Glenn L. Martin Professor of Engineering Katepalli R. Sreenivasan (mechanical engineering [ME]/Institute for Physical Science and Technology/physics) was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences on May 1st for his outstanding and longtime research contributions to the fields of fluid turbulence, complex fluids, combustion, cryogenic helium, and nonlinear dynamics.
Reza Ghodssi, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering (ECE) and the Institute for Systems Research (ISR), has been invited by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) to attend the 2007 NAE U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium in September.
Fischell Department of Bioengineering (BioE) Assistant Professor J. Helim Aranda-Espinoza has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. He received the $400,000 award for his proposal, "Mechanotaxis of Axons and Neurons." The knowledge acquired in this research could be used for axon regeneration after trauma in the peripheral and central nervous system.
Assistant Professor Miao Yu (ME/Institute for Systems Research [ISR]) is the recipient of a 2007 NSF CAREER Award for "Biology-Inspired Miniature Optical Directional Microphones: Bridging Biological Systems and Sensor Technology." Yu's research will transfer biology-inspired ideas into smart, small-scale sensors.
Assistant Professor Nuno Martins (ECE/ISR) received a NSF CAREER Award for "Distributed control of dynamic systems using a wireless communication medium: two new paradigms." Martins's research will introduce two new paradigms for designing distributed control systems with wireless communication capabilities.
Assistant Professor André Marshall (fire protection engineering) received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program Award worth $400,000 for his proposal titled "Exploring Jet Fragmentation and Atomization for Combustion and Fire Suppression Systems." In this research, Marshall seeks to characterize the details of the atomization process to advance modeling capabilities for fire suppression and gas turbine combustion systems.
ECE Assistant Professor Thomas E. Murphy was selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to receive a Young Faculty Award. Murphy received the funding for his research project, titled "Linearized Electro-optic Phase Modulation." Murphy's research project seeks to develop a new type of optical modulator that can be used to transmit analog signals over optical fibers, which are lighter, smaller, and less susceptible to electromagnetic interference than conventionally used coaxial cables.
John Baras (ECE/ISR) and his graduate student George Theodorakopoulos were selected to receive the 2007 IEEE Communications Society Leonard G. Abraham Prize in communications systems.
Mark Lewis, professor of aerospace engineering (AE) and chief scientist for the U.S. Air Force, has been selected to receive the 2007 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Energy Systems Award. The award is presented for significant contributions in the field of energy systems, specifically as related to the application of engineering sciences and systems engineering to the production, storage, distribution and conservation of energy. Lewis has also been awarded the prestigious Aviation Week & Space Technology Laureate Award in Aeronautics/Propulsion. This international award honors select individuals and teams who make significant contributions to aviation and aerospace.
Assistant Professor Teng Li (ME) was recently granted the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award. Li is one of only two Maryland faculty nominated by the University to compete for this award in 2007. The Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award provides seed money for research by junior faculty at Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) member institutions.
Professor Aris Christou (materials science and engineering [MSE]/ME/reliability engineering) is the winner of the 2006-2007 ASM International George Kimball Burgess Memorial Award. The award is given to a member of the chapter in recognition of outstanding achievement in research or administration and for original contributions to the fields of metallurgy, materials, or mechanics.
ECE Department Chair Patrick O'Shea, along with lead author Kevin Jensen (Naval Research Laboratory [NRL]/Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics [IREAP]), ECE alumnus Nathan Moody, and Donald Feldman (IREAP), co-authored an award-winning paper titled "A Photoemission Model for Low Work Function Coated Metal Surfaces and Its Experimental Validation" that received the Alan Berman Research Publication Award from the NRL. This award honors superior scientific accomplishments in the field of naval research, and seeks to promote continued research excellence. The research team developed a time-dependent model that accounts for the effects of laser heating and thermal propagation on photo emission.
Professor Anthony Ephremides (ECE/ISR), along with Gam Nguyen and Jeffrey Wieselthier (both of the Naval Research Laboratory), co-wrote a paper titled "Accurate Capture Models and their Impact on Random Access in Multiple-Destination Networks," which also won an Alan Berman Research Publication Award from the NRL. In the paper, the researchers extend existing models to better characterize the impact of the physical layer on random-access performance for both single-destination and multiple-destination networks.
Professor P.S. Krishnaprasad (ECE/ISR) was chosen as the winner of the 2007 Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Control Systems Society Hendrik W. Bode Prize. As this year's recipient, Krishnaprasad will deliver the one-hour Bode Prize Lecture at the 2007 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control. The prize was developed by the IEEE Control Systems Society to recognize distinguished contributions to control systems science or engineering.
ECE Assistant Professor Ankur Srivastava earned a best paper award at the ACM International Symposium on Physical Design for his paper, "Variability-Driven Formulation for Simultaneous Gate Sizing and Post-Silicon Tunability Allocation." The paper, authored by Srivastava and his graduate student advisee, Vishal Khandelwal, proposes the use of tunable clock buffers in computer chips that could be used to fix specification violation problems that arise after silicon is manufactured, due to fabrication randomness.
