Electrical and Computer
Engineering Department

About the Department


The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), which is responsible for administering the Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering programs, has about 325 students enrolled in the sophomore through senior years. Each year approximately 60 - 70 students graduate with a Bachelor's degree in EE/CE and about 20 students graduate with a master's degree in EE/CE. We are proud of our high retention rate which exceeds 60%. While most of the graduates go on to work in industry often in a design and development environment, a few pursue full-time graduate studies at regional and national universities.



News and Events


October 02, 2014 - ECE Grad Student To Present Cloud Security Research

The Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering is proud to announce that Nevrus Kaja will be presenting his research in Cloud Security at the 2015 Tapia Conference.

 

Kaja, a graduate student in the Computer Engineering program, has been working with faculty member Dr. Adnan Shaout on security solutions in cloud computing using hardware, rather than software, to ensure data security. Their research aims to address an urgent global issue in both the private and public sector.

 

The Hardware Advanced Encryption Standard (H-AES) "provides one of the fastest and most secure methods to receive, transmit and store data," Kaja said. "According to our results we are able to implement this solution 16 times faster than other software implementations and 51 times faster than other hardware implementations."

 

In 2013, Kaja presented his research on the E-Nose sensor at the International Symposium on Engineering and Natural Science in China. The main objective of E-Nose is to identify objects according to their smell, mimicking the human nose in robotic environments.

 

The Tapia Conference will be held in Boston, MA, Feb. 18-21, 2015. For more information see http://tapiaconference.org/.

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June 11, 2014 - 22nd Annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition

This past week, the Intelligent Systems Robotics Club was one of 31 groups competing in the 22nd annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition at Oakland University in Rochester, MI. Of those 31 groups, composed of teams from the US, India, Japan, Canada, Jordan, and Turkey, 21 passed the qualifying round, but only 6 made it past round one.

 

Team OHM 2.0 set the speed record during the preliminary phase of the race and finished with the fastest time overall, less than two minutes, in the Basic Autonav Challenge.

 

Team OHM 2.0 was also awarded second place, and $2,000 in prize money, in the signature event: the Autonomous Navigation Challenge.

 

Since 2002, the club has participated in a number of autonomous robotics competitions and has won over $20,000 in prize money.

 

 

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May 23, 2014 - Lecturer Mark Steffka Awarded by IEEE

Mark Steffka, Lecturer II, was awarded the IEEE Region 4 Jack Sherman Outstanding Member Award on May 16, 2014.

 

As described by IEEE , "'The Jack Sherman Outstanding Member' Award is designed to recognize members of Region 4 who through their professional and technical abilities have made outstanding and noteworthy contributions to the Institute, their communities, fellow professionals and fellow man. The award is not designed to recognize a single achievement, but rather collective contributions complemented by singular works exemplifying the objectives and attributes of IEEE." 

 

Mark Steffka received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1981, and a M.S. from Indiana Wesleyan University in 1987. He has almost 30 years of experience in the design and development of military, aerospace, and automotive electronics systems. He is currently with General Motors' Powertrain Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Group. He is a lecturer at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and adjunct professor at the University of Detroit-Mercy. He regularly teaches courses on EMC, antennas, and electronic communication systems at both universities.

 

Mark is the author and/or co-author of publications on EMC and Radio Frequency Interference (RFI). A paper presented at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Congress on "Engine Component Effects of Spark-Ignition Caused Radio Frequency Engineering (RFI)" was "Judged by SAE to be among the most outstanding SAE technical papers of 2007". He is an IEEE member and professional activities include serving as a technical session chair for SAE and IEEE conferences; Technical Program Co-Chair for the 2008 IEEE International Symposium on EMC; and has been an instructor in the symposium's "Global EMC University". Mark has been an invited speaker at IEEE and SAE conferences held in the United States and international locations. He is a member of the ARRL EMC Committee, and holds the amateur radio call sign WW8MS.

 

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May 21, 2014 - Meet the ECE Faculty (video)

We've recently begun interviewing ECE faculty members about their work and research within our department.

