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What does Duo Security's sale mean for the Ann Arbor area and its tech industry?

This article summarizes the viewpoints of a number of people in Ann Arbor's tech scene -- including Prof. Jason Mars -- on the ramifications of the recent purchase of Ann Arbor unicorn Duo Security by Cisco. Duo was founded by CSE alumni Dug Song and Jon Oberheide; Mars is the co-founder of Ann Arbor AI startup Clinc. [Full Story]

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Alumnus Rick Mario Riolo: In Memoriam

Rick Riolo, Research Professor Emeritus of the University of Michigan Center for the Study of Complex Systems, has been one of the most visible and influential researchers, mentors, and instructors in the interdisciplinary field of complex adaptive systems for four decades. The author of more than 80 papers, Riolo made substantial methodological and applied contributions. [Full Story]

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Alumnus Garlin Gilchrist named as running mate for Michigan Governor race

Garlin Gilchrist (BSE CE CS 2005) was named as running mate by Gretchen Whitmer in her bid for the Michigan Governorship. [Full Story]

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Darlene Phillips appointed to U.S. DOE Advisory Committee

Darlene Phillips (BSE EE 1993), Director of Strategic Policy and External Affairs for PJM Interconnection, was appointed to the U.S. Department of Energy's Electricity Advisory Committee. [Full Story]

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MoSys, Inc. Appoints Daniel Lewis as President and CEO

Daniel Lewis (BSE EE 1971) was appointed President and CEO of MoSys, a semiconductor company that develops solutions for data path connectivity, speed, and intelligence. [Full Story]

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Appier Strengthens AI Team with New Chief Artificial Intelligence Scientist

Dr. Min Sun (PhD EE:S 2012) joined Appier, an artificial intelligence (AI) company, as its first Chief Artificial Intelligence Scientist. Sun will focus on building AI systems for enterprise applications. [Full Story]

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Two-wheeled teacher

Levi Weintraub (BSE CS 06) has lived on two wheels for close to two years now, putting his incredibly accomplished tech career on hold for an epic trans-African journey thats stoking his passion for travel and educating a cohort of aspiring African tech professionals. [Full Story]

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Heartland Tech Weekly: How Duo Security built a $2.35 billion company in Ann Arbor

Venture Beat reports on Ann Arbor unicorn Duo Security's sale to Cisco. It quotes company cofounder Dug Son (CS BS 1997) on why he and cofounder Jon Oberheide (CSE PhD 2011) made the sale, the future for Duo, and the impact expected for the Ann Arbor tech scene. [Full Story]

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Cisco is buying Duo Security for $2.35B in cash

Cisco today announced its intention to buy Ann Arbor, MI-based security firm, Duo Security. Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco is paying $2.35 billion in cash and assumed equity awards for Duo. Duo Security was founded in 2010 by Dug Song (BS CS ) and Jonathan Oberheide (BS, MS, PhD CSE , , ) and went on to raise $121.M through several rounds of funding. The company has 700 employees with offices throughout the United States and in London, though the company has remained headquartered in Ann Arbor. [Full Story]

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Rick Flores leads a partnership of automakers into the autonomous future

When Rick Flores (MSE Electrical Engineering:Systems 1990) began his career at General Motors, it was still predominantly a mechanical engineering company. Now, he's taking the lead to develop standards for autonomous and connected vehicles with the largest automaker partnership in the world. [Full Story]

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Piston Group Leader Amit Singhi's Four-Point Play to Life

Amit Singhi shifted from engineering into business, but the technical chops from his engineering studies echo through his career. Today, Singhi is Chief Operating & Financial Officer of Piston Group, one of the largest minority-owned automotive suppliers in the country with annual revenues topping $2B. [Full Story]

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University of Michigan to launch new website to help people navigate social media

EECS alumnus Garlin Gilchrist, executive director of the UM Center for Social Media Responsibility, says "it's time to reclaim your space." This is the message behind the center's new Social Integrity website, which is intended to help people to better navigate social media platforms. The site launched June 30. [Full Story]

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Rick Bergman sees that Synaptics stays in touch

ECE alumnus Rick Bergman, CEO of Synaptics, talked to The Mercury News about Synaptics and its evolution into other areas beyond physical touchpads. "At the end of the day, what we like to do is make devices easier to use," said Bergman. Synaptics products are used by Apple, HP, Lenovo, and Samsung, among others. [Full Story]

