CSE News for 2006

U-M Scores in iGEM: The International Genetically Engineered Machine competition

Students representing various disciplines across the University, including the College of Engineering, Business Administration, LS&A, and Bioinformatics, participated in the 4th annual iGEM (The International Genetically Engineered Machine) Jamboree. U-M's team took third place in the category, Best Real World Application. Read more...

2006-07 Undergraduate Student Awards: Call for Nominations

Deadline to apply for undergraduate EECS student awards is December 8, 2006. Click here for additional information.

Web Server Down

The EECS department web server (www) was rebooted this morning due to disk problems. It had been up and operational for 100 days.

3rd Annual CSE Honors Competition

Representatives from Google were present to help judge the 3rd annual CSE Honors Competition. Four finalists from each major area in CSE presented their work to faculty and students October 19, 2006. 1st place went to Sandeep Tata (software), 2nd place to Zaher Andraus (hardware), and honorable mentions to Xuan Zheng (theory) and Yevgeniy Vorobeychik (artificial intelligence).

iCAD Team Wins Award at CADathlon

CSE graduate students George Viamontes and Kai-hui Chang captured 2nd place in the 2006 CADathlon, an international programming contest organized at the Int'l Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD). Calling themselves the iCAD team, they were honored at the opening ceremonies of ICCAD for their success in solving problems in formal verification, logic synthesis, error-correcting codes, Steiner-tree heuristics, circuit timing analysis, and clock skew optimization. Read more

Best Paper Award at OSDI 06

"Rethink the Sync," by CSE graduate students Edmund B. Nightingale and Kaushik Veeraraghavan, and Professors Peter M. Chen and Jason Flinn, received a Best Paper Award at the 7th USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation (OSDI'06). Click here for the abstract and complete paper, which introduces external synchrony.

Software Design Engineer

Company or Institution: MicroStrategy

Location: Virginia

Job Description:

Since 1989, MicroStrategy has helped corporations transform their operational data into actionable information. Our 64 bit Business Intelligence platform, MicroStrategy 8, gives businesses solutions to their entire query, reporting, and advanced analytical needs, and distributes insight to users via web, wireless and voice. With more than 2,800 satisfied customers and over 500 technology and integration partners, MicroStrategy 8 has been proven the best, most complete solution for business intelligence.

MicroStrategy's technology has been consistently ranked as the best in the industry by leading analysts. Our technology has received numerous awards and accolades from industry reviews and from customers. We have consistently emphasized a pure and integrated architecture that ensures that our solution stands out in front of the competition when judged in terms of user and data scalability and ability to meet complex user requirements. We believe that the breadth of functionality and quality of our offering is unmatched in this industry and have a team of dedicated software professionals that strive to maintain and enhance that reputation.

We are looking for motivated Software Design Engineers who want to be a part of a high-paced seasoned team of professionals that can help MicroStrategy maintain its industry leadership and work on newer innovations to our Business Intelligence product suite that will extend that leadership. We value strong analytical skills and strong skills in fundamental Computer Science. Successful candidates get to work with experienced software engineers and learn from some of the best minds in the industry while applying their skills to immediate use.

For more information about our company, visit our website athttp://www.microstrategy.com

Job Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, or Ph. D in Computer Science. GPA 3.5+.

Strong knowledge of data structures, algorithms, operating system and other fundamental Computer Science concepts.

Fluent in object oriented programming languages, such as C++, Java. Strong object-oriented design and development skills.

Familiarity with RDBMS is highly desirable.

Strong analytical skills and problem solving skills.

Good communication skills and ability to work as part of a team

Job Duties:

Design, code, debug, and test software components and products on Windows and various Unix/Linux platforms independently in a high-availability, high performance environment.

Implementation of MicroStrategy product features through entire lifecycle of feature development. This includes input on design specs, actual implementation of functionality, testing, analyzing and optimizing the implementation.

Individual must have ability and desire to assimilate and apply knowledge as well as to spread acquired knowledge and experience to other team members.

Physical Demands: This job requires no extraordinary physical demands.

Travel: This job does not require travel on a regular basis.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

TO APPLY PLEASE SEND RESUMES TO:collegerecruiting@microstrategy.com


Company or Institution: William Davidson Institute

Location: Michigan

Job Description:

This is a full-time position. The successfulcandidate will possess:

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science or a related field, and 2+ years of IT application software design and development experience;
  • 1+ year experience in design and development of web applications;
  • 2+ years of experience of programming in Microsoft.Net environment with C# and/or VB.Net;
  • Knowledge of at least one of the following: Perl, PHP, ASP, JSP, is preferable;
  • E-commerce experience is desirable;
  • Excellent understanding of relational database concepts and 2+ experience of working with SQL Server (or Oracle) database;
  • Working knowledge of HTML, XHTL, XML and/or other scripting languages;
  • Exposure to an HTML authoring tool such as DreamWeaver or FrontPage;
  • Proficient in MS Office, particularly Microsoft Access, with a good operating knowledge of Windows environment;
  • Good organization and written communication skills.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain existing IT applications at WDI;
  • Identify, design and implement new software and enhancements to existing IT applications;
  • Administer website content management tool; train and help WDI staff publish content to the website;
  • Maintain online discussion forums;
  • Interface with external vendors;
  • Perform additional job-related functions as assigned

This will be a full-time, salaried position and paywill be commensurate with experience (up to $50K/year). It willoffera competitive benefits package (medical, dental life insurances for the employee and a generous amount of paid time off).This job must be peformed at our work site during office hours (weekdays 8 AM - 5 PM).

