Tag: Electrical Engineering

Alumni to Share Insights at Entrepreneurship and Technology Symposium Thursday

Former Intel executive Dave House ’65 will moderate the Entrepreneurship and Technology Symposium, set for 4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 30, in the M&M U115. All members of the University community are invited to ask questions and listen to the insights of a stellar panel made up largely of Michigan Tech alumni.

The panelists include eight entrepreneurs and technology leaders from health care, software, clean technology and solar energy. They will share their thoughts on the direction of technology and how Michigan Tech can leverage its talent and capabilities to capitalize on those trends through research and technology transfer.

Included in the panel is Shankar Mukherjee, an alumnus of the Graduate School.  Below is a brief biography:

Shankar Mukherjee ’86 is president and CEO of Dhaani Systems Inc. of Cupertino, Calif., which he founded in 2008 to produce energy-saving technologies for electronic systems. In 2000, he founded TeraBlaze, a company that provided switch fabric subsystems, and sold it four years later to Agere Systems. Previously, Mukherjee was an engineer and project leader with National Semiconductor and the vice president for engineering of LAN at Enable Semiconductor, a company that was acquired by Lucent.

For more information on the event, visit Tech Today.


Facebook Fellowship Program

Every day Facebook confronts the most complex technical problems and we believe that close relationships with the academy will enable us to address many of these problems at a fundamental level and solve them. As part of our ongoing commitment to academic relations, we are pleased to announce the creation of the Facebook Fellowship program to support graduate students in the 2010-2011 school year.

We are interested in a wide range of academic topics, including the following topical areas:

  • Internet Economics: auction theory and algorithmic game theory relevant to online advertising auctions.
  • Cloud Computing: storage, databases, and optimization for computing in a massively distributed environment.
  • Social Computing: models, algorithms and systems around social networks, social media, social search and collaborative environments.
  • Data Mining and Machine Learning: learning algorithms, feature generation, and evaluation methods to produce effective online and offline models of behavioral signals.
  • Systems: hardware, operating system, runtime, and language support for fast, scalable, efficient data centers.
  • Information Retrieval: search algorithms, information extraction, question answering, cross-lingual retrieval and multimedia retrieval

Eligibility Criteria

  • Full-time Ph.D. students in topical areas represented by these fellowships who are currently involved in on-going research.
  • Students must be studying Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, System Architecture, or a related area.
  • Students must be enrolled during the academic year that the Fellowship is awarded.
  • Students must be nominated by a faculty member.

Deadline Feb. 15th 2011

To view the 2011 announcement please visit COS.


IEEE Presidents’ Change the World Competition

Presidents’ Change the World Competition

The IEEE Presidents’ Change the World Competition recognizes and rewards students who identify a real-world problem and apply engineering, science, computing, and leadership skills to solve it. The contest offers students the perfect opportunity to have their ingenuity and enthusiasm for engineering and technology recognized by prestigious IEEE members around the globe.

Participants may compete as an individual or as a team.

Individuals: Individuals who compete must be IEEE Student Members [who are at least 18 years of age].

Teams: Teams must include an IEEE Student Member in a lead role, but may include non-members. [All team members must be at least 18 years of age.]  Teammates do not need to be from the same country or region. However, an entry may be submitted to only one region for judging.

Individuals or team members must be IEEE student members at the time their entry is submitted.

The students must play the primary role in the problem-solving; however, they may receive technical and financial assistance from others.

Please note that the intent and spirit of the competition is for the students, not others, to solve a problem. Persons acting as team mentors or in a mentorship role must limit the level of support provided to general guidance and must not contribute in any other form that might be considered original authorship, or in any way that may enable claims of rights or ownership to the submitted entries. In no case will work-on-behalf of teams or individuals be allowed.

Entries must be submitted using the form housed on the competition Web site at ieeechangetheworld.org.  Requirements include the following:

  • Project title
  • Description
  • Solution
  • Impact on humanity or community
  • Project testing/implementation status
  • Primary leader name and contact information, including:
  • First name
  • Last name
  • University
  • Home address
  • City
  • State
  • Country
  • Zip
  • Phone
  • Email


First In Series of Federal Funding Workshops – Sept 15th and 16th.

A federal fellowship/scholarship writing workshop will be held on Wednesday, September 15th  and Thursday, September 16th at 4:00 in Fisher 135.

You will only need to attend one of the workshops, as they are the same workshop, different days and time.

During the workshop we will review 3 samples of NSF GRFP personal statement essays. Tips will be given on how to organize your essay, utilize wording, and meet the merit criteria expected by reviewers

Prepare for the workshop by:

1. Understanding how NSF defines “broader impacts”

2. Brainstorming answers to NSF “personal statement” questions


    If you (or someone you know) plan on attending, please RSVP to Jodi Lehman (jglehman@mtu.edu).


