Students 2019




I was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Currently I am a fourth year student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department, studying in the Industrial Control Engineering stream.

I have come here to the University of Michigan via the AURA program to study and accumulate research experience that would definitely help in the coming years when I am going to work on my thesis before graduating and PhD research after graduating. I am now associated with a research called ‘Development of Electric Machine Control System’.

Advisor: Heath Hofmann




I am studying Electrical and Computer engineering at Addis Ababa Institute of technology. I am going to graduate next year, in 2020. This year, I am in the University of Michigan as an intern to participate in the research program called Small scaled sensor system.

Advisor: David Blaauw




I am a 4th-year Mechanical Engineering student at Addis Ababa Institute of Technology (Ethiopia) and a current research assistant at the University of Michigan within the AURA Program. Currently, I am working on the Design and Fabrication of Bio-inspired Small-scale Reconfigurable Robots that can swim and crawl using smart materials.

Starting from my childhood, my dream has been to contribute to the technological development of Ethiopia. The AURA Research Program has given me a chance to challenge my limits; opened a new horizon of thoughts, areas that I can do research on and give back to my community and the world at large.

Advisor: Evgueni Filipov




I am a 4th year Software Engineering undergrad student at Addis Ababa University Institute of Technology. I am here via the AURA program doing summer research internship with Professor Baris Kasikci on Effective Virtualization for Shared Memory FPGA Systems.

Advisor: Baris Kasikci




I'm a rising 5th year Software Engineering major at Addis Ababa Institute of Technology. I came to UoM as part of the AURA program for summer of 2019. I'm working on a project run in collaboration by Computer Science and Engineering(CSE), MLD3 Research Group , and Mechanical Engineering, Sienko Research Group. It's called "Machine Learning for Data Driven Decision". My primary focus is on detecting/classifying Loss of Balance events using data from small wearable Inertial Measurement Units(IMUs). I've got a glimpse of what's like being a Ph.D student and huge experience in doing a research

Advisor: Kathleen Sienko




I am a software Engineering major at Addis Ababa Institute of Technology (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia). I am currently a fourth year student looking to graduate on June 2020.

I am currently taking part in the African Undergraduate Research Adventure (AURA) program at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI, USA). I am working on two projects. One is Security With Ambiguous Net-list (SWAN): Mitigating Hardware Trojans with Design Ambiguity and the other is Dynamic Repartitioning during Dynamic Graph Execution. This program has given me a chance to be around people that I can look up too. I am brought into an incredible environment were I am able to learn, work hard and also enjoy myself. I hope to use what I learn here for my future.

Advisor: Valeria Bertacco




I am from Ethiopia and I am a fourth year student in Addis Ababa Institute of Technology, in the department of Electrical and Computer engineering, Communication engineering Stream. I came to UMich as part of a summer research program called AURA. Currently I am working on two projects called Dynamic Re-partitioning During Dynamic Graph Execution(DREDGE) and Security With Ambiguous Netlist(SWAN). They are hardware based solutions to the specific problems they are both addressing.

Advisor: Valeria Bertacco




I am a rising 5th year Software Engineering student in Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I came to University of Michigan as a participant of AURA program. I will be staying for 2019 summer time. The project I am working on in UoM is, feature optimization for Detecting Loss of Balance using wearable inertial measurement units (IMU), in collaboration with Mechanical department, Sienko Research Group led by Prof. Kathleen Sinko and Computer Science and Engineering department, MLD Research Group led by Prof. Jenna Wiens.

Advisor: Jenna Wiens




I am a 4th year Electrical and Computer Engineering student at Addis Ababa institute of Technology. I am from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I am majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering. My field of specialization is Control Engineering. With my research mentor, Necmiye Ozay, I am working on the research project, Fault-tolerant path planning for quadrotors.

Advisor: Necmiye Ozay




I am a Software engineering Student at Addis Ababa Institute of Technology and I will be graduating by summer 2020.

I am part of the Summer-2019 African Undergraduate Research Adventure (AURA) program and I am working on a computer security project called Morpheus which is aimed at developing a secure

processor based on moving target defenses and Churn with Professor Todd Austin. It has been an amazing experience so far working in a new environment and culture alongside very supportive scholars from all over the world.

This was the perfect opportunity I needed to advance in my career . Ann Arbor is also a peaceful and beautiful city

Advisor: Todd Austin