Interested candidates should submit a letter of introduction (which includes salary history) with a resume via e-mail to: wdi@umich.edu (Attn: Human Resources, William Davidson Institute).

No calls please. Each candidate who submits the letter of introduction with his/her resume will receive an e-mail confirming receipt.

NOTE: The William Davidson Institute is legally a separate entity from the University of Michigan.

Faculty Recently in the News

Jessy Grizzle talks to representatives from the Coalition for National Science Funding

Martha Pollack Supports Women's Role in Science and Engineering. Read more...

EECS Leads U-M in Tech Transfer Activities

Two new startup companies within the past year having roots in EECS are tangible evidence of the leading role the department plays in U-M's tech transfer activities. This past year, the EECS Department led U-M in invention disclosures, any of which may lead to patents, and/or technology found in the marketplace. A recent Ann Arbor News article about Tech Transfer at U-M mentions Sugih Jamin's company, Zattoo.

EECS Department Announces Peer Mentoring

Talk to a fellow student about any questions you have about courses, the department, or whatever! Come alone, or with others. The peer mentors are there just for you!
Click here for times, location, and brief notes about the mentors, from the mentors.

Prof. Conway to Present Distinguished Lecture on VLSI Design

Lynn Conway, Emerita Professor in EECS, will give a Distinguished Lecture at Columbia University in March, 2007, entitled "Reflections on the VLSI Design Revolution."

Emeritus Faculty Bernard A. Galler (1928-2006)

CSE Students and Staff Take First Place in Windows Contest

CSE graduate students Zhigang Chen and Xin Hu, and CSE research programmer Scott Gifford took first place in the newly-created Windows for CE Shared Source contest, a national competition sponsored by Microsoft and WindowsForDevices.com.

EECS Picnic Photos

Here are a few photos from this summer's EECS picnic.

Prof. Jagadish Improving Information Integration

Prof. Jagadish is researching ways to use XML (Extensible Markup Language) to access related information contained in multiple databases. Among the diverse and significant uses for this research is detecting an impending terrorist threat, or responding to a threat, and synthesizing the massive volume of data related to breast cancer.
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Aviation Interior Modifications Design Engineer positions

Company or Institution: TIMCO Engineering Systems Division

Location: Greensboro, NC, Seattle, WA and Atlanta, GA.

Job Description:

TIMCO Engineering Systems Division has several positions open for our interior modifications of passenger aircraft for Designers, Avionics/Electrical and Stress Engineers.

Our Engineering Departments are located at Corporate Headquarters in Greensboro, NC, Seattle, WA and Atlanta, GA.

Please access our website and under the employment tab will be a list of open positions. I would encourage you to apply.

Thank You,
Beverly Grenier
Technical Recruiter
TIMCO/TES Staffing
623 Radar Rd
Greensboro, NC 27410
336-668-4410 ext.4689
beverly.grenier@timco.aero [Full Story]

EE Times Announces EECS research on self-healing chips

The EE Times reported the Semiconductor Research Corporation's announcement today (7/25/06) of a joint project with NSF and U-M to research self-healing chips. Professors Todd Austin and Valeria Bertacco are co-investigators in this attempt to find a new approach to chip design that looks for an alternative to the necessity of flawless chips for good performance. As chips become increasingly complex and small, the presence of errors in the chips increases. Rather than simply discard a faulty chip and build another, which can get quite expensive, Austin, Bertacco and their partners will attempt to build a chip that can not only take longer to fail in the presence of errors, but that can recover from failures.

Scott Mahlke Receives Influential ISCA Paper Award

Prof. Scott Mahlke received the ACM SIGARCH/IEEE-CS TCCA Influential ISCA Paper Award at ISCA 2006 for the 1991 paper, "IMPACT: An Architectural Framework for Multiple-Instruction-Issue Processors," by PP Chang, SA Mahlke, WY Chen, NJ Warter, and WW Hwum.

Prof. Dragomir Radev Receives Gosnell Prize

Prof. Dragomir Radev is co-author on a paper that won the Gosnell Prize for Excellence in Political Methodology. The annual Gosnell Prize is given by the Society for Political Methodology for the best work in political methodology presented at a political science conference in the previous year. The paper, An Automated Method of Topic-Coding Legislative Speech Over Time with Application to the 105th-108th U.S. Senate, by Kevin M. Quinn, Burt L. Monroe, Michael Colaresi, Michael H. Crespin, and Dragomir R. Radev, was presented at the 2006 Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Meeting.

