanni Wu awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship
Wu is working on advanced metasurfaces, which could help next-generation wireless communication, commercial and military radar systems, imaging, and antenna systems.
Leland Pierce honored as outstanding student organization advisor
The College of Engineering recognized Pierce with the Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award for his support and commitment to the U-M student chapter of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society.
Tianlin Wang recognized with Towner Prize and Distinguished Leadership Award
The College of Engineering honors ECE PhD candidate Tianlin Wang for his excellent research in remote sensing as well as his leadership and service to the community.
Brian Raeker recognized as an outstanding GSI
ECE PhD student Brian Raeker was awarded a Towner Prize for Outstanding Engineering GSIs.
Building CubeSats to test electrodynamic tethering in space with MiTEEMi-TEE (Miniature Tether Electrodynamics Experiment) is a University of Engineering project directed by Prof. Brian Gilchrist that aims to test the tethering technology in space.
Kamal Sarabandi named Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors
Sarabandi is an internationally-renowned researcher in the areas of applied electromagnetics and remote sensing.
Wireless Communication Under the Sea
U-M researchers have created a new means of enabling reliable wireless underwater communication, which could aid military, environmental, and conservation purposes.
Two members of ECE will represent U-M at the 2019 Rising Stars in EECS Workshop
The intensive workshop brings together outstanding women who are graduate students or postdocs interested in pursuing academic careers in electrical engineering and computer science.
Prof. Kamal Sarabandi welcomes Emperor and Empress of Japan at IGARSS 2019
Predicting future disasters is an important goal of those participating in the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium
Beyond Apollo 11: U-M ECE’s role in advancing space exploration
For the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, U-M ECE takes a look back – and a look forward – to how our professors, students, and alums have made their mark on the field.
Six teams of ECE researchers make the finals at AP-S/URSI 2019
Second Prize overall went to doctoral student Xiuzhang Cai for his radar target classification research applicable to autonomous vehicles.
Counting snowflakes for better water resource management
Mostafa Zaky has built an award-winning model that helps estimate the amount of water stored in snowpacks, which could improve climate change and flood forecasting, as well as overall water resource management.
Huanting Huang improves accuracy of remote sensing
Huang won the Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Computational Electromagnetics for her work developing better electromagnetic models that calculate microwave interactions with tree and vegetation cover.
Milad Zolfagharloo Koohi receives IEEE MTT-S Fellowship to advance 5G communications
EECS-ECE PhD student Milad Zolfagharloo Koohi is working to make smartphones faster and smaller through his research in the field of RF devices.
Unravelling the mysteries of bacterial communication
EECS-ECE PhD student Navid Barani received the IEEE APS Doctoral Research Award for his work modeling how bacteria use electromagnetic waves to communicate, which could lead to medical breakthroughs.
Time-varying metamaterials for next generation communication, sensing, and defense systems
With $7.5M MURI grant, Professor Anthony Grbic is developing metamaterials for a new generation of integrated electromagnetic and photonic systems.
Transformative approach to 5G funded by new Innovator program
Nine technologies competed for $75k in the ECE Innovator Program, which emphasizes a team approach to entrepreneurial success.
U-M researchers develop small device that bends light to generate new radiation
This device, the size of a match head, can bend light inside a crystal to generate synchrotron radiation in a lab.
Prof. Anthony Grbic receives U-M Faculty Recognition Award
Grbic is a world leader in the development of metamaterials and metasurfaces.
Alumna Rhonda Franklin honored for her accomplishments with the Willie Hobbs Moore Award
From blowing up microwaves to inspiring a new generation of microwave engineers, Professor Franklin shares her research, insights, and thoughts on the future of women in engineering.
Art, economics, and engineering in Finland
Prof. Kamal Sarabandi reviews a University focused on collaboration
Solving impossible equations
Eric Michielssen has discovered a new way to rapidly analyze electromagnetic phenomena, and it’s catching on.
Huanting Huang and the mathematical shape of trees
An award-winning modeling method will help us better understand our natural environment
SMAP Update: A mission to manage water globally
The satellite mission to collect global data of surface soil moisture can help weather forecasting around the world.
Marlin P. Ristenbatt: In Memoriam
His research included transportation systems, digital communications, position location, and microwave and fiber optics.
Professor Leung Tsang Receives 2018 Van de Hulst AwardProf. Tsang is a world-renowned expert in the field of theoretical and computational electromagnetics, and in particular microwave remote sensing of the earth.
COMBAT team receives Ted Kennedy Family Faculty Team Excellence Award
The group brought together experts in radar and remote sensing, integrated circuits, imaging, navigation, power, communications, and nano-fabrication.
