Paschalidis Named 2011 Distinguished Faculty Fellew

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July 1st