Radev stated, "Our work is based on an NSF grant from the Human and Social Dynamics program. We are trying to apply techniques from natural language processing (NLP) to political discourse modeling and understand how politicians use subtle changes in the way they use certain words to promote their agendas. We have been studying the legislative proceedings of several major English-speaking countries such as the US, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. My role in this project is on the CS/NLP side as my co-authors are all political scientists." Radev stressed that this prize shows how computer and information science research, particularly Natural Language Processing/Information Retrieval (NLP/IR), can be of help to other sciences, including in this case political science, but also bioinformatics and the humanities.

Bike Ride for the Multiple Sclerosis Society

Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Previous Donors, This is a final request this year for donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society through the MS-150 bike ride. If you are away and see this after the event, I can accept your funds and send them into M.S. until August 25, 2006.

I'll be riding 200 miles again this coming weekend (July 15 & 16) with Team AAA Michigan (a nice group that actually includes a couple of AAA employees and we get cool jerseys). This is my twelfth MS-150 in thirteen years To date, I've ridden ~2125 miles in these rides and with your generosity have sent ~$21,495 dollars to the M.S. Society.

The main thing you get for your money is the good feeling of knowing you did some good, followed by the nice benefit of a tax deduction. As a benefit to my sponsors, I send a final story of the ride report. It is a primarily fact-based account of my fun, pain, and suffering which some of my long-time donors find amusing. Unfortunately, I set a high standard on this my first year when I crashed early and rode most of the even with a big red road rash wound on my left knee. I won't promise to repeat this, but hopefully I'll deliver something amusing (a somewhat embellished sample follows this message).I'll be happy to take your pledges e-mail or via the MS Society web link below. You can also give me checks directly (made out to "The M. S. Society"). Your donations are tax deductible and go directly to the Society.

Thanks, Fred Terry
2417F EECS Building 2122

To sponsor me:href=http://www.nationalmssociety.org/MIG/home/epledge_search_2.asp

July 12, 2006. The Spanish daily El Pis dropped a bombshell in its Sunday edition. Fred Terry and and all the other riders of Team AAA Michigan have been cleared of any involvement in the Operacin Puerto doping scandal. The full team of 13 riders has been cleared to start at Davisburg, MI, on Saturday and is now expected to be a dominate force in the event. Unconfirmed sources quoted UCI President Pat McQuaid as saying, I don't know what these guys were worried about. They are so old and slow that we would not have taken action against them even if they were found guilty of doping. If I were them, I would see Dr. Fuentes and get some EPO and probably some Geritol too.The grueling 2 day MS-150 Michigan has been compared to the Tour de France for grueling hors-cat (out- of category) climbs. The final 12 miles on the return to Davisburgh has been called the Michigan equivalent of L'Alpe d'Huez. Skeptics have claimed these comparisons have all come from delusional aging professors.
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Web Database Designer

Company or Institution: School of Social Work

Location: Ann Arbor - UoM Campus

Job Description:

The School of Social Work is looking to hire someone for a temporary summer web project. The work largely involves developing a secure web interface to a database backend using standard tools such as ODBC and javascript. The project pays $20/hr and is expected to take about 100 hours. If interested, please contact Dr. Patel in EECS. Job Requirements include:

-1- DATA COLLECTION: Gather data from about 5-6 different agencies (each agency has a small piece of the overall data). Some of these database permit an ODBC connection, but others use Quickbase. One can export data out of Quickbase using XML or text format. The skills needed for this part are ODBC and getting data out of Quickbase. (following the instructions given here)

-2- DATA INTEGRATION: Reconcile the data to produce an integrated database schema. The goal here is to produce a database schema for housing the integrated data from the various agencies. The skills needed here is SQL and producing ER diagrams. I will help with issues that come up during the schema integration and design.

-3- SETUP A DATABASE SERVER: The goal here is to set up a web-enabled database server. The choice of the database engine has not been made yet. But, I expect we may go with Oracle or mySQL. Skill needed here are the ability to setup a database server.

-4- PROVIDE WEB-BASED DATA ACCESS: Developing web forms for secure access to the integrated data. The skills needed here are using cgi with Perl, SSL, and javascript.

Brian Gilchrist Named Interim Chair of EECS

Professor Brian Gilchrist has been named Interim Chair of the EECS Department, effective July 1, 2006. Gilchrist, a member of the Radiation Laboratory, and the Space Physics Research Laboratory in the Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences Department, has been Associate Chair for the ECE Division since 2004, shortly after Prof. Munson came to the University as Chair of the EECS Department. Munson has been named Dean of the College of Engineering, effective July 1.