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Chip designer Ambiq Micro raises $11M of planned $20M offering

Ambiq Micro, cofounded by Scott Hanson (BSE MSE PhD EE), CTO, has cumulatively raised nearly $100 million for its technology that lowers the power requirements for chips. [Full Story]

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The next medical markets of Collin Rich

An expert health sciences entrepreneur, Rich solves critical problems and earns rewards for years of technical risk. He has almost two decades of start-up experience, including co-founding Accuri Cytometers, which Becton Dickinson acquired for $205 million. Now, he's ready to repeat that success. [Full Story]

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Yongjoo Park is runner-up for Jim Gray dissertation award

CSE alumnus and postdoctoral researcher Yongjoo Park (CSE PhD 2017) has been selected as a runner-up for the ACM SIGMOD Jim Gray Doctoral Dissertation Award for his dissertation, "Fast Data Analytics by Learning." [Full Story]

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A Role Model at Raytheon: Katherine Herrick

Alumna Katherine Herrick, Senior Fellow and Chief Engineer at Raytheon, learned both engineering principles and life skills from her mentors. Now, she looks forward to giving back in similar ways. [Full Story]

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Alum startup SambaNova collects $56m in funding for AI chip research

Startup SambaNova Systems, co-founded by alumnus Kunle Olukotun (BSE EE MSE PhD CSE ), earned $56M in its series A funding round to develop a computing platform that may reimagine how we power machine learning and data analytics. [Full Story]

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CSE alum earns IEEE award for pioneering work in CPU design

Alumnus Kunle Olukotun (PhD CSE ) received the IEEE Computer Society's 2018 Harry H. Goode Memorial Award for his innovative work in multi-core processor design. Olukotun is often called "the father of multi-core processors" for his early contributions to this now commonplace technology. [Full Story]

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Alumnus Garlin Gilchrist II serves as inaugural director of U-M Center for Social Media Responsibility

To address the growing concern of fake news, U-M has formed the School of Information Center for Social Media Responsibility, and hired one of President Barack Obama's former social media managers as its director, EECS alumnus Garlin Gilchrist II (BSE CE/CS 05). Gilchrist will ensure that people are connected, informed, empowered, and free to share their ideas on the internet. [Full Story]

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Inaugural ECE Willie Hobbs Moore Alumni Lecture: Dr. Isaac R. Porche III

Dr. Porche (PhD EE:S 1998) was the inaugural speaker for the ECE Willie Hobbs Moore Alumni Lecture. A senior engineer at the RAND Corporation, Porche talks on "Information-Age Conflict" as an expert in cybersecurity. [Full Story]

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Mythic snags $40 million to advance AI chips

Mythic, founded by EECS aIumnus David Fick (CTO) and Mike Henry (CEO), raised $40M in investment to produce custom chips created to power AI applications. The company had its start in the Michigan Integrated Circuits Lab (MICL), where Fick was advised by, and Henry worked with as a postdoctoral researcher for, Profs. David Blaauw and Dennis Sylvester. Among the first employees are alumni Laura Fick and Skylar Skrzyniarz, both also MICL students advised by Blaauw and Sylvester. [Full Story]

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Charles and Patricia Krumm Endow the George I. Haddad Graduate Fellowship Fund

Alumni Charles and Patricia Krumm have established the George I. Haddad Graduate Fellowship Fund to support graduate students in Electrical and Computer Engineering. The endowment fund honors Charles Krumms former doctoral advisor and mentor, Prof. George Haddad, and his contributions to the field of electrical and computer engineering. [Full Story]

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Alumnus Rob Rutenbar receives Phil Kaufman Award for distinguished contributions to electronic system design

Dr. Rob A. Rutenbar (MSE, PhD CICE 1979, 1984), senior vice chancellor for Research at the University of Pittsburgh, has been honored with the Phil Kaufman Award for Distinguished Contributions to Electronic System Design. While at Michigan, we was co-advised by Profs. Daniel E. Atkins and Trevor Mudge. [Full Story]

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CS alum travels Africa by motorcycle, planting the seeds of programming

