EECS Alumni Award Winners


Andrew Farah
Andrew Farah
Alumni Society Merit Award – ECEAndrew Farah is currently Chief Technology Architect for Autonomous Vehicles at General Motors. He started his General Motors career in 1984 as a Product Engineer in the Electrical/Electronics Group with the Buick Motor Division in Flint, Michigan. He has also worked for Johnson Controls in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as Manager Electrical/Electronic Vehicle Systems Engineering for their Battery Division.Returning to GM, he subsequently held several leadership positions in the Product Development and Program Management organizations, including Engineering Group Manager of Vehicle Propulsion Engineering for the EV1 Electric Vehicle. In 2001, Farah was named GMNA Director Electrical Development & Validation, and later was responsible for all GM Europe Aftersales Engineering activities as GME Director Aftersales Engineering, located in Rüsselsheim, Germany. In 2007, he was named Vehicle Chief Engineer (VCE) for the Chevrolet Volt.
Nader Behdad
Won-Pyo Hong
ECE Alumni Impact AwardDr. Won-Pyo Hong (MSE PHD EE ’84 ’88) is President of Samsung SDS, a global information technology and services company employing more than 10,000 individuals. He is an established authority and industry leader in IT, mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) space. As President and Chief Marketing Officer of Samsung Electronics, he played a critical role in positioning Samsung as the world’s premiere handset manufacturer and global brand. As Head of Global Product Strategy for the Mobile Communications Business, Dr. Hong introduced the GALAXY franchise to Samsung’s mobile portfolio and established it as the most popular and advanced line of Android products. He managed GALAXY’s design and product specifications, and was responsible for spearheading several industryleading innovations like Super-AMOLED displays, multi-core processors, and LTE-A connectivity.

Dr. Hong is the inaugural recipient of the ECE Alumni Impact Award, which is the highest honor bestowed on ECE alumni by the department.


Nader Behdad
Nader Behdad
ECE Alumni Rising Star AwardBehdad (MS PhD EE ’03 ‘06) is Associate Professor and Harvey D. Spangler Faculty Scholar in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering  at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Behdad has tackled some of the toughest problems in antenna research, designing electrically-small antennas, antenna arrays, microwave metamaterials, and antennas for biomedical applications.


Greg Joswiak
Greg Joswiak
CoE Alumni Society Merit Award Winner for CSEJoswiak (BSE CE ’96) is Vice President of iOS, iPad, and iPhone product marketing for Apple Inc.He began at Apple in June 1986, just two years after the introduction of the Macintosh computer, in Apple’s newly formed support organization for the Mac. In 1997, he went on to lead product marking for the Powerbook line  – a responsibility that grew to encompass all portable products and eventually all hardware products. Over the years his responsibilities grew to include the iPod, iPhone, and iOS operating system.
Meera Sampath
Meera Sampath
CoE Alumni Society Merit Award Winner for ECESampath (PhD EE:S ’95) is Vice President for Innovation and Business Transformation for Xerox, Corp. In 2009, she became the first director of Xerox’s Research Innovation Hub in India where she was responsible for overseeing its creation as well as guiding its research agenda and establishing Open Innovation partnerships. She is a leader in defining Xerox Innovation Group’s expansion strategy in emerging markets. Meera’s dissertation helped launch a new area of research – the diagnosis of discrete event systems.
Michael Stonebraker
Michael Stonebraker
CoE Alumni Medal Award WinnerMichael Stonebraker (MSE EE ’66, PhD CICE ’71) is a researcher at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) who has revolutionized the field of database management systems (DBMSs) and founded multiple successful database companies. He was recently named the 2014 recipient of the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) A.M. Turing Award, often referred to as “the Nobel Prize of computing.”
David Tarver
W. David Tarver
CoE Alumni Society Service Award WinnerW. David Tarver (BSE MSE EE ’75, ’76) founded Telecom Analysis Systems Inc., a technology company he sold 12 years later for $30 million. Author of “Proving Ground: A Memoir,” David is a lecturer in the Center for Entrepreneurship and founder of the Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative. He is a member of the ECE Council. 