RF Circuit Design Engineer

Company or Institution: Company in California

Location: San Diego, CA

Job Description:

Our client headquartered in San Diego's Sorrento Valley is seeking a RF Circuit Design Engineer. Their our focus is on the exploration, development and commercialization of emerging wireless technologies.

Looking for a RF Circuit Design Engineer who is a motivated self-starter with strong technical skills, particularly in the area of RF circuit development for wireless communication systems. Well versed in transistor-level circuit design and RFIC/MMIC design experience is a strong plus. Needs to be able to handle multiple projects, prioritize work, and feel comfortable working in a close-knit environment. Must possess good communication skills and be a strong team player.

Education & Experience: Minimum BSEE with 5-8 years relevant experience

RF/microwave circuit design from concept to technology transfer including; Transistor-level circuit design Circuit/EM simulation and analysis PCB/module layout Prototyping Evaluation RF system design

Support system/baseband engineering team RF chipset/component evaluation RF specification development Resolving critical/complex technical problems Mentoring junior engineers on work activities Liaison responsibilities among RF engineering, upper management, and headquarters' engineering/manufacturing

Critical Skills, Experience and Education Solid understanding of RF/analog circuits and RF basics, including S-parameter design (Relevant college coursework is highly preferred) Hands-on experience in circuit design, analysis and evaluation RF/microwave measurement Fluent operation of EDA tools such as SPICE, Ansoft Designer, ADS, Microwave Office and other similar tools/packages Knowledge of wireless communication systems, including system architecture, antennas, radio wave propagation, and modern digital modulation such as CDMA, OFDM etc.RFIC/MMIC design experience is a strong plus.Practical experience in Software-Defined Radio (SDR), Bluetooth, IEEE802.11a/b/g, UWB, RF ID is also a plus.

If you are interested in applying for one of these positions, forward your Word formatted resume, cover note, work authorization and salary requirement/history to resumes@workwondersstaffing.net.

Please include the specific position to which you are applying in the subject line of your email. This will ensure your resume is routed to the correct recruiter as quickly as possible.

PMIC Design Position

Company or Institution: RFMD

Location: North Carolina

Job Description:

See PDF link for job description.
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Dr. Pollack named Senior Fellow of Michigan Society of Fellows

Prof. Martha Pollack has been named a Senior Fellow of the Michigan Society of Fellows for the period 2006-2010. The Society of Fellows emphasizes multidisciplinary interaction among faculty throughout the University. Senior Fellows are U-M faculty with national reputations as distinguished scholars who are selected by the President of the University. As a Senior Fellow, Pollack will "help create a spirited intellectual community, and to serve as a model and colleague for the Fellows."

Michael Moffitt Receives Best Student Paper Award at ICAPS-06

Michael Moffitt received the Best Student Paper award at the 16th International Conference on Automated Planning & Scheduling (ICAPS 2006), for the paper, Optimal Rectangle Packing: A Meta-CSP Approach, co-authored by Prof. Martha Pollack.

Moffit is a PhD candidate in Computer Science and Engineering, working in the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. His research interests include temporal reasoning, constraint satisfaction, combinatorial optimization, hybrid algorithms, overconstrained systems, preferences, planning, scheduling, and block packing. He is particularly interested in the relationship between these areas and neighboring disciplines, especially VLSI/CAD (e.g., floorplanning and cell placement) and Operations Research. See Moffit's web page for a list of his publications.

CSE graduate students win First IEEE Programming Challenge

CSE graduate students Kai-Hui Chang and David Papa were honored at the 2006 International Workshop on Logic and Synthesis (IWLS) in Vail, CO for their winning entry in the First IEEE Programming Challenge at IWLS, sponsored by IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA). The software developed by these students will be included in the next release of the open-source OA Gear package from Cadence Berkeley Laboratories and is described in the paper "Fast Simulation and Equivalence Checking Using OAGear" co-authored with their advisors Igor Markov and Valeria Bertacco.
Read more in the EE Times.

Prof. Sugih Jamin Helps Bring TV to the Web

Computer Science as a Career

An explosion of job opportunities is expected for computer science specialists in the next decade. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor predicts computer specialists to be among the fastest growing occupations from 2004-2014. Read a recent article about the excellent outlook for those wanting to major in the field of computer science. Also, read an article that places Software Engineer as the top-ranked career in the country, and Computer IT Analyst as seventh.

Optical Test Engineer

Company or Institution: Not listed

Location: Waltham, MA

Job Description:

Lead the definition and design of production-level test protocols for far-infrared thermal imaging devices and camera modules. Develop overall testing strategy to meet stringent quality requirements. Experience with optically-based testing systems on overseas production lines.

For consideration, please send CV, salary requirement or history, work authorization and a few references to resumes@workwondersstaffing.net.