 

Meet Dr. Chris Mi, Professor and IEEE Fellow.

 

Meet Dr. N. Natarajan, Associate Professor and adviser to the Intelligent Systems Club. 

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March 18, 2014 - New Degree Offering in Robotics Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering within the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan - Dearborn is pleased to offer a new Bachelor of Science Engineering (BSE) degree program in Robotics Engineering (RE). The proposed program is designed to provide focused engineering education to students who are interested in this booming engineering field that promises to be the next growing frontier for engineers in decades to come.

 

The first generation of robotic applications comprised large stationary manipulators, such as industrial robot arms. Such robots performed tedious labor in assembly plants, often in environments toxic to humans. Now, at the dawn of the second generation, robots are becoming smaller, smarter, and most importantly, mobile. A stunning example of this trend is the development of autonomous vehicles that are able to drive in traffic in real world conditions.
In addition to commercial and military applications, widespread growth is anticipated in home, entertainment, and human assistance. In particular, the potential of robotics in health care is tremendous and may help reduce the looming costs of providing high quality medical care to an aging population.

 

The new BSE RE program is expected to appeal to high quality students. In addition, since the proposed program will be one of only a handful of such robotics programs in existence at the undergraduate level, we have the potential to appeal to students from a much larger geographical area than we normally do; for example, students in national, as well as international, markets. Hence, the proposed program offers excellent prospects to increase enrollment while serving the needs of the local community and industrial infrastructures in Southeast Michigan (SEM).

 

The interdisciplinary nature of robotics engineering will also help to provide a platform for faculty from diverse backgrounds (electrical, computer, mechanical, automotive, and robotics) to collaborate on cutting-edge research projects. The need for this type of technical and multidisciplinary workforce is critical for attracting and helping to grow industries in Southeastern Michigan. In fact, it is expected that BSE RE graduates will be prepared for a broad range of post-graduate experiences, including the development of startup companies in robotics engineering, to satisfy local, state, and national demand.

 

The BSE RE program is currently open for applications for Fall 2014.

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February 27, 2014 - 2014 Autonomous Snowplow Competition: A Dispatch from Dr. Natarajan

Three teams from the University of Michigan-Dearborn competed at the 2014 Autonomous Snowplow Competition held in St. Paul, MN on January 23-26 while battling bitter cold. Each team had designed a robotic snowplow that will, without any input from the user, clear a sidewalk and a driveway.

 

On day 1, the task was to clear a sidewalk and all the teams had serious difficulties with subzero temperatures. After buying two space heaters after the first day, the glow of the heaters and the warmth of the team spirit had two of the teams leading until the team from Ohio came from behind to take the first place. The teams placed second, third and fourth for a total prize money of $7,000.

 

Yeti 4.0, designed last year by a team of mechanical engineering students Mark Bajor, Mengxing Chen, Craig Cowing, Cody Schmitt, and Jacob Mack. Zach DeGeorge and Angelo Bertani improved the system for this year's competition, coming in second for a cash prize of $4,000. Zach could not make it to the competition. However, Angelo was assisted by Melissa Schwager a junior, Wesam Haddad a freshman, Abdul Aziz Abuzir also a freshman, all of which will be actively involved in the next year's competition.

 

Geili 3.0 used the platform from last year but was totally redesigned by a team of Chinese exchange students: Yasen Hu, Changlin Li, Binghong Fu, Yuan Ma, Mofei Liu, Xiangxue Zhao, Zexi Shen, and Songyan Liu. The team did very well and came in third for a cash prize of $2,000. For the members of the team, the event was one of their memorable moments as exchange students.

 

Zenith is a brand new platform. The Zenith team is made up of mostly freshmen and sophomores. Team members Kenneth Yesh, Ben Pollaz, Parham Moasessi, Eric Ingrody, Peter Staniak, Anthony DeBacker, Scott Zwally were at the competition and did exceptionally well for a rookie team coming in fourth for a cash prize of $1,000. This was a great learning experience for the students and we can look forward to more success from them considering most of them are just starting their engineering education.