Levi Weintraub (BSE CS 2006) left his job at Google to travel the world. He has ended up in Tanzania, where he has set up an IT training program. [Full Story]

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The Art of Cyber War with Isaac Porche

Isaac Porche (PhD EE:S 1998) is a senior engineer at the RAND Corporation, where he leads research to help Homeland Security and the government adopt proper cyber security tactics. In this interview, he shares the global state of cyber warfare, the threats to government computer systems, and how his time at Michigan led him to being on the frontlines of technological attacks. [Full Story]

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This Researcher Is Using Brain-Mapping to Improve Anxiety and Depression Treatment for Teens

Anastasia Yendiki (PhD EE:S 2005) talks about her work mapping brain matter to help better treat anxiety and depression in teens in this profile series by InStyle magazine highlighting women "who not only have a voice but defy the irrelevant preconceptions of gender."
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Jordi Ribas: From Video Compression to Leading AI Products at Microsoft

Jordi Ribas (PhD EE:S 1996), Corporate Vice President of AI Products at Microsoft and an ECE Council member, describes utilizing what he learned in electrical engineering and video compression to eventually work and lead one of the largest tech companies' AI Products division. [Full Story]

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Zachary Lemnios: Current and Future Tech at IBM

Zachary Lemnios, VP for Physical Sciences and Government Programs, talks about current and future tech at IBM. Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Lemnios served in the Department of Defense as Chief Technology Officer. [Full Story]

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Andrew Farah: Evolution of a Career, Computers, and Cars

Andrew Farah (BSE CE 1982; MSE Electrical Science 1984), Chief Technology Architect for Autonomous Vehicles at General Motors, talks about the automotive electronics landscape in the last 40 years, from stand-alone micro-controllers to highly distributed networked ecosystems. Nowhere are these changes more evident than as companies move quickly to capitalize on the disruptive opportunities of autonomous vehicles. [Full Story]

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U-M, Cavium partner on big data research computing platform

U-M and Cavium, a provider of semiconductor products founded by Syed Ali (MSE EE 1981), will create a powerful new big data computing cluster available to all U-M researchers. This will enable processing of massive amounts of data generated by remote sensors in distributed manufacturing environments, or by test fleets of automated and connected vehicles. [Full Story]

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Evigia Founder Navid Yazdi Creates Essential Sensor Networks

There is a bit of magic inside all the devices that Navid Yazdi (PhD EE 1999) creates. This magic is what first interested him in electrical engineering, is what he explored during his PhD, and is what drives his work as Founder and CEO of Evigia Systems. [Full Story]

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Footsteps All Her Own: The Unexpected Journey of Father-and-daughter Raytheon Engineers

Katherine Herrick followed many of the footsteps her father has left throughout his engineering career, and now is leaving footsteps of her own at Raytheon. [Full Story]

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Tony Fadell Leaves Silicon Valley Behind

Tony Fadell (BSE CE 1991) searches for investments for his venture firm Future Shape while he continues to build roots in Paris and recommends against Silicon Valley. [Full Story]

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Duo Security raises $70 million at a valuation north of $1 billion

Duo Security, based in Ann Arbor, was founded by alums Jon Oberheide (CSE PhD 2011) and Dug Song (CS BS 1997) in 2009. Congrats to them! [Full Story]

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Jing Xiao Will Lead WPI Robotics Engineering Program

Jing Xiao (MS PHD CICE 1984 1990) will join Worcester Polytechnic Institute in January as Director of the Robotics Engineering Program, which was the first such program when it began in 2007. Xiao is currently Professor of Computer Science at University of North Carolina. [Full Story]

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Claude Shannon: Information Icon

His inventions spanned the spectrum from playful to paramount, from robotic Rubik's cube solvers to a flame-throwing trumpet. [Full Story]

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Ambiq Micro Powers the Latest Huawei Wearables

Scott Hanson (BSE MSE PhD EE), founder and CTO of Ambiq Micro, developed the Apollo2 platform to efficiently run application code and process sensor data with minimal power, allowing for more uses between battery charges. Because of its performance, Huawei uses the Apollo2 in its latest fitness wearables, including the Huawei Band 2 Pro. [Full Story]

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Putting Headphones Back on New iPhones