AMD Supports VLSI at Michigan

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has partnered with U-M to sponsor a student design contest among the students of EECS 427: VLSI Design I and EECS 627: VLSI Design II. In addition, AMD donated cash and equipment to create a VLSI server pool that is accommodating 60 new Opteron 285 dual core processors.
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David C. Munson, Jr. Named Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering

EECS chair, Dr. Munson, has recently been appointed the Dean of the College of Engineering, effective July 1, 2006. He will be missed.

See U-M Press Release for more info.

Faculty Promotions

Congratulations to the following faculty for their promotions:

From associate professor with tenure to professor with tenure

Peter Chen
Yogesh Gianchandani, (also from associate professor to professor of mechanical engineering, without tenure)
Amir Mortazawi
Clark T.C. Nguyen

From associate professor without tenure to associate professor with tenure

Mahta Moghaddam

From assistant professor to associate professor with tenure

Michael Flynn
Mingyan Liu
Scott Mahlke
Igor Markov

Students Recognized for Excellent Teaching

EECS graduate students Norm Adams (EE: Systems), Sing-Rong Li (EE), and Pratibha Permandla (CSE) received the 2005-06 Outstanding Graduate Instructor Award. In addition, Brett Higgins, an undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science, received the 2005-06 Outstanding Instructional Aide Award. These students were honored with a special lunch, where they were given citations and a check for their excellent work. Faculty and friends joined in the celebration.

Prof. Munson presented the awards, and said, we couldn't do what we do without them. They help make us the Leaders and Best.' The department is extremely appreciative of the devotion to the student body that these four individuals have demonstrated through their excellent work and caring attitude.

CoE Undergraduate Student Awards Presented to EECS Students

Distinguished Achievement Award

Song Chua, EE
Dinkar Jain, CS
Patrick Macnamara, CE

One student from each EECS program is selected by the department to receive this award on the basis of academic and personal excellence.

Marian Sarah Parker Prize

Nupur Srivastava, EE

This award is presented to an outstanding undergraduate woman student in the College of Engineering.

Mildred and Steele Bailey Prize

Chee Keong Tee, EE

This award is presented to two outstanding seniors who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership qualities and outstanding contributions to the University and the community.

Charles Barth Jr. Distinguished Class Prize

Jacky Lo, CE

This award recognizes an outstanding sophomore who has demonstrated academic excellence, leadership qualities and outstanding contributions to the University and community

Undergraduate Distinguished Leadership

Cody Hartwig, CS/CE

This award is conferred on students of the College of Engineering who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the College, University and community.

Tau Beta Pi Award

Jack Li, EE

Tau Beta Pi Awards recognize two outstanding students who best combine exemplary character and distinguished scholarship.

2005-06 College of Engineering Graduate Student Awards

Distinguished Achievement Award

Doron Blatt, a graduate studentin EE:Systems, Hai Huang, a graduate student in Computer Science and Engineering, and DaHan Liao, a graduate student in Electrical Engineering, received the Distinguished Achievement Award. One student from each EECS program is selected by the department to receive this award on the basis of academic and personal excellence.

Marian Sarah Parker Prize

Ruba Borno, a PhD student in electrical engineering, received the Marian Sarah Parker Prize. This award is presented to an outstanding graduate woman student.

Betty Cummings' Retirement Party

Photos from the party to celebrate Betty Cummings recent retirement from EECS after 40 years of service can be seen at the link below. We wish you all the very best, Betty. [Full Story]

Graduate Student Research Supported by Intel

Three EECS graduate students, Ruba Borno, Ashlesha Joshi, and Jorge Pernillo, have been awarded the Intel Foundation PhD Fellowship Award. This is a highly competitive award, and consists of two-year fellowships to Ph.D. candidates pursuing leading-edge work in fields related to Intel's business and research interests.

Ruba Borno, a graduate student in Electrical Engineering, works with Prof. Michel Maharbiz. She stated, "My research interests lie in the development of micro and nanotechnology mechanisms to address the demands for ultra low-power remote sensor networks. Technology miniaturization and the decentralization of sensing and computation necessitate novel energy-scavenging technologies. My research is directed towards addressing this need with the development of energy-harvesting micro and nanoscale actuators. Such actuators have applications in power generation for distributed sensing and unpowered self-assembly of microcomponents. My work thus far has demonstrated the potential of extracting work from liquid surface tension for actuation. The aim of the project is to engineer actuators that deflect and/or self-assemble controllably while powered only by environmental humidity. The experimental work is coupled with the development of an accurate theoretical model, which has generalized applications in the study of nanomechanics and fluidics."

Ashlesha Joshi, a graduate student in Computer Science and Engineering, works with Prof. Peter Chen. Her research interests lie in the areas of operating systems, virtual machines, and security. She stated, "I am interested in developing ways to make software more secure and robust using techniques at the operating system and virtual machine monitor levels. My work has focused on intrusion detection using virtual machine introspection. By combining VM introspection with vulnerability-specific predicates, attacks on known vulnerabilities can be detected with perfect accuracy and without unwanted perturbations to the target software.Future directions for this work include adding predicate support for interpreted programs, enabling automatic generation of predicates, and developing uses of predicates beyond intrusion detection."