Ashraf Dahod
CoE Alumni Society Medal AwardAshraf Dahod (BSE EE 72) is co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Altiostar Networks, Inc. He is a serial entrepreneur, founding five companies prior to Altiostar Networks, including Starent Networks, which was sold to Cisco for $2.9B in 2009. He received master’s degrees from Northeastern University, Stanford University and Harvard University (MBA).
Garlin Gilchrist
CoE Recent Engineering Graduate Award WinnerGarlin Gilchrist (BSE CE/CS ’05) is the City of Detroit’s first ever Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement. His job is to open up the city’s public data and information for the consumption and benefit of all Detroiters. A Detroit native, Garlin created Detroit Diaspora, and was formerly the National Campaign Director at He also co-hosted The #WinReport on “The Good Fight,” an award winning, nationally syndicated radio show that was one of Apple’s Best of 2013.
Michael Rhodin
Alumni Society Merit Award – CSEMichael Rhodin (BSE Comp. & Comm. Science ’84) is Senior Vice President for Watson, one of IBM’s most significant innovations in the company’s 100-year history. Watson is charged with accelerating a new class of software, services, and apps that think, learn, and will fuel a diverse cloud-based ecosystem of enterprises, tech companies, and entrepreneurs.Before heading up Watson, Mike led IBM’s Software Solutions Group delivering industry-specific solutions in high-growth areas such as Business Analytics, Smarter Commerce, Smarter Cities, and Social Business. In his 30-year career at IBM, Mike held a number of general management positions including the Software business where he led the introduction of IBM’s social business platform, which IDC has deemed #1 for four years in a row. Mike joined IBM in 1984 after graduating from Michigan. He currently serves on the CSE Division’s National Advisory Board.
Rick Wallace
Alumni Society Merit Award – ECERick Wallace (BSE EE ’82) serves as the CEO and president of KLA-Tencor Corporation as well as a member of the company’s board of directors. He began as an applications engineer at KLA Instruments in 1988, and has held various general management positions throughout his 27-year tenure with the company. Earlier in his career, he held positions with Ultratech Stepper and Cypress Semiconductor.Wallace currently serves on the boards of directors for NetApp, Inc., a data management solutions company and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, an organization focused on issues, programs and campaigns that affect the economic health and quality of life in the Silicon Valley.

Wallace earned his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and his Master of Science degree in engineering management from Santa Clara University.


Peter Lee
Alumni Society Merit Award – CSEPeter Lee is Corporate Vice President, Head of Microsoft Research. Previously, he was the head of the Transformational Convergence Technology Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the chair of the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University. His research focuses on software security and reliability.
Babak Parviz
Alumni Society Merit Award – ECEBabak Parviz is the Vice President of Amazon. Previously, he led development of Google Glass, the wearable computing system that is nearing wide public release, and worked on potentially life-changing glucose monitoring contact lenses.


Steve Mollenkopf
Alumni Society Merit Award – ECESteve Mollenkopf is chief executive officer of Qualcomm Incorporated. Mollenkopf began his Qualcomm career as an engineer and, for more than 20 years, has helped define and implement Qualcomm’s strategy and technologies. He also serves on the company’s board of directors.


Krisztian Flautner
Alumni Society Merit Award – CSEFormerly ARM’s R&D head, Kristztian Flautner now leads the British semiconductor and software design company’s Internet of Things division to build a world of connected devices that sip nanowatts of power, with chips as small as specks of dust. Krisztián is currently appointed to U-M as a visiting scholar.
Daniel Moloney
Alumni Society Merit Award – ECEDaniel Moloney is Former President of Motorola Mobility. During his 29 years at Motorola, he has been at the forefront of key technological breakthroughs that include building some of the biggest cable systems in the U.S., pioneering digital TV and HDTV, introducing analog set-tops with third-party applications, and launching home automation’s first commercial-scale deployment.


Mark Abel
Alumni Society Merit Award – CSEMark Abel is the Associate General Manager of Software Services and Director of Pathfinding at Intel. In his over 20 years at Intel, Mr. Abel’s teams have won or shared Intel’s highest honor, the Intel Achievement Award, seven times for the creation of new technologies and new businesses for Intel, including the invention and delivery of technologies that have shipped in over a billion PCs.
Syed Ali
Alumni Society Merit Award – ECESyed Ali is Chairman, President, CEO, and Founder of Cavium Networks. Cavium successfully offloaded all the heavy computational work for Internet security onto silicon, which had not been done before.