Dr. Allan Evans (MSE PhD EE 2007 2010), co-founder of Avegant, launched a new Kickstarter project with Eric Migicovsky, the Pebble smartwatch creator. The team created an iPhone battery case with room for the easy-to-lose AirPods. [Full Story]

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Hygieia Expanding Access to Better Insulin Management

After success with patients in Northern Ireland, Hygieia led by CEO Eran Bashan (PhD EE:S 2008) signed an agreement with Spirit Healthcare to offer its digital insulin guidance throughout the United Kingdom. [Full Story]

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CS Alum's Four-Year Journey to Bring Music House to Michigan

CS alumnus Chris Salem (BS CS 2017) has a passion for live music and has been on a quest to create a space for non-music-major student musicians on campus. Formerly the president of student group Stamp Nation, he continues to work with the group's new leaders in attempt to establish a UM Music House. [Full Story]

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Smart Contact Lenses and Eye Implants Will Give Doctors Medical Insights

Microsensors and flexible electronics in smart lenses offer a closer look at diabetes and glaucoma. ECE alum Babak Parviz (MSE PhD EE 1997, 2001) is a pioneer in the area of smart lenses. He worked director at Google and launched the Verily-Alcon smart-lens project, which worked to measure the glucose in tears. [Full Story]

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ECE Alum Steven McLaughlin Named Dean of Engineering at Georgia Tech

Steven W. McLaughlin (PhD EE:S 1992), the Steve Chaddick School Chair and professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech, has accepted the role of Dean in their College of Engineering, effective Sept. 15, 2017. [Full Story]

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Rick Bergman, CEO of Synaptics giving tech a sense of touch

ECE alum Rick Bergman (BSE EE 1986), CEO of Synaptics, is working to make tomorrows technology user friendly, safe, and reliable. The company hopes to lead what they call the human interface revolution, and has over 1900 granted and pending patents for common human interface technologies like touch sensors, display drivers, and biometric sensors. Their track record includes the first touchpad to replace a computer mouse, adopted by Apple in 1994. [Full Story]

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For Jack Schultz, it's good to be back on the golf course

Jack Schultz (BSE CE 2012) of Whitefish Bay, golfer and former Big Ten Freshman of the year at Michigan, quit playing because he developed the driver yips. After a break of several years he has started playing and winning again. [Full Story]

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Peter S. Fuss: From Michigan to Leading a Global Network Technology Company

Peter S. Fuss (BSE EE 1956; MS EE 1960, NYU) was a student at Michigan when drafting classes were mandatory, and computers were made with vacuum tubes. But his solid foundation and curious nature led him to make lasting contributions first at Bell Labs, and then as a founder and president of Tellabs, International, a subsidiary of Tellabs, Inc. [Full Story]

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Peter and Evelyn Fuss Endowed Chair of ECE

Peter and Evelyn Fuss created a Michigan ECE legacy when they endowed the Peter and Evelyn Fuss Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Believing in the power of creativity and quick action, the Fusses wanted to give the department maximum flexibility to respond to new initiatives and special needs wherever and whenever they arose. They are especially interested in expanding student diversity. [Full Story]

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Elmer Gilbert: A Life in Control

Alumnus and former U-M faculty Elmer G. Gilbert (BSE MSE EE ཰ ཱ, PhD Instrumentation Engineering ཱུ) returned to campus in March to deliver a talk about his long career in control systems theory. The talk, called "Reminiscences on My Career in Control," is available to view and has also been transcribed. [Full Story]

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Tencent, Led by Alum Martin Lau, Dominates in China. Next Challenge Is Rest of the World

Martin Lau (BSE EE) is the president of Tencent, the most valuable company in all of Asia. Tencent is the creator of three of the top apps in China (Honor of Kings, WeChat, and QQ), with downloads from 2/3 of the population. As president, Lau is the company's public face and a key business strategist. He joined in 2003 after working as a banker at Goldman Sachs, and earning an MS in EE from Stanford and an MBA from Northwestern. [Full Story]

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CS Alumnae Tara Safavi Chosen for Google Women Techmakers Scholarship

Tara Safavi (BS CS 17) has been selected as a recipient of the Google Women Techmakers Scholarship to continue her studies in computer science and engineering. Tara will return to Michigan this Fall to pursue her PhD in CSE. [Full Story]

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