Associate Professor Peter Sandborn (ME/Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering) earned The Engineering Economist 2006 Best Paper Award for his research "Obsolescence Driven Design Refresh Planning for Sustainment-Dominated Systems," co-authored by Sandborn's former graduate student and 2004 ME alumnus Pameet Singh, Ph.D. The award is given annually by the editors of The Engineering Economist, a joint publication of the Institute of Industrial Engineers' Engineering Economy Division and American Society of Engineering Education's Engineering Economy Division.
Darryll Pines, AE chair and professor, and alumnus Suneel Sheikh (Ph.D. '05, AE) were awarded the Samuel Burka Award for Best Journal Paper of 2006 from the Institute for Navigation. The title of the paper was "Recursive Estimation of Spacecraft Position and Velocity Using X-ray Pulsar Time of Arrival Measurements." Previous winners of this award include the inventors of GPS and inertial navigation.
Lewis E. Link, Jr., senior fellow in civil and environmental engineering (CEE), was presented with Engineering News-Record's Award of Excellence. Link headed the Interagency Performance Evaluation Taskforce that investigated why flood protection systems failed New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.
Professor Ashwani K. Gupta (ME) was elected Director-Technical of the Propulsion & Energy Group of The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Gupta also serves on the AIAA Board of Directors.
Professor Gerald Galloway (CEE) testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on behalf of the American Water Resources Association about global water resources management issues.
Professor Rama Chellappa (ECE/computer science [CS]/University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies [UMIACS]) and ECE Ph.D. student Aravind Sundaresan won the University of Maryland Office of Technology Commercialization Invention of the Year Award in the Information Science category for their invention, "Markerless Motion Capture." This technology has important applications in homeland security initiatives, sports instruction, motion picture animation and simulation, and patient rehabilitation.
Mark Lewis (AE) has been selected as the Willis Young, Jr. Faculty Fellow in Aerospace Engineering. This named faculty fellowship will begin in the Fall of 2007.
Keystone: The Clark School Academy of Distinguished Professors, inducted three new professors and three instructors into the program. The new professors are Sheryl Ehrman (chemical and biomolecular engineering [CBE]), Romel Gomez (ECE) and Jim Duncan (ME). The new instructors are Chandrasekhar Thamire (ME), Robert Bonenberger (MSE) and Kevin Calabro (AE). Keystone ensures that the school's most fundamental courses are taught by its best teachers.
Professor Deborah Goodings (CEE) was selected as an Outstanding Advisor for a Student Organization at the University of Maryland's 26th Annual Awards Program.
James Milke, associate professor and associate chair of fire protection engineering (FPE), was selected as the TIAA-CREF "Top Terp" Grand Prize Winner for 2007. He was nominated for the honor by recent FPE alumnus Andrew Neviackas '06. The Top Terp Award recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in education. Milke was also given the Outstanding Gemstone Mentor award by the Gemstone program for his work with the 2007 BurniNATION team, which focused on improving the fire safety of on-campus dorms.
Professor Mikhail Anisimov (CBE) received the Clark School's Poole & Kent Outstanding Teaching Award for Senior Faculty for his passion and enthusiasm in the classroom and his commitment and dedication to teaching.
Associate Professor Nam Sun Wang (CBE) received the Clark School's Faculty Service Award. Wang was cited for his enthusiastic involvement with student groups and student recruitment.
Keynote Speakers & Conference Chairs
John S. Baras (ECE/ISR), delivered the invited keynote address at the Control over Communication Channels Workshop, which was part of the 5th International Symposium on Modeling and Optimization in Mobile, Ad Hoc, and Wireless Networks. The title of his keynote address was "Robust Feedback Control vs. Uncertainty Model Complexity: from Information Theory to Networked Control."
BioE Chair and Herbert Rabin Distinguished Professor William Bentley was elected into the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM) as a fellow. The AAM is the honorific leadership group within the American Society of Microbiology.
Minta Martin Professor J. Gordon Leishman (AE) has been named a 2007 Technical Fellow of the American Helicopter Society. AHS Technical Fellows receive this honor because their career-based accomplishments towards the goals and objectives of the vertical flight industry constitute an outstanding technical achievement.
Editorships and Books
Professor Virgil Gligor (ECE) has been appointed editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing.
Professor Steve Marcus (ECE/ISR), Professor Michael Fu (Robert H. Smith School of Business/ISR), former ISR postdoctoral researcher Hyeong Soo Chang and ISR alumnus Jiaqiao Hu have co-authored a new book, Simulation-based Algorithms for Markov Decision Processes.
J. Gordon Leishman (AE) has authored the book "The Helicopter: Thinking Forward, Looking Back." This book opens an invigorating discussion of technical problems influencing the performance of the helicopter, and provides a unique perspective into future challenges and new opportunities in realizing its full performance.
Professor Rama Chellappa (ECE/UMIACS/CS) was featured in print, television, radio and online news across the country for his video surveillance technology, which integrates human gait and face recognition capabilities into camera surveillance systems.
Assistant Professor Michel Cukier (ME/ISR) received hundreds of press mentions around the world for his study on hacker attacks. Cukier determined that hackers attack the average PC every 39 seconds.