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January 28, 2020

CECS faculty share their excitement about the ELB

With the ELB’s grand opening scheduled for August 31, 2020, we talked to several faculty members in the College of Engineering and Computer Science to learn what they're looking forward to most when the new ELB opens.

YaSha (Alex) Yi

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

What are you most excited about regarding the new ELB?

New research and teaching spaces with state-of-the-art equipment.

What will you be able to do in the new building that you couldn't before?

We will have a new optoelectronics lab which can enable us to have the basic capabilities for integrated nanoelectronic and photonics devices and systems research and teaching.

How will the new ELB impact academic programs and research opportunities at UM-Dearborn?

The new ELB will impact our new EECE Ph.D. program, as well as the ECE undergraduate programs significantly, especially around the Detroit region.

How will our partnerships with industry be enhanced and elevated with the new facilities?
With the new instruments and facilities, we will become more attractive to industry partners.

Dr. Brahim Medjahed

Professor, Computer and Information Science; Associate Dean of Rackham Graduate School

What are you most excited about regarding the new ELB?

I am most excited about the collaborative spaces that the new ELB building will offer to students and faculty. This will emphasize our mission as a student-centered college and university.

What will you be able to do in the new building that you couldn't before?

CECS recently launched new Ph.D. programs in engineering and computer science in partnership with the University of Michigan's Rackham Graduate School. The new building will offer unique opportunities to strengthen the doctoral community at UM-Dearborn and reinforce the sense of belonging of our Ph.D. students to this campus.

How will the new ELB impact academic programs and research opportunities at UM-Dearborn?

The new ELB features state-of-the-art research and teaching lab facilities that will provide opportunities to foster top-notch research programs and develop innovative techniques to advance learning and teaching in our campus.

How will our partnerships with industry be enhanced and elevated with the new facilities?
The new ELB promotes innovation and collaboration "by design." I have no doubt that the new facilities will advance our partnerships with industry and increase our impact on communities within and outside Southeast Michigan.

Anything else you'd like to add?
The new ELB provides unprecedented opportunities to reinforce the commitment of CECS and UM-Dearborn to excellence in teaching, learning, research, and scholarship.

Mengqi (Maggie) Wang

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

What are you most excited about regarding the new ELB?
New lab space, lab facilities, and new office space.

What will you be able to do in the new building that you couldn't before?
We will be able to carry out research on large scale simulation on power systems and power electronics, with hardware-in-the-loop capabilities, with the power simulator that will be installed in the new ELB power lab.

How will the new ELB impact academic programs and research opportunities at UM-Dearborn?
We will have a much bigger lab footprint, and the new ELB power lab will incorporate the space for student training, student lab, and research lab together. New lab facilities, such as the power simulator, will be available as well. All these will enhance our research capabilities, and create synergy for research, teaching, and student training.

How will our partnerships with industry be enhanced and elevated with the new facilities?
We will be able to conduct research activities that we could not do before, such as the large-scale power system simulation with power electronics equipment included. This will be of great interest to the utility companies.

Di Ma

Associate Professor, Computer and Information Science

What are you most excited about regarding the new ELB?

The ELB is designed with a focus on student learning, collaboration, and interaction, I am excited there will be a lot of space for students to work together as well as interact with each other and faculty members. But the most exciting thing to me, definitely, is to have the Cybersecurity Lab.

What will you be able to do in the new building that you couldn't before?
Currently CECS is offering one B.S. in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance and one M.S. in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance. However, there is not a dedicated security lab to support these programs. For cybersecurity education, it is important for students to gain hands-on experience on both offensive and defensive techniques. In order to support all these offensive and defensive activities, students usually need administrative privileges on the hosts. In the same time all these activities should not disturb the rest of the campus network. Currently, we do not have any lab that can support these activities. The Cybersecurity Lab in the new ELB will have a special network configuration which allows an isolated network environment so that students can practice all the activities with administrative privileges without worrying about disturbing the rest of the campus network.

How will the new ELB impact academic programs and research opportunities at UM-Dearborn?
All the labs are equipped with the state-of-the-art equipment to conduct cutting-edge research and/or facility to support modern teaching. The ELB, even in its construction period, has helped attract new students and new faculty members.

Paul Richardson

Professor and Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering

What are you most excited about regarding the new ELB?
The opportunity for ease of close collaboration as our department will be brought in from occupying six buildings to just two buildings. 

What will you be able to do in the new building that you couldn't before?
We will have extensive new laboratories to explore research and teaching in new and important areas.

How will the new ELB impact academic programs and research opportunities at UM-Dearborn?
The new teaching resources will allow us to more effectively engage our students over a broader range of topics.  The new research infrastructure will allow us to evolve into important areas in applied electronics and computer research.

How will our partnerships with industry be enhanced and elevated with the new facilities?
We will be able to support our current and future relationships with our constituents with the ability to teach more effectively and resources to pursue important research areas.

Amanda Esquivel

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

What will you be able to do in the new building that you couldn't before?
The new building will house a laboratory that will provide sufficient space for motion capture studies to help us better understand human movement. It will be fully equipped to allow us to conduct research related to understanding and preventing injuries.

How will the new ELB impact academic programs and research opportunities at UM-Dearborn?
The current lab space can only accommodate a few students at a time. The new space will allow me to include additional labs in undergraduate and graduate courses which will enhance student learning.

Joe Fujiou Lo

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

What are you most excited about regarding the new ELB?

The ELB labs is an exciting visual symbol of UM-Dearborn Engineering's research prowess.

What will you be able to do in the new building that you couldn't before?

I will be able to teach Bioengineering laboratories in a Class 10,000 clean room for device fabrication.

 How will the new ELB impact academic programs and research opportunities at UM-Dearborn?

The ELB facilities will attract Bioengineering undergrad, master, and doctoral students and bring recognition to our programs' excellence.

Nilay Chakraborty

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

What are you most excited about regarding the new ELB?

To me the new ELB is not just a building – it symbolizes a hope for professional development in engineering education and research for our campus. I am excited for its potential to help faculty and students to push our campus forward in innovation, teaching and productivity for the years to come. I see it as a vehicle to reach towards the future and something that could help us do that we couldn’t do in the old ELB. I am sure the positive effect of it will not only be limited to CECS, but will be felt throughout the campus and in a larger sense throughout the region.

What will you be able to do in the new building that you couldn't before?

For me personally it will be the research and teaching activities that were not supported by the old ELB. It is not only the infrastructure and resources – it will have a synergistic effect all across the board in improving the quality of my teaching and research.

How will the new ELB impact academic programs and research opportunities at UM-Dearborn?

On the surface the new ELB provides a unique mix of research and teaching space that is coming of the age and highly relevant in the engineering education and research in this decade as far as University of Michigan-Dearborn is concerned. However, one of the biggest impacts I can think of is that it solidifies the unique position UM-Dearborn has as a leader in education in the region.

How will our partnerships with industry be enhanced and elevated with the new facilities?

Partnership with industry is key to enhancing and elevating the framework of engineering education and research offered at UM-Dearborn. In a way, it is key to providing engineering education that is updated and relevant as far as current technology and economic structure is concerned.

Anything else you'd like to add?

Now that we will have a state-of-the-art facility, it is on to us to maintain and effectively use it to spearhead progress in our University. 

 

The new ELB will truly transform engineering education and research on the UM-Dearborn campus. But we can’t do it without your help! Give now and make an impact on our campus and the engineering industry, or contact Kelly Cronin, Director of Development, CECS, 313-593-3500 or croninke@umich.edu.

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