Prof. Amir Mortazawi introduces robust wireless power transfer
Compared to conventional methods of wireless power, which require a specific distance and alignment, Prof. Mortazawi’s version operates over a range of distances and orientations without a drop in power.
PhD candidate Michael Benson wins another year leading honor society HKN
Michael Benson reelected as student governor for HKN, the national honor society for electrical and computer engineers.
Thomas B. A. Senior (1928 – 2017): In Memoriam
Thomas B. A. Senior, professor emeritus of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, passed away peacefully November 24, 2017, at the age of 89.
The million foot view
Kamal Sarabandi has expanded radar capabilities in applications ranging from low earth orbit to thousands of feet underground.
IGARSS Interactive Symposium Paper Award for modeling the world’s forests
The paper outlines a better way to quantify forest structure, which has been successful in two tree species.
Lifelong Radiation Lab researcher Valdis Liepa retires
Dr. Valdis Liepa retires after nearly 50 years as a faculty member in the Radiation Laboratory.
Thomas B. A. Senior named fellow of International Union of Radio Science
Professor Senior has played key roles in URSI over the past 50 years
Behzad Yektakhah earns paper award for research in seeing through walls
Yektakhah’s system improves on the speed, portability, and accuracy of many commercial models
Tony England receives Susan B. Anthony Campus Award
Dean England of U-M Dearborn has been particularly good in helping women faculty and students achieve success.
A Q&A with Rhonda Franklin – connecting diverse students
Franklin believes the best research results are achieved from a diversity of backgrounds, something she learned as a graduate student at Michigan and fosters in her own research group at Minnesota.
Kamal Sarabandi elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
The AAAS seeks to advance science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people.
Nader Behdad Receives the Inaugural ECE Rising Star Alumni Award for his Transformative Research in Antennas
Behdad has tackled some of the toughest problems in antenna research. But for his applications, they need to be very small – small enough to be used to treat cancer.
An award winning radar system for collision avoidance and imaging
Armin’s research is focused on the development of a sub-millimeter-wave radar system for the next generation of navigation and imaging sensors.
A new way to test low-frequency antennas for long-range communication
Choi has developed a new technique for testing these antennas based on very-near-field measurements and a newly-developed, high-precision formula to compute the antenna’s radiation fields.
A new, low-cost way to monitor snow and ice thickness to evaluate environmental change
Mohammad has developed a new way to remotely measure the thickness of ice and snow with a technology he calls wideband autocorrelation radiometry (WiBAR).
Professors Fawwaz Ulaby and Andrew Yagle publish the 2nd edition of the textbook, Engineering Signals and Systems in Continuous and Discrete Time
This edition includes two additional chapters, new concepts throughout the book, and additional problem sets.
The Radlab: People in Service to SocietyU-M’s Radlab is known worldwide for their contributions to Applied Electromagnetics.
Amr Ibrahim earns Rackham Pre-Doctoral Fellowship for research in high millimeter wave radar systems
Amr is investigating both the unique advantages and the performance limitations of radar systems operating at 240 GHz in typical outdoor environments.
Kamal Sarabandi receives Stephen S. Attwood award
The Stephen S. Attwood award is the highest honor awarded to a faculty member by the College of Engineering. Prof. Sarabandi has shaped the field of radar remote sensing for more than twenty years.
Prof. Anthony Grbic elected IEEE Fellow for contributions to the theory and design of electromagnetic metamaterials
Prof. Grbic specializes in the broad fields of electromagnetics and optics, with interests ranging from fundamental electromagnetic theory to microwave circuits.
Eric Michielssen named Louise Ganiard Johnson Professor of Engineering
Eric is an international leader in the field of computational electromagnetics and specializes in the development of fast-solution methods and optimization algorithms.
New Michigan-Saudi Arabia collaboration promises exciting new research – beginning with the auto industry
KACST will provide manpower and will collaborate with Michigan faculty and students on their projects.
ECE alumni connections at IMS2015
Along with alumni, there were current and former faculty members, current students, friends, and colleagues, including several program managers, in attendance.
Iverson Bell – Researching the future of space satellites
Mr. Bell is investigating the potential of electrodynamic tether propulsion technology to enhance the capabilities of an emerging class of smartphone-sized satellites.
‘Space tethers’ can be used to fling spacecraft into interplanetary space
The tether could be used to deorbit out-of-use spacecraft, push spacecraft from low Earth orbit into higher orbits, or even push spacecraft out of Earth’s orbit altogether.
Mark Kushner awarded 2015 IEEE NPSS Charles K. Birdsall Award
Prof. Kushner is an internationally renowned expert in the area of low-temperature plasma simulation.
Researchers build groundbreaking device for NASA SMAP mission
The SMAP mission is NASA’s most ambitious sensing project yet for measuring global soil moisture levels.
