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ECE student receives the 2015 Brown Foundation-Earl Rudder Memorial Outstanding Student Award

Michael Bass, an undergraduate student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, received the 2015 Brown Foundation-Earl Rudder Memorial Outstanding Student Award.

Through a gift from the Brown Foundation of Houston, the Brown Foundation-Earl Rudder Outstanding Student Award was established to honor the memory of the late President Earl Rudder and to provide public recognition to the outstanding senior students graduating each year from Texas A&M. Each college may nominate up to two students to be considered by a special committee appointed by the president. From the nominations, the committee selects two award recipients on the basis of academic achievement, leadership, extracurricular activities, community service and dedication to Texas A&M.

Bass enjoyed many Aggie traditions, including Midnight Yell, Aggie Muster and the Aggie Ring. He also started a new Texas A&M tradition called the Layne’s Challenge, a triathlon combining running, biking and eating fried chicken. The Layne’s Challenge is now a student organization at Texas A&M and raises money for the Brazos Valley Food Bank.

Bass will continue his studies at Texas A&M as Ph.D. student in the department under the advisement of Dr. Sunil Khatri.

Computer Engineering Alumnus Shiyan Hu named the prestigious ACM Distinguished Speaker

Computer Engineering Alumnus Shiyan Hu, who is currently an Associate Professor at Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan Tech, has been named an Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Distinguished Speaker. ACM is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, and its Distinguished Speaker Program brings distinguished speakers from academia, industry, and government to ACM members as well as the general computing community for the dissemination of the state-of-the-art research. ACM Distinguished Speaker Program recognizes the leading experts in ACM and sponsors them for their lectures. Each distinguished speaker serves a three-year term. Prof. Hu will deliver the speech in the fields of Computer Aided Design for VLSI Circuits and Cyber-Physical Systems.

Prof. Hu obtained his Ph.D. at Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2008 and he is currently an Associate Professor at Michigan Tech, and also serving as Director of the Michigan Tech Cyber-Physical System Research Group, Co-Director of Michigan Tech Institute of Computing and Cybersystems, and Director of the Michigan Tech VLSI CAD Research Lab. He has been a Visiting Professor at IBM Research (Austin) during Summer 2010, and he will be a Visiting Associate Professor at Stanford University later this year.

His research interests include Computer-Aided Design of VLSI Circuits, Embedded Systems, Cyber-Physical Systems and Smart Home Cybersecurity, where he has published over 80 refereed papers (including 30+ in journals). He is a recipient of ACM SIGDA Richard Newton DAC Scholarship, a recipient of Faculty Invitation Fellowship from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and a recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award.

Prof. Hu is an Associate Editor/Guest Editor for 5 IEEE/ACM Transactions including IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems, IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE Transactions on CAD, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics and ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems. He has served as General Chair, Technical Program Committee (TPC) Chair, TPC Subcommittee Chair, Session Chair, and TPC Member for various conferences for more than 70 times, which include the TPC Subcommittee Chair for the premier conferences IEEE/ACM Design Automation Conference (DAC) in 2014 and 2015, and IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD) in 2011. He is a Senior Member of IEEE.

Prof. Hu’s research has been highlighted in various public media such as CBS, IEEE Spectrum, Communications of ACM, Science Daily, PC World, Daily News and Biotech Daily. His ultra fast slew buffering technique has been widely deployed in industry. As an example, it became a default option in the IBM physical design flow used for designing over 50 microprocessors and ASIC chips including IBM flagship chips POWER 7 and 8. His microfluidic biochip physical design research was featured in the Front Cover of the premier IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience in March 2014. He was among 62 researchers invited from the European Union and the United States to attend the EU-US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium of National Academy of Engineering in 2014.