    New Theses and Dissertations Available

    The Graduate School is pleased to announce new theses and dissertations are now available in the J.R. van Pelt and Opie Library from the following programs:

    • Applied Ecology
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
    • Rhetoric and Technical Communication


    New Theses and Dissertations Available in the Library

    The Graduate School is pleased to announce new theses and dissertations from the following programs:

    • Civil Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Environmental Policy
    • Forest Ecology and Management
    • Forest Science
    • Industrial Archaeology
    • Mathematical Sciences
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

    are now available in the J.R. van Pelt and Opie Library.


    New theses and dissertations in Library

    The Graduate School is pleased to announce new theses and dissertations from the following programs:

    • Applied Ecology
    • Applied Natural Resource Economics
    • Biological Sciences
    • Chemistry
    • Civil Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology
    • Geology
    • Mineral Economics
    • Rhetoric and Technical Communication

    are now available in the J.R. van Pelt and Opie Library.


    Electrical Engineering Graduate Students Earn Silver Award

    Associate Professor Chunxiao Chigan, electrical and computer engineering, had two of her PhD students, Congyi Liu and Zhengming Li, win the 2010 ITS-Michigan (Intelligent Transportation Society) Student Paper Silver Award .

    Liu’s paper is “Reliable Structure-less Message Aggregation and Robust Dissemination in VANETs,” and Li’s paper is “On Resource-Aware Message Verification and Privacy Issues in VANETs.” Liu and Li presented their papers at the ITS-MI Annual Program May 13 in Dearborn.

    Published in Tech Today


    PCA Inducts New Members and Honor Students

    On Friday, April 16, nine alumnae were inducted into the Presidential Council of Alumnae (PCA). In addition to the nine new inductees, 30 PCA members were also on campus for their annual business meeting April 14-16.

    The PCA advises the President on campus climate issues, provides suggestions for enhancing the University’s environment for students, and assists the President by identifying programs and activities that will benefit Michigan Tech. PCA works with the Office of Institutional Diversity, the Advancement area and the academic departments to help implement their ideas and support the University’s strategic plan.

    The inductees are as follows:

    • Nancy A. Auer (Arnold), Biological Sciences, ’95 (PhD Alumna Graduate)
    • Ellen M. Bauman (Barrett), Electrical Engineering, ’90 and ’93 (MS Alumna Graduate)
    • Elzbieta G. Berak, Civil Engineering, ’81, Engineering Mechanics, ’85 (PhD Alumna Graduate)
    • Michelle-Anne Christensen (Irmen), Geological Engineering, ’84, Civil Engineering, ’86
    • Kathleen Haselmaier (Calder), Computer Science, ’84
    • Wendy L. Kram (Davidson), Mechanical Engineering, ’91
    • Catherine A. Leslie (Kuchta), Civil Engineering, ’83
    • Barbara K. Lograsso (Kiiskila), Metallurgical Engineering, ’80 and ’82, Metallurgical and Materials Science, ’91 (MS, PhD Alumna Graduate)
    • Erin A. Zimmer (Atwell), Chemistry, ’98

    Another component of the PCA program includes the annual Women of Promise awards. This award recognizes current female students from each academic department who go above and beyond what is expected of them in terms of being a well-rounded student. The award goes to students who have demonstrated academic achievement, campus and community leadership, good citizenship, creativity and other characteristics of high-achieving individuals.

    The honorees are as follows:

    • Anne E. Aho, Social Sciences
    • Ashley N. Benjamin, School of Technology
    • Kaitlyn J. Bunker, Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • Danae N. Danen, Mathematical Sciences
    • Heather L. Dickey, Computer Science
    • Andrea Dixon, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
    • Roxane Gay, Humanities (PhD Alumna Candidate)
    • Krista M. Kasuboski, Exercise Science, Health and Physical Education
    • Chelsea R. Leighton, Visual and Performing Arts
    • Britta C. Lundberg, Material Science and Engineering
    • Amanda L. Malburg, Civil Engineering
    • Jaclyn E. Nesbitt, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics (MS Alumna Graduate,  PhD Candidate)
    • Annie L. Putman, Chemistry
    • Leslie M. Sabbann, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics (undergraduate)
    • Erin M. Scanlon, Physics
    • Alison J. Springer-Wilson, Chemical Engineering
    • Danielle M. Stoll, Biomedical Engineering
    • Anna A. Uhl, Biological Sciences
    • Donieka R. Walker, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
    • Katherine R. Waring, Environmental Engineering
    • Jill C. Witt, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science (PhD Alumna Candidate)
    • Katie L. Wysocky, School of Business and Economics

    Published in Tech Today


    Online Power Engineering MS Marks 10th Anniversary

    A decade ago, Cooper Power asked Michigan Tech to provide its engineers with additional distance-learning training in power engineering. Since then, the electrical and computer engineering faculty have developed a full-fledged online MS in Electrical Engineering that focuses on power systems, as well as two certificate programs.

    Dozens of students, both on and off campus, are now enrolled, and many more have graduated. The program’s strength reflects a renewed awareness of the importance of electrical power, says Professor Bruce Mork, director of Michigan Tech’s Power and Energy Research Center.

    “Energy has become a national security issue,” he says. “It’s more important than ever to have infrastructure that is robust and reliable.”

    The full release is available at the Michigan Tech News site.