Jorge Pernillo, a graduate student in Electrical Engineering, works with Prof. Michael Flynn. Pernillo stated, "My specific research interests are in the development and demonstration of integrated circuit techniques to facilitate controlled growth and imaging of cell cultures on a micro scale. This research involves the development of circuit techniques for imaging, analog to digital conversion and control. The techniques will enable new research in cell tissue development and disease. Furthermore since these techniques are compatible with CMOS integrated circuit technology they will facilitate cheap analysis and diagnosis."

Ashlesha Joshi Awarded Intel Fellowship

Ashlesha Joshi, a graduate student in Computer Science and Engineering, was awarded an Intel Foundation Ph.D. Fellowship Award. This program awards two-year fellowships to Ph.D. candidates pursuing leading-edge work in fields related to Intel's business and research interests.

Joshi works with Prof. Peter Chen. Her research interests lie in the areas of operating systems, virtual machines, and security. She stated, "I am interested in developing ways to make software more secure and robust using techniques at the operating system and virtual machine monitor levels. My work has focused on intrusion detection using virtual machine introspection. By combining VM introspection with vulnerability-specific predicates, attacks on known vulnerabilities can be detected with perfect accuracy and without unwanted perturbations to the target software.Future directions for this work include adding predicate support for interpreted programs, enabling automatic generation of predicates, and developing uses of predicates beyond intrusion detection."

Startups Doing Well!

Arbor Networks, a company founded by Prof. Farnam Jahanian, is number 9 in the 2005 Inc. 500 List. It has grown 4,651% in the past 5 years, making it the 9th fastest growing company in the country. [Additional Information]

Mobius Microsystems, co-founded by Chief Technical Officer and EECS alumnus Michael McCorquodale (MS and PhD, EE, '00 and '04), was presented with an award for Innovation of the Year, and was counted among 1 of the 50 companies to watch in Michigan at the second annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business event. [Press Release - Additional Information - Photo]

Undergraduate Students Doing Research

Read about the research conducted by EECS undergraduate students in the latest issue of the EECS News (pages 16-17). These students have been working on cochlear implants, devices with biomedical applications for cardiac patients, robotics, electronic commerce, computer networking security, integrated optics, and internet security.

ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce Comes to Ann Arbor

The 2006 ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce will be held in Ann Arbor this year, June 11-15, 2006. The conference is sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group on Electronic Commerce (SIGecom), chaired by Prof. Michael Wellman. David Pennock (PhD, CSE '99) is the program co-chair. Read about his work in the latest EECS News, pg. 23.

David C. Munson, Jr. Named Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering

Dave Munson, Chair of EECS since 2003, will become the next U-M College of Engineering, Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering, effective July 1, 2006, pending Regents' approval.

Dr. Munson has increased the department's commitment to undergraduate and graduate programs, planned extensive renovation and expansion of research laboratories, improved its relationships with alumni and industry, and completed a comprehensive strategic-planning exercise. The department thanks him for his excellent leadership these past three years, and wishes him much success in his new position. [U-M Press Release]

B.J. Monaghan Receives Excellence in Staff Service Award

B.J. Monaghan will be honored by the College of Engineering at the annual Excellence in Staff Service Awards ceremony on Friday, May 5 at 3:00 in Chesebrough Auditorium at the Chrysler Center on North Campus. In recognition of the tremendous work she has done over the years supporting faculty, students and staff as Research Administrator for the Software Systems Laboratory.B.J. will be one of several College of Engineering staff members to receive a 2006 Excellence in Staff Servie Award

Kang G. Shin Awarded the Ho-Am Prize in Engineering

Prof. Kang G. Shin was honored to hear recently that he had been selected to receive the 2006 Ho-Am Prize in Engineering. The Ho-Am Prize was founded by Kun-Hee Lee, Chairman of Samsung, in 1990, in honor of his father, the late Byung-Chull Lee, founder of Samsung. It is the highest honor bestowed to Korean origin engineers and researchers, carrying a cash prize of more than $200,000, a gold medal, and others.

Shin, an internationally recognized pioneer and leader in real-time computing and control, is featured in the most recent issue of the EECS News. See an advance copy of the article. His recent work is breaking ground in the areas of computation and networking security.

Software Consultant

Company or Institution: Princeton Consultants

Location: NYC and Princeton, NJ

Job Description:

Join Princeton Consultants

About us

Princeton Consultants is a well-known consulting firm with offices in New York City and Princeton, New Jersey. We specialize in Information Technology and Management Consulting and have immediate openings for lead developers/consultants to join our permanent, salaried, full-time staff.

Why Consulting?