Iverson Bell’s small satellite wins big
Iverson developed an experimental facility to simulate key characteristics of the space environment.
Jiangfeng Wu receives Best Paper Award for research in safe fracking
The Mikio Takagi Student Prize is given to the top three Student Prize Paper Awards granted at the IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium.
Dipak Sengupta (1931-2014): In memoriam
Faculty and staff alike will miss his cheerful and gentle presence.
Eric Michielssen receives IEEE APS Chen-To Tai Distinguished Educator Award
This award is in recognition of being an outstanding educator, mentor and role model for the next generation of faculty members.
New algorithms and theory for shining light through non-transparent media
Their technique utilizes backscatter analysis to construct “perfectly transmitting” wavefronts.
Kamal Sarabandi honored with 2013 IEEE GRSS Education Award
Sarabandi’s lectures and presentations are known for being extremely clear and reflecting the highest research standards.
Chris Berry receives Paper Award at IMS 2013 for Research in Terahertz Technology
Berry’s paper addresses important limitations such as low output power and poor power efficiency.
Andrew DeOrio and Fawwaz Ulaby voted HKN Professors of the Year
Starting this year, an award will be presented to a faculty member from each division – both CS and ECE.
Prof. Fawwaz Ulaby named the U-M Henry Russel Lecturer for 2014
The Henry Russel Lectureship is considered the University’s highest honor for a senior faculty member.
After Newtown: A new use for a weapons-detecting radar?
The technology could potentially identify a hidden weapon from a distance in less than a second.
NAE awards Mona Jarrahi a Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering Grant
With the support of the Grainger Foundation, Jarrahi will explore genetic therapy methods to treat diseases.
Mark Kushner appointed to advisory board for DoE National Lab
PPPL is a U.S. Department of Energy funded research center established for collaborative work in fusion energy research.
Chris Berry awarded 2012 AP-S Doctoral Research Award
The award will support Berry’s doctoral research in the area of plasmonic photoconductive antennas for high power terahertz generation.
Student Research: Amit Patel earns prize in IEEE AP-S Student Paper Competition for antenna research
The method can be useful in the design of low-profile antennas integrated into body panels of vehicles.
Shang-Hua Yang receives SPIE Scholarship in Optics & Photonics
Yang’s research is focused on designing plasmonic nano-structures to enhance efficiency of conventional photoconductive terahertz emitters.
Chris Berry awarded 2012 Michigan Space Grant Consortium Fellowship
The proposed emitter incorporates plasmonic photoconductors to more efficiently convert power from incident laser light into terahertz radiation.
Research Spotlight: 3-D electrical force fields manipulate microscale particles
The primary advance shown in this research as compared to earlier work is the successful use of a 3-D potential force field.
Prof. Fawwaz Ulaby Receives the IEEE James H. Mulligan Education MedalThe award recognizes Ulaby’s contributions to undergraduate and graduate engineering education through innovative textbooks, dedicated mentoring of students, and inspirational teaching.
David D. Chen awarded NSERC Fellowship for Earth Remote Sensing
The bulk of Chen’s current research centers on the detection and mitigation of radio frequency interference with microwave radiometers.
A smarter way to make ultraviolet light beams
The researchers have optimized an optical resonator to take an infrared signal from relatively cheap telecommunication-compatible lasers and boost it to an ultraviolet beam.
Fikadu Dagefu receives 2011 Lincoln Lab Fellowship
The applications Dagefu’s research include wireless channel characterization, radar through-wall imaging, and distributed sensor networks.
Xueyang Duan receives first prize for research in soil moisture sensing
Duan’s research has important applications in global climate change studies and weather forecasting.
Safer medical imaging with microwaves
The goal of the research is to develop an alternative method to x-ray imaging that is safer and uses nothing stronger than radio frequency waves.
Chris Berry awarded Michigan Space Grant Consortium Fellowship
Berry is designing an emitter to operate as a light-weight, local oscillator for a terahertz spectroscopy system suitable for use in space.
Prof. Anthony Grbic receives USNC/URSI Booker Fellowship
Gbric’s research program spans basic science and advanced technology development, with applications in antenna design and metamaterials.
Prof. Mahta Moghaddam honored with U-M Faculty Recognition Award
This award recognizes faculty who have demonstrated significant achievements in scholarly research; excellence as a teacher, advisor and mentor; and distinguished participation in service activities.
Mona Jarrahi receives NSF CAREER Award
In her research Jarrahi will investigate, for the first time, the use of Ge as a promising candidate to tackle the thermal breakdown problem of photomixers.
Jungsuek Oh, EE Grad Student, awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship
Oh’s research focuses on designing highly miniaturized planar antennas with vertical polarization and high radiation efficiency.
Mark Kushner elected to the National Academy of Engineering
Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.