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February 27, 2014 - ECE Department Chair Named IEEE Fellow

In January, Dr. Yi Lu Murphey, professor and chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, was named an IEEE Fellow. You can read more about her achievement here.

 

Also in January, Mark Steffka, LEO Lecturer II, was named an Associate Editor for the "IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Magazine." He was also recently awarded a United States Patent for "Vehicular Electrical Systems, Automotive Electrical Systems, and Automotive Propulsion Systems."

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November 01, 2013 - UM-Dearborn Developed Wireless Charging Technology Featured in Ann Arbor, WWJ

On Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, the wireless charging technology developed at UM-Dearborn was featured at the 13th Annual Celebrate Invention in Ann Arbor.

 

Dr. Chris Mi, a professor in Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was interviewed by WWJ, CBS Radio.

 

Interview 1.

 

Interview 2.

 

You can read more about Celebrate Invention at The University Record .

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September 26, 2013 - The Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) invites applications for two tenure-track faculty positions

The University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) invites applications for two tenure-track faculty positions, one in Computer Engineering, and another in Robotics Engineering. Qualified individuals seeking an Assistant Professorship are invited to apply but outstanding faculty at the Associate Professor and Professor levels will also be considered. The applicant for computer engineering should have research interests that fall within the areas of embedded systems and/or high performance computing. The applicant for robotic engineering should have research interests in key aspects of robotics with a strong background in mechanical principles, electromechanics, and intelligent robots. Selected candidates are expected to establish an excellent externally funded research program in their chosen area.

 

Qualified candidates must have, or expect to have, a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or a closely related discipline by the time of appointment and will be expected to do scholarly and sponsored research, as well as teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates at the associate or full professor ranks should already have an established funded research program. The ECE Department offers several BS and MS degrees, and participates in two interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs, Ph.D. in Automotive Systems Engineering and Ph.D. in Information Systems Engineering. The current funded research areas in the department include intelligent systems, power electronics, hybrid vehicles, battery management, computer networks, wireless communications, and embedded systems.

 

The University of Michigan-Dearborn (UM-Dearborn) is one of the three campuses of the University of Michigan. UM-Dearborn is a comprehensive university offering high quality undergraduate, graduate, professional and continuing education to residents of southeastern Michigan, and attracts more than 9,000 students. Faculty and students have the opportunity to collaborate across all three campuses in research and scholarly activity. UM-Dearborn is located ten miles west of Detroit and thirty-five miles east of Ann Arbor. The campus is strategically located on 200 suburban acres of the original Henry Ford Estate in the Greater Detroit Metropolitan region.


The University of Michigan-Dearborn, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of Michigan-Dearborn is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. Inquiries or complaints may be addressed Office of Institutional Equity, 4901 Evergreen Road, Suite 1020, Administrative Services Building, Dearborn, Michigan 48128-1491, (313) 593-5190. For other University of Michigan information call 734-764-1817.


Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae including e-mail address, teaching statement, research statement, and a list of thee to five referees. The complete application should be sent to, Dr. Yi Lu Murphey, Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Michigan-Dearborn, 4901 Evergreen Road, Dearborn, Michigan, 48128, or emailed to mphicks@umich.edu.

 

Phone: 313-593-5420, Fax: 313-583-6336


The University of Michigan-Dearborn is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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March 14, 2013 - Forensics Workshop - April 5, 2013

**Please note, this event has been rescheduled from March 29, 2013**

 

On Friday, April 5, 2013 Dr. Hafiz Malik will be hosting a Forensics Workshop from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in 201 ELB.

 

Hosted by IEEE, the event is open to anyone interested in learning the process
of manipulating hardware to discover digital data.

 

Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP.  RSVPs should be sent to  ieee@engin.umd.umich.edu.

 

To download the flyer, click here.

 

 

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March 04, 2013 - Student Developed Web App Takes First in Education

The winners of the Fall 2012 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Mobile Apps Challenge have been announced. ECE undergraduate student Cory Woolf took first place in the Education category for the second year in a row, and fifth overall, with his CourseFeeds app. CourseFeeds is an academic resource aggregation app compatible with all major web-browsers.