Most of our consultants either considered or pursued careers in academics, government, and the non-profit sector prior to starting their careers with Princeton Consultants. While reasons for choosing this profession vary, new hires often marvel at the refreshingly rewarding and challenging nature of consulting. Indeed, tackling new problems and developing unique solutions in a highly collaborative and dynamic work environment is what being a Princeton Consultant is all about.

What does the job entail?

As a consultant, you will work out of one of our offices, or at the client site. Project teams are composed of intelligent, fast-paced people who accept personal responsibility for specific project deliverables. Our team sizes generally vary from three to eight people depending on the complexity and scope of the assignment.

As a Princeton Consultant, you will generate code and design business processes that will immediately be implemented in major Fortune 500 corporations.

What is Princeton Consultants looking for?

On the cutting edge of IT development, Princeton Consultants is looking for individuals who are, or desire to be, expert programmers, enjoy writing leading-edge business software, and thrive working in small project teams with the best and the brightest.

We view self-discipline, energy and a strong sense of team spirit as being more important than specific skill sets. It has been our experience that the best consultants are multi-faceted and multi-disciplinary.

Is Princeton Consultants the right fit for you?

If you are looking for a company that is dedicated to the highest quality in software development AND the best in high-end strategy, process, and organizational consulting, you may be looking for Princeton Consultants. We are seeking candidates who:

Are recent graduates (BS, BA, MS or PhD) with a strong academic record from top academic institutions, preferably with a computer science, engineering, math, or physics degree

Have 2+ years experience in the latest software environments (C++, Java, C#, .NET), or a strong aptitude for and interest in learning one of these

Have software project management experience and/or an aptitude for leadership

Have excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills

Have superior design skills, exude a highly professional image, and are able to comfortably interact with managers and executives at all levels in major corporations

Are committed to finding more than a heads down programming job

What benefits does Princeton Consultants offer?

At Princeton, we maintain a dedicated and motivated staff by providing clear advancement opportunities, annual bonuses, and bi-annual salary reviews. From the start, we offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package, including:

Company-paid health, life and LTD insurance

401(K) with company match and 5% of salary profit sharing

Paid vacation/sick, maternity and family leave

Overnight travel bonus

For more information, please visit our website at http://join.princeton.com.

To apply

Send your resume, including salary history, and a cover letter to:

Jim Weitzul. Ph.D.
Director of Recruiting

More about Princeton Consultants from Consulting Magazine:

"When consulting firms say they hire only the best and brightest, they are usually engaging in a bit of hyperbole. Not so at Princeton Consultants. This firm has built a strong practice and even stronger reputation by hiring bright minds from top-notch universities and putting them to work at solving business problems. Never mind recently minted MBAs from the top five business schools, Princeton's consulting talent comes via the Ph.D. programs in nuclear physics, chemistry, and other specialties at universities like Princeton, Yale, Oxford, Stanford, MIT, and Harvard." [Full Story]

Jarrod Roy Receives Predoctoral Fellowship

Jarrod Roy, graduate student in Computer Science and Engineering, received a 2006 Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship. The Predoctoral Fellowship is one of the Rackham Graduate School's most prestigious awards. It is awarded to outstanding students who have advanced to candidacy and are working to finish their degree.


The EECS Department is pleased to offer the 2006 Spring/Summer Undergraduate Research Program. This program provides support to undergraduate students for three months during the spring/summer term to work with a faculty member on a research project of mutual interest. Deadline to apply is Friday, February 24, 2006. See the description of projects available.

Programmer Analyst

Company or Institution: U-M Credit Union

Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Job Description:

University of Michigan Credit Union, a 350 million dollar financial institution serving the University of Michigan community and the greater Washtenaw County area is looking for a Programmer Analyst.

Basic duties will be as follows: Programming tasks will primarily fall into report generation using a custom query language similar to SQL, and web-based scripting using Perl. Basic working knowledge of a UNIX based environment is essential. vbScripting knowledge a plus. Candidate must feel confident in taking programming projects from design stage through documentation and testing without significant amounts of outside assistance. If interested candidate will also have an opportunity to explore some Network administration areas as their experience within the organization grows.

Please forward resume, cover letter, and salary requirements in txt format to stevel@umcu.org

Speeding Up Access to the Web

WebBee, a technology developed by Associate Professor Sugih Jamin, accelerates Web access to unprecedented speeds on hand-held devices, such as cell phones. The technology has the potential to revolutionize the way people on-the-move use the Internet. (Read More)

Watch the video. (QuickTime 40 MB) [Full Story]

Electrical Engineering Intern

Company or Institution: Mobius Microsystems

Location: Detroit, MI

Job Description:

Mobius has an immediate need for an engineering intern in its downtown Detroit office. Responsibilities include:

Aid in the development of next-generation clock technology
Characterize circuits over temperature and voltage
Design printed circuit boards and other test fixtures


The student should have completed basic circuits courses and have basic knowledge of lab equipment such as oscilloscopes and power supplies. Experience in printed circuit board layout, VLSI layout and Visual Basic programming is helpful but is not a prerequisite.