Jackie Vitaz receives Top Prize at USNC/URSI
Mark Kushner awarded the AVS Medard W. Welch Award
Kushner was recognized “for contributions to modeling and understanding of plasmas, especially those used in thin film etching, deposition and surface modification.”
Kamal Sarabandi honored with 2011 IEEE Judith A. Resnik Award
Sarabandi’s research encompasses a range of topics in the area of applied electromagnetics, and has been principal investigator on NASA projects related to remote sensing.
Soil moisture study aims for climate change insights
Moghaddam will oversee the design and fabrication of the AirMOSS instrument, a high-powered, low-frequency radar that NASA/JPL collaborators will build for the project.
Ruzbeh Akbar receives NASA Fellowship for SMAP Mission Research
SMAP is a satellite mission for mapping surface soil moisture and freeze/thaw states for the purpose of scientific advances and societal benefits.
Prof. Anthony Grbic honored with Henry Russel Award
Professor Grbic is a world-class researcher in the field of electromagnetics and microwave circuits, and has won numerous awards for his work. Congratulations!
Amit Patel Awarded SMART Fellowship
The Fellowship will support Patel’s research on the theory and development of textured electromagnetic surfaces.
Prof. Mona Jarrahi awarded a DARPA Young Faculty Award
The award acknowledges Jarrahi’s efforts to develop a new generation of compact high power terahertz sources.
Kamal Sarabandi Receives Distinguished Faculty Achievement AwardHe is honored for his excellence in research, mentorship, and contributions to professional organizations.
EECS faculty and alumni awarded Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
The Awards recognize some of the finest scientists and engineers who, while early in their research careers, show exceptional potential for leadership.
Tony Grbic awarded Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
The PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers.
Prof. Thomas B. A. Senior Receives the 2010 IEEE Electromagnetics AwardThe award is based on outstanding contributions to electromagnetics in theory, application or education.
Mark Kushner to head new $10M DoE plasma research center
The research that will be conducted at the center could lead to more efficient solar cells, finer-featured microchips and new medical tools.
Mark Kushner awarded 2010 APS Will Allis Prize
Kushner’s research area is low temperature plasmas, and their fundamental properties and technological applications.
Tony Grbic awarded Presidential Early Career Award
The PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers.
Tom Senior receives the 2010 IEEE Electromagnetics Award
Senior has made contributions to electromagnetic and acoustic scattering and to the development of analytic and numerical techniques.
Michael Thiel earns first place in SEMCAD X Student Research Award
Thiel’s detection method allows the analysis of human backscattering within a realistic building environment.
Michael Benson receives NASA Fellowship
For his research, Benson plans to utilize SAR in order to estimate variable vegetated parameters and monitor the planet’s crustal movement.
Luis Gomez receives 2009 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to investigate a new treatment for neurological disorders
Gomez is investigating a new technique that is receiving widespread attention for treating depression, Alzheimer’s, and other brain conditions.
Scott Rudolph awarded prestigious IEEE MTT-S Graduate Fellowship
The program recognizes graduate students who show promise in pursuing a degree in microwave engineering — only six fellowships are awarded worldwide.
Carl Pfeiffer receives 2009 IEEE MTTS Undergraduate/Pre-Graduate Scholarship
The scholarship is designed to encourage future leaders and key technical contributors.
Professor Mark J. Kushner named the George I. Haddad Professor of Engineering
Professor Kamal Sarabandi appointed the Rufus S. Teesdale Professor of Engineering
This professorship recognizes all the excellent work Sarabandi does on applied electromagnetics, in the classroom, and for the department.
Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya To Receive 2008 John Bardeen AwardThe Bardeen Award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions and is a leader in the field of electronic materials.
Yuriy Goykhman receives MIT Lincoln Lab Fellowship
The MIT Lincoln Laboratory is a federal research and development center chartered to apply advanced technology to national security.
Professor Fawwaz T. Ulaby Named Founding Provost of KAUSTKAUST is a new world-class, graduate-level scientific research university now under development in Saudi Arabia, and scheduled to open its doors in September, 2009.
Tony Grbic receives NSF CAREER Award to advance metamaterialsGrbic was awarded the grant for his project: Advances in Metamaterial Structures and Devices
Kamal Sarabandi: Bridging the Divide of Fundamental Science and Technology
Kamal Sarabandi Receives Humboldt Research AwardThe Humboldt Research Award is a highly competitive award granted to scientists and scholars from all disciplines.
Tony Grbic Receives AFOSR Young Investigator AwardThis three-year grant will support research that is expected to open new opportunities in antenna design and microwave/millimeter-wave device development.
Tony England: From space to Earth and back
“All science and engineering is a physical experience,” said England. “It’s an adventure.”