In the Fall 2011 challenge, Woolf and his partner Brandon King, a CIS major, won first place in the Education category for their WeStudy app. That app allowed students to easily schedule study groups and integrated mapping and e-mail connectivity.


Both the CourseFeeds and WeStudy apps were developed as part of the annual Summer Engineering Project hosted by the Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems, directed by IAVS Director Roger Shulze.


CourseFeeds launched in January and can be accessed at http://www.coursefeeds.com.  For a demo of the CourseFeeds app and other winners, visit http://mobileapps.umich.edu/content/winners-fall-2012-u-m-mobile-apps-challenge.

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March 04, 2013 - CECS Open House - April 11, 2013

 

Thursday, April 11, 2013
4:30 - 7:00 pm

 

Lobby, Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems (IAVS) Building
4901 Evergreen Road, Dearborn, MI

 

Get information about our Master's and Doctoral programs.


Offerings include:

 

Automotive Systems Engineering (Ph.D.)

Information Systems Engineering (Ph.D.)

Automotive Systems Engineering (MSE)

Computer and Information Science (MS)

Computer Engineering (MSE)

Dual MBA/Industrial and Systems Engineering (MSE)

Electrical Engineering (MSE)

Engineering Management (MS)

Energy Systems Engineering (MSE)

Industrial and Systems Engineering (MSE)

Information Systems and Technology (MS)

Manufacturing Systems Engineering (MSE)

Mechanical Engineering (MSE)

Program and Project Management (MS)

Software Engineering (MS)


Learn about the admissions process and financial aid.


For attending, we will waive the $60 application fee to a College of Engineering and Computer Science graduate program!


Questions about the event please contact Deidra Berry, Graduate Recruitment Coordinator, at (313)593-0897 or deeberry@umd.umich.edu

 

RVSP at http://www.umd.umich.edu/cecsopenhouse

 

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February 11, 2013 - Ford SYNC Infotainment

Mark your calendars!  HKN will be hosting a demonstration of the Ford SYNC on March 5, 2013 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in 198 ELB.

 

Ford SYNC is an in-vehicle system that allows users to make hands-free phone calls or control music through the use of voice commands. The system was developed by Ford and third-party developers, and runs on the Windows Embedded Automotive operating system designed by Microsoft. 

 

There will be a chance to learn more about Ford careers and submit your resumes.

 

For more information, please see this flyer .

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February 11, 2013 - HKN Informational Meetings This Week

HKN will be hosting two informational meetings this week. Invitees are encouraged to attend the seminar on Tuesday or Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. and learn about the benefits to joining, or e-mail hkn.umd@gmail.com for more info.

 

 Please see this flyer for details.

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February 04, 2013 - Team Yeti A Globe Winner for Second Year

Three teams from U of M-Dearborn took part in the 2013 ION Autonomous Snowplow Competition in St. Paul, MN January 24-27. Led by their advisor, Dr. Nattu Natarajan, the university's big winner was Team Yeti, which took a third place win and was awarded $3,000 and the Bronze Snow Globe Award. Team Geili came in fifth and won $700. Team Bang had serious problems with their plow in the first round of the competition and were unable to recover, ending the competition in eighth place.

 

 

Team Yeti used a brand new vehicle designed as part of their senior design project by Mark Bajor, Mengxing Chen, Craig Cowing, and Cody Schmitt and the software for the robot was developed by Angelo Bertani and Zach DeGeorge. Teams Geili and Bang used an existing platform designed by Alan Akroush. Team Geili consisted of Doris Kotori, Derek Langley, Wangsong Li, Shihe Liu, Xuanchen Liu, Ken Yesh, Mohan Zhou, Qi Zhou. Team Bang consisted of Jingwei Xiong, Qijie Xu, Junyao Wang, Jiaqi Ma, Qihao Deng, and Yang Xiong.

 

Each of UM-Dearborn's three teams was composed of students belonging to the Intelligent Systems Club. The ION snowplow competition began in 2011, with members of the ISC participating in the event each year. Team Yeti has been a mainstay in the event since that inaugural competition, where they came in fourth before moving up to a third place victory in 2012.