Peter S. Fuss
Alumni Society MedalPeter Fuss is the former President of Tellabs International, Inc., which he established in 1987 as a subsidiary of Tellabs, Inc. Tellabs International is responsible for all Tellabs operations outside of North America.Tellabs, Inc. is a leading international manufacturer of voice and data communication equipment.


Frederick “Rick” W.W. Bolander
Alumni Society Merit Award – ECERick Bolander is co-founder and Managing Director of Gabriel Venture Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm that seeks to build innovative, profitable and sustainable companies in the technology and cleantech sectors. During his venture career, he has been involved in more than 50 venture deals and has led over $100 million in early-stage financings.
Timothy Howes
Alumni Society Merit Award – CSETimothy Howes is the co-inventor of the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP),[1] the Internet standard for accessing directory servers. The main purpose was to handle situations that the X.500 protocol suite could not address.


Nick N. Yang
Alumni Society Recent Engineering Graduate AwardNick Yang works as an investor, and has a long history as a successful entrepreneur. He was the founder and first president of the China Leading Young Angel Investor Association. Yang co-founded theKongZhong Corporation, and served as Vice Chairman of its Board of Directors. He also co-founded the successful company ChinaRen Inc.


Usama Fayyad
Alumni Society Merit Award – CSEUsama Fayyad is Yahoo!’s chief data officer and executive vice president of Research & Strategic Data Solutions. Fayyad is responsible for Yahoo!’s overall data strategy, architecting Yahoo!’s data policies and systems, prioritizing data investments, and managing the Company’s data analytics and data processing infrastructure.
Ernest S. Kuh
Alumni Society MedalErnest Kuh received his SM in EE from MIT in 1950, and his PhD in EE from Stanford University in 1952. He worked for Bell Telephone before returning to California as a faculty member at UC-Berkeley. He went on to serve as Chair of the EECS department, Dean of the College of Engineering, and is currently the William S. Floyd Emeritus Professor in Engineering.


Jerry Levin
Alumni Society Distinguished Service AwardJerry Levin is Chairman and CEO of JW Levin Partners LLC, which specializes in rebuilding branded consumer products and service companies. Levin charted the course for American Household, Inc. (formerly Sunbeam), as the company’s chairman and CEO.
Nino Masnari 
Alumni Society Merit Award – ECENino Masnari is Dean Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NC State University. He was previously a faculty member (1969-1979) and Director of the Electron Physics Laboratory (1977-79) at The University of Michigan.
Michael S. McCorquodale
Alumni Society Recent Engineering Graduate Award
Michael McCorquodale was recently named General Manager, Silicon Frequency Control Business Unit, Communications Division, for Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (ITD). Formerly he was CTO and founder of Mobius Microsystems.


Kevin O’Connor
Alumni Society Distinguished Service AwardKevin O’Connor helped create DoubleClick Inc., a technology company that develops powerful tools which advertisers, direct marketers and Web publishers use to plan, execute and analyze marketing programs. O’Connor co-founded DoubleClick in 1996 in his basement with two people; the company soon grew into a global corporation and was acquired by Google in 2008.


John Seely Brown
Alumni Society MedalJohn Seely Brown is a researcher who specializes in organizational studies with a particular bent towards the organizational implications of computer-supported activities. During the 1980’s, he was an influential director of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, and later chief scientist at Xerox Corp
Randal E. Bryant
Alumni Society Merit Award – CSERandal Bryant is Dean of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He has conducted pioneering research on methods for verifying digital hardware, and more recently, software as well.
Mehdi Hatamian
Alumni Society Merit Award – ECEMehdi Hatamian is  VP of Engineering for DSP Microelectronics, Broadcom Corporation, and a recognized expert in high-speed VLSI signal processing, image processing and compression, full-custom and low-power circuit and architec­ture design, Gigabit Ethernet transceiver design, high-density deep sub-micron CMOS design, and biomedical electronics.


Lee Boysel
Alumni Society Merit Award – ECELee Boysel headed the team that created the first single-chip CPU microprocessor. The legacy of his work is packaged into every computer, car, toaster and virtually anything else controlled by a silicon chip.
Nancy Benovich Gilby
Alumni Society Merit Award – CSENancy Benovich Gilby is the U-M School of Information’s first Ehrenberg Director of Entrepreneurship. In this position, she is developing the school’s entrepreneurial curriculum for the new Bachelor of Science in Information program.
Alan Steremberg
Alumni Society Recent Engineering Graduate Award
Alan Steremberg is co-founder and President of Weather Underground, Inc., a highly successful venture supplying many newspapers and television stations with their weather forecasting data.