Term and Wages: temporary; competitive hourly rate

Availability: immediate

About Mobius:

Mobius Microsystems develops leading-edge semiconductor clock circuits for various digital applications. Mobius grew out of research at the University of Michigan and has offices in Detroit and Sunnyvale, California. The downtown Detroit office is a 5-minute walk from Comerica Park. For more information, see our website: http://www.mobiusmicro.com.

Contact: email Gordy Carichner at carichner@mobiusmicro.com [Full Story]

NSF Names Daniel Atkins to Head New Office of Cyberinfrastructure

Prof. Atkins is affiliated with both the EECS Department, and the School of Information, for which he was founding Dean.

See the press release by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

MEMS-Graduate Technical Intern

Company or Institution: Intel Research, Intel Corp

Location: Santa Clara, CA

Job Description:

The graduate technical intern will work in the mechanical design of Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) inertial sensors. He/she will design, simulate, layout, and test MEMS inertial sensors. A graduate level student with in-depth understanding of solid mechanics and dynamics is required. Also, significant experience with finite element modeling and analysis software is required. Experiences with mask layout and MEMS fabrication processes are desirable. Applicant, who can work full year, is in a high consideration.
Contact: Dr. Li-Peng Wang; email: li-peng.wang@intel.com

MEMS - Graduate Technical Intern

Company or Institution: Microsystems Technology, Intel Corp

Location: Santa Clara, CA

Job Description:

The technical intern will work in the MEMS Design Group to characterize MEMS components and modules at both wafer and package level. He/she will develop electrical/mechanical testing methodology to quantify lifetime of MEMS switches and factors affecting their lifetimes to improve yield and reliability. He/she will work with RF design engineers to characterize filters and transmission line. Also, he/she will work with packaging engineers to improve and optimize electrical performance of hermetic package for MEMS components. An experienced undergrad or graduate level student with background in MEMS design/fabrication/characterization and RF transmission theory is required. Also, efficiency in lab equipment controls and experimental data analysis is required.
Time: Spring 2006 (openings also available for Summer and Fall 2006)
Contact: Dr. John Heck; email: john.heck@intel.com

U-M Amateur Radio Club Will Attempt Contact with Expedition Group on Peter I Island

Join the U-M Amateur Radio Club (UMARC), based in 4436 EECS, as they attempt to establish contact with a DXpedition group on Peter I Island between February 8th - 24th. UMARC invites all students, faculty, and staff with any interest in radio communication to join them.
Additional Information

Prof. Laird Receives Service Excellence Award

Prof. John Laird has been selected to receive a College of Engineering Service Excellence Award for 2005-06. His service as Associate Chair of the Computer Science and Engineering Division, between the years 2000-2004, was exemplary, and came at a time of major transformation and growth, including an important period of faculty hiring for which he served as the Search Committee Chair. In addition, Prof. Laird was very active in the construction of the new CSE Building, helping to define the project, work with the architects, and assist with countless details throughout its construction. Professor Laird will receive his award at the College of Engineering Faculty Honors and Awards Dinner Dance on March 25, 2006.

Programmer Job Opening

Company or Institution: PageBites

Job Description:

PageBites is a job and resume search engine. Learn more here: http://www.pagebites.com/.

Smart and hard-working programmers who want to help us improve PageBites.
We want someone who can join our team immediately.
You must have (or be working towards) a degree in Computer Science.

We are willing to pay you $100 to interview with us.

Upload your resume to PageBites. You can sign up for an account here:
Send us an email at jobs@pagebites.com with a link to your resume and the subject line: "I want to work at PageBites."
We will select qualified candidates for a phone screen. If you pass the phone screen, we will bring you in for an interview and pay you $100.

Salary, stock, and a $20,000 signing bonus. [Full Story]

Ed Nightingale selected as Microsoft Research Fellow

Congratulations! to Ed Nightingale who was selected as a Microsoft Research Fellow for the next two years. Competition for the Fellowship was extremely intense with over 150 very highly qualified applicants for 22 awards. [Full Story]

HKN Receives the Outstanding Chapter Award (OCA) for 2004-05

The Beta Epsilon chapter of Eta Kappa Nu, which is U-Mís student chapter of the national Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society, is a recipient of the Outstanding Chapter Award for 2004-05. Student chapters are judged on the basis of their activities to improve professional development, to raise instructional and institutional standards, to encourage scholarship and creativity, and to provide a public service. Shown above are the officers for the Fall 2005 term. Officers are elected each term. A description of some of the activities that our students participate in can be found on page 10 of the 2004 Fall/Winter issue of the EECS Newsletter.

Prof. Michael Wellman Elected ACM Fellow

Professor Michael Wellman has been elected Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), "for contributions to market-based and decentralized computation." He will receive his award at the ACM Awards Banquet, May 20, 2006.

Wellman conducts research in the areas of Artificial Intelligence and Electronic Commerce. He is a member of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.