 

The Intelligent Systems Club began in 2002 and works to promote robotics and the development of technical knowledge. In addition to the snowplow competition, the club regularly competes in the Autonomous Lawnmower Competition, Intelligent Ground Vehicle Challenge, and the Freescale Cup Challenge, among others. For more information on the ISC, see http://isc.umd.umich.edu/.

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February 04, 2013 - EE Alum Designs Avalon's Intellitouch

Nick Sitarski, a graduate of UM-D's Electrical Engineering program and, now, Senior Engineer for Electrical Systems, Avalon, was a designer on the 2013 Toyota Avalon's Intellitouch capacitive switches and wireless charging system. The Avalon is the first car certified to the Qi standard for in-vehicle wireless cell phone charging, a technology that is expected to be available this spring.

 

Read more at http://www.sae.org/mags/sve/11712/ .

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January 25, 2013 - MATLAB Seminar Announcement

Dr. Selim Awad will be presenting a two-day seminar on MATLAB Friday, Feb. 15 and Friday, Feb. 22, 2013.  Both sessions will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in 201 ELB.

 

Through a live demonstration and hands-on learning, Dr. Awad will introduce students to the MATLAB software, as well as some of the supplementary software packages, like Toolbox. 

 

Engineers of all disciplines are encouraged to attend.

 

For more information or to RSVP, please contact IEEE at ieee@engin.umd.umich.edu.  Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP.

 

You can view the event flyer by click here.

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January 09, 2013 - Buick Achievers Scholarship Program

Applications are now being accepted for the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program .  The deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m., Feb. 28, 2013.  The scholarship is open to high school seniors and undergradute students who enroll, or are planning on enrolling, full-time to a four-year college or university for the 2013-2014 academic year and will be studying engineering, technology, design, or business, with an interest in the automotive industry.

 

To learn more about this scholarship opporunity, please visit http://www.buickachievers.com .

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January 09, 2013 - Distinguished Lecture Series

Information on the CIS-ECE-IMSE Distinguished Lecture Series has been announced for the Winter 2013 semester.

 

Click the image for the full-sized .pdf.

 

Distinguished Lecture Series

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November 20, 2012 - ECE Department of UM-Dearborn Invites Applications for a Tenure-track Faculty Postition
The University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position. Qualified individuals seeking an Assistant Professorship are invited to apply but outstanding faculty at the Associate Professor and Professor levels will also be considered. The ECE Department is looking for applicants whose research interests are in areas of power systems, smart grids, and sustainable energy. The successful candidate is expected to develop strongly funded research to enhance the power/energy program in the department.

 

 

Qualified candidates must have, or expect to have, a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering or a closely related discipline by the time of appointment and will be expected to do scholarly and sponsored research, as well as teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates at the associate or full professor ranks should already have an established funded research program. The ECE Department offers several BS and MS degrees, and participates in two interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs, Ph.D. in Automotive Systems Engineering and Ph.D. in Information Systems Engineering. The current funded research areas in the department include intelligent systems, power electronics, hybrid vehicles, battery management, computer networks, wireless communications, and embedded systems.


The University of Michigan-Dearborn (UM-Dearborn) is one of the three campuses of the University of Michigan. UM-Dearborn is a comprehensive university offering high quality undergraduate, graduate, professional and continuing education to residents of southeastern Michigan, and attracts more than 9,000 students. Faculty and students have the opportunity to collaborate across all three campuses in research and scholarly activity. UM-Dearborn is located ten miles west of Detroit and thirty-five miles east of Ann Arbor. The campus is strategically located on 200 suburban acres of the original Henry Ford Estate in the Greater Detroit Metropolitan region.


The University of Michigan-Dearborn, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of Michigan-Dearborn is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. Inquiries or complaints may be addressed Office of Institutional Equity, 4901 Evergreen Road, Suite 1020, Administrative Services Building, Dearborn, Michigan 48128-1491, (313) 593-5190. For other University of Michigan information call 734-764-1817.


Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae including e-mail address, teaching statement, research statement, and a list of thee to five referees. The complete application should be sent to, Dr. Chris Mi, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Michigan-Dearborn, 4901 Evergreen Road, Dearborn, Michigan, 48128, or emailed to chrismi@umd.umich.edu. Phone: 313-593-5420, Fax: 313-583-6336.

 

 

The University of Michigan-Dearborn is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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November 20, 2012 - ECE Department of UM-Dearborn Invites Applications for a Tenure-track Faculty Postition
The University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position. Qualified individuals seeking an Assistant Professorship are invited to apply but outstanding faculty at the Associate Professor and Professor levels will also be considered. The ECE Department is looking for applicants whose research interests are in areas such as solid state electronics, MEMS, nanoelectronics, and power semiconductor devices. The selected candidate is expected to establish an excellent externally funded research program in the chosen area.

 

Qualified candidates must have, or expect to have, a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering or a closely related discipline by the time of appointment and will be expected to do scholarly and sponsored research, as well as teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates at the associate or full professor ranks should already have an established funded research program. The ECE Department offers several BS and MS degrees, and participates in two interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs, Ph.D. in Automotive Systems Engineering and Ph.D. in Information Systems Engineering. The current funded research areas in the department include intelligent systems, power electronics, hybrid vehicles, battery management, computer networks, wireless communications, and embedded systems.


The University of Michigan-Dearborn (UM-Dearborn) is one of the three campuses of the University of Michigan. UM-Dearborn is a comprehensive university offering high quality undergraduate, graduate, professional and continuing education to residents of southeastern Michigan, and attracts more than 9,000 students. Faculty and students have the opportunity to collaborate across all three campuses in research and scholarly activity. UM-Dearborn is located ten miles west of Detroit and thirty-five miles east of Ann Arbor. The campus is strategically located on 200 suburban acres of the original Henry Ford Estate in the Greater Detroit Metropolitan region.


The University of Michigan-Dearborn, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of Michigan-Dearborn is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. Inquiries or complaints may be addressed Office of Institutional Equity, 4901 Evergreen Road, Suite 1020, Administrative Services Building, Dearborn, Michigan 48128-1491, (313) 593-5190. For other University of Michigan information call 734-764-1817.


Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae including e-mail address, teaching statement, research statement, and a list of three to five references. The complete application should be sent to, Dr. Yi Lu Murphey, Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Michigan-Dearborn, 4901 Evergreen Road, Dearborn, Michigan, 48128, or emailed to yilu@umich.edu.


Phone: 313-593-5420, Fax: 313-583-6336

 

The University of Michigan-Dearborn is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


 

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October 08, 2012 - Meet the Department Chair

Students - This is your chance to meet the Department Chair, Dr. Yi Lu Murphey.

The event will be held in 227 ELB on Thursday, Oct. 25 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Pizza will be provided for those who attend. 

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September 23, 2012 - ECE Department of UM-Dearborn Invites Applications for a Tenure-track Faculty Postition

The University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position. Qualified individuals seeking an Assistant Professorship are invited to apply but outstanding faculty at the Associate Professor and Professor levels will also be considered. The ECE Department is looking for applicants whose research interests are in areas such as solid state electronics, MEMS, nanoelectronics, and power semiconductor devices. The selected candidate is expected to establish an excellent externally funded research program in the chosen area.

 

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September 18, 2012 - Associate Professor Taehyung Kim received a 2012 Best Paper Prize
Associate Professor Taehyung Kim received a 2012 Best Paper Prize (Best Magazine Article, 2nd Place) from IEEE Industry Application Society (IAS) for his paper "Fuel Cell Hybrid Electric Scooter-Development of Zero-Emission Vehicles", co-authored with O. Vodyakho, and J. Yang.
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September 06, 2012 - Call for Posters at the 2012 IEEE Southeastern Michigan Spring Section Conference

IEEE GOLD will be hosting a poster session for all IEEE GOLD and student members at the upcoming IEEE Fall Section Conference on November 14, 2012 at the Fairlane Center, University of Michigan-Dearborn. All student, graduate student, and GOLD (graduates of the last decade) members are invited to participate. A best poster award will be given to the top presented poster, as judged by the review committee. Poster topics related to any of the chapters / societies represented in the IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section (www.ieee-sem.org) are encouraged. Poster participants will be given complimentary registration to the conference and awards dinner. More information about the conference is at: http://www.ieee-sem.orgfall .