George I. Haddad
Alumni Society Merit Award – ECEGeorge Haddad is a Professor Emeritus in U-M EECS. His long career at EECS included time as director of both the Solid-State Electronics Laboratory and the Center for High-Frequency Microelectronics and two terms as department chair.
G. Robert Malan
Alumni Society Recent Engineering Graduate AwardG. Robert Malan co-founded Arbor Networks, a leading provider of network security and monitoring solutions for global networks.
Robert D. Scott
Alumni Society Distinguished Service AwardRobert Scott worked for Procter & Gamble in a career that spanned nearly 30 years and the globe. He worked in virtually every business area within P&G, implementing information systems and integrating new business units.
Daniel P. Siewiorek
Alumni Society Merit Award – CSEDaniel Siewiorek is director of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, and Buhl University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.


Fred Leonberger
Alumni Society Merit Award – ECEFred Leonberger is founder and principal of EOvation Technologies LLC. Leonberger founded the technology advisory firm EOvation Technologies in 2003, after retiring from JDS Uniphase (JDSU) as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer.
Jennifer Rexford
Alumni Society Recent Engineering Graduate Award
Jennifer Rexford is the Gordon Y. S. Wu Professor in Engineering at Princeton University. Her research focuses on computer networking, and in particular network routing, measurement, and management.
John Sanguinetti
Alumni Society Merit Award – CSEJohn Sanguinetti is co-founder and CTO of Forte Design Systems. Sanguinetti has been a pioneer in the field of computer science, particularly in the areas of computer architecture, performance analysis, and design verification.


David J. DeWitt
Alumni Society Merit Award – CSEDavid DeWitt  is John P. Morgridge Professor of Computer Sciences at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Prof. DeWitt conducts research in the area of database system design. He has done seminal work in information mining, and was co-inventor of the “Wisconsin Benchmark,” now used as a standard test for relational database systems.
Tony Fadell
Alumni Society Recent Engineering Graduate AwardTony Fadell is an inventor, designer, entrepreneur, and angel investor. He served as the Senior Vice President of the iPod Division at Apple Inc., from March 2006 to November 2008 and is known as “one of the fathers of the iPod” for his work on the first generations of Apple’s music player. In May 2010, he founded Nest Labs, which announced its first product, the Nest Learning Thermostat, in October 2011. Nest was acquired by Google in January 2014 for $3.2B. Since early 2015, he is leading the Google Glass division.
Jack L. Walker
Alumni Society Merit Award – ECEJack Walker is an acknowledged expert in synthetic aperture radar (SAR), which enables observations of Earth from space. He devised the mathematical formulation and optical processing for the highest resolution form of SAR, known as spotlight mode; his research has had profound implications for the security and defense of the United States.


Eric M. Aupperle (1935-2015)
Alumni Society MedalEric Aupperle was the renowned president of Merit Network and a Research Scientist Emeritus at U-M EECS. His work with the computer research network played a contributing role in the development of the Internet.
Michael Stonebraker
Alumni Society Merit Award – CSEMichael Stonebraker is world renowned in the area of relational database research and technology. Through a series of academic prototypes and commercial startups, Stonebraker’s research and products are central to many relational database systems on the market today. He is currently an adjunct professor at MIT.
Robert J. Trew
Alumni Society Merit Award – ECERobert Trew is an Alton and Mildred Lancaster Distinguished Professor and the Department Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University. Dr. Trew has led a varied and distinguished life as a professor, administrator, and public servant.


Kevin O’Connor
Alumni Society Merit Award – CSEKevin O’Connor helped create DoubleClick Inc., a technology company that develops powerful tools which advertisers, direct marketers and Web publishers use to plan, execute and analyze marketing programs. O’Connor co-founded DoubleClick in 1996 in his basement with two people; the company soon grew into a global corporation and was acquired by Google in 2008.
Larry Page
Alumni Society Recent Engineering Graduate AwardLarry Page is the co-founder of Google, and current CEO of the revolutionary search company’s parent, Alphabet Inc. He invented the PageRank, Google’s best-known search ranking algorithm. As of November 2014, Google has 55,600 employees and operates in more than 40 countries.
Rob A. Rutenbar
Alumni Society Merit Award – ECERob Rutenbar is Stephen J. Jatras Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and Director of the Center for Circuits, Systems, and Software.


Richard Crandall (1947-2012)
Alumni Society Merit Award – ECERichard Crandall made substantial contributions to computational number theory. He was most notable for the development of the irrational base discrete weighted transform, an important method of finding very large primes.
Bruce Nourse
Alumni Society Merit Award – CSE
Irma Wyman
Alumni Society MedalIrma Wyman was one of the early few to experiment with a “programmable computer.” She rose to become the first female vice president of Honeywell, Inc., a Fortune 100 company. She retired in 1990 and almost immediately was ordained in the Episcopal Church. After serving the last 10 years as Archdeacon of the Diocese of Minnesota, she is now fully retired.


Fred Gibbons
Alumni Society Merit Award – EECSFred Gibbons is founder and CEO of Venture-Concept, a high-tech venture capital firm. In 1981, Gibbons started his first company, Software Publishing Corporation, which produced classic productivity software for first-time users.
Bill Joy
Alumni Society MedalBill Joy co-founded Sun Microsystems, and served as chief scientist of the company until 2003. He played an integral role in the early development of BSD UNIX while a graduate student at Berkeley, and he is the original author of the vi text editor.


Bernard Lacroute
Alumni Society Merit Award – EECSBernard Lacroute designed VAX, the first 32-bit minicomputer, while working for Digital Equipment. He joined Sun Microsystems in 1983 as its first Executive Vice President of Engineering and helped develop the then-new concept of desktop computers, turning Sun into a multi-billion dollar powerhouse. Today, Lacroute works at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), a high-tech venture-capital firm in Silicon Valley.
James Mellor
Alumni Society Medal
James Mellor worked as CEO and Chairman of General Dynamics Corporation until 1997. General Dynamics has been a major asset to America and its allies, making advances in aerospace and aircraft design; in sophisticated combat systems; in information systems and technology; and in military and commercial marine systems submarines and surface vessels.



Jerry Levin
Alumni Society Merit Award – EECSJerry Levin is Chairman and CEO of JW Levin Partners LLC, which specializes in rebuilding branded consumer products and service companies. Levin charted the course for American Household, Inc. (formerly Sunbeam), as the company’s chairman and CEO.
John Tishman
Alumni Society MedalJohn Tishman is the chairman and CEO of the Tishman Realty & Construction Corporation, a giant in the world of construction and the development of innovative building technologies.


Clement Arrison Jr.
Alumni Society Merit Award – EECS


David Liddle
Alumni Society Merit Award – EECSDavid Liddle has spent his career developing technologies for interaction and communication between people and computers in activities spanning research, development, management and entrepreneurship. He joined U.S. Venture Partners in January 2000, after retiring as president and chief executive officer of Interval Research Corporation, a laboratory and new business incubator in Silicon Valley.


Peter S. Fuss
Alumni Society Merit Award – EECSPeter Fuss is the former President of Tellabs International, Inc., which he established in 1987 as a subsidiary of Tellabs, Inc. Tellabs International is responsible for all Tellabs operations outside of North America.Tellabs, Inc. is a leading international manufacturer of voice and data communication equipment.


David Messerschmitt
Alumni Society Merit Award – EECSDavid Messerschmitt is an Emeritus Professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at U-C, Berkeley, where he also served as Department Chair. He is a renowned researcher in the field of telecommunications, and author of several textbooks in the areas of networking, digital communications, and software.


Samuel Fuller
Alumni Society Merit Award – EECSSamuel Fuller served as a Vice President of Research and Development at Analog Devices Inc. since March 1998 and its Chief Technology Officer since March 2006. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering.


Joseph E. Rowe (1927-2002)
Alumni Society Merit Award – EECSJoseph Rowe joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1953. He became Director of the Electron Physics Laboratory in 1958, a position he held for ten years until he was named Chair of EECS. Under his leadership, the Electron Physics Laboratory became one of the premier laboratories on campus and was the forerunner of the Solid-State Electronics Laboratory.

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