 

Authors wishing to participate in the poster session must submit a poster title and abstract (less than 150 words) to Rajeev Verma (rajverma@ieee.org) by no later than October 31, 2012. The suggested poster size is 4 feet by 3 feet, and should contain large text to be read from a distance. Poster authors should attend and present their posters during the poster session from approximately 4:30 pm until 5:00 pm, and 7:00 pm until 7:30 pm on the day of the conference.

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February 06, 2012 - UM-D Students 'Study' for a win

Two University of Michigan - Dearborn students were recently named runner-up winners for the Fall 2011 Mobile Apps Challenge .

Cory Woolf, an ECE student, and Brandon King, a CIS major, teamed up to develop the WeStudy app. The app allows students to easily schedule study groups and integrates mapping and e-mail connectivity.

 

 The challenge is hosted by the Mobile Apps Center at the U of M campus in Ann Arbor. Participants are allowed to submit as many mobile apps as they wish, and are judged based on creativity, usability, and utility by experts from U of M, Apple, and Google.

 

Woolf and King were awarded an iPad for their contribution to the challenge. The team was supervised by Associate Professors Paul Watta (ECE) and Brahim Medjahed (CIS).


For more information on the WeStudy app, visit Woolf's and King's YouTube video or try out the app online.  A full list of winners will be posted on on the Mobile Apps Challenge website in February. 
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December 21, 2011 - New Undergraduate Course Added for Winter 2012

This winter we will be offering a new undergraduate course, ECE 428 "Cloud Computing" (CRN 27660).

 

Cloud computing represents the emerging Internet-based services/platforms with elastic and scalable computation powers operating at costs associated with service. Topics of the course include advanced web technologies, distributed computing models and technologies, software as a service (SaaS), virtualization, pallelization, security/privacy and the advance in cloud computing. Course work includes building up a SaaS project. (3 credit hours)


This cousre will be held on Monday 6:10-9:00 pm, 1340 PEC,with Professor Shaout.

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December 20, 2011 - Course Schedule for Winter 2012

This is the course schedule for Winter 2012. Click on the images to view in full-size or save to your local disk.

 

 

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November 03, 2011 - Forbes Releases Top 5 Degrees With Biggest Salaries
Forbes has released its list of the top five college degrees with the biggest salaries. Coming in at number three on the list is Computer Engineering. According to the Forbes article, graduates can expect an average starting salary of $64,499 and an increase of 21% in the jobs market between now and 2018.

The original article can be viewed here or as a slideshow summary.

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November 02, 2011 - UM-Dearborn gets $1M to establish Center for Electric Drive Transportation
Professor Chris Mi of ECE along with other eight professors in CECS (Yi Zhang, Dohoy Jung, Eric Ratts, John Cherng and Ben Q. Li of ME, Taehyung Kim and Yi Lu Murphey of ECE and Zhimin Xi of ISME) have been awarded $1 million from the U.S. Department of Energy's Graduate Automotive Technology Education initiative to establish a GATE Center for Electric Drive Transportation. The center will build upon existing programs in the area of electric drive vehicles, including battery electric vehicles, extended-range electric vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Read the full story here .
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October 11, 2011 - New Course Offerings for Winter 2012

The Winter 2012 course listing is now available through UM-D Connect.  Registration begins in November.  Please review the Registration Timetable to find out when you will be eligible to register.

 

The Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering is proud to present several new course offerings for both undergraduate and gradute-level students for the Winter 2012 semester.  These include:

 

ECE 435: Introduction to Mobile/Smart Devices and Technologies
Time: Wednesday 6:10 - 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Paul Watta

Prerequisite: ECE 372 or equivalent
4.000 Credits

This class will introduce students to the technology used in mobile/smart devices and mobile communication networks. Various hardware and software aspects will be introduced, with particular emphasis on the constraints intrinsic to such systems. Students will get an overview of various mobile operating systems and how to develop software for mobile devices. Four lecture hours per week.

 

ECE 528: Cloud Computing
Time: Monday 6:10 - 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Adnan Shaout

3.000 Credits

Cloud computing represents the emerging Internet-based services/platforms with elastic and scalable computation powers operating at costs associated with service. Topics of the course include advanced web technologies, distributed computing models and technologies, software as a service (SaaS), virtualization, pallelization, security/privacy and the advance in cloud computing. Course work includes building up a SaaS project. Three lecture hours per week.

 

ECE 530: Energy Storage Systems
Time: Thursday 6:10 - 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Gary Crosbie

3.000 Credits

 

This course introduces the basics of energy storage systems for EDV. It will cover battery basics, ultracapacitors, flywheels, and hybrid energy storage concepts. Battery management, battery charging, and battery safety will be covered. Finally, the requirements of EDV and renewable energy application examples will be explained. Lead acid, nickel metal hydride, and lithium ion batteries will be covered. Other energy storage systems such as super conducting magnetic, hydraulic, compressed air, and integrated (hybrid) energy storage systems, will be discussed as well.

 

ECE 535: Mobile Devices and Ubiquitous Computing Systems
Time: Wednesday 6:10 - 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Paul Watta

3.000 Credits

 

This class will introduce students to the technology used in mobile/smart devices and mobile communication networks. Various hardware and software aspects will be introduces, with particular emphasis on the constraints intrinsic to such system. Students will get an overview of various mobile operating systems and will learn how to develop software for mobile devices. The topics of ubiquitous and pervasive computing will be introduced and discussed. Three lecture hours per week.

 

ECE 5752: Reconfigurable Computing

Time: Thursday 6:10 - 9:00 p.m.

Instructor: Ali ElKateeb

3.000 Credits

 

This course addresses advances in reconfigurable computing techniques, design, and research. The course topics include introduction to RC, Hardware Description Language (HDL) such as VHDL and Verilog HDL, System-On-Chip (SOC), and Network-On-Chip (NOC). Three lecture hours per week.  

 

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June 06, 2011 - Congratulations to the Intelligent Systems Club(ISC) for winning the second place during the 8th Annual ION Robotic Lawn Mower Competition in Dayton, OH
Congratulations to the Intelligent Systems Club(ISC) for winning the second place during the 8th Annual ION Robotic Lawn Mower Competition in Dayton, OH on June 2-4.

The ISC has been active at UM-D since 2002 and is advised by Prof. "Nattu" Natarajan. The club works to promote robotics and engages students in robotics competitions, which challenge students to design and build autonomous vehicles capable of navigating obstacle courses of a varying nature.

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May 09, 2011 - The ECE faculty gathered on May 6, 2011 to honor Dr. Allen Meitzler for his 32 years of service to the ECE Department
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April 27, 2011 - Celebration of first group HUST students from China completing their study at UM-Dearborn
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January 04, 2011 - Congratulation to the "Theta Tau Chapter" of HKN for receiving the Outstanding Chapter Award for 2009-2010
Congratulation to the "Theta Tau Chapter" of HKN for receiving the Outstanding Chapter Award for 2009-2010. This coveted award is a mark of great distinction for a college chapter. Chapters are judged on their activities of service to others, and all chapters with exemplary programs can win.
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The Henry W. Patton
Endowed Scholarships

The Henry Patton Endowed Scholarships are awarded to students in electrical engineering or computer engineering from a bequest to the College of Engineering and Computer Science by Henry W. Patton II, the founder, president, and CEO of Acromag, Inc.

 

Eligibility: For incoming freshmen and incoming transfer students majoring in electrical or computer engineering.

 

Amount of awards: $1000 to $5,000 per year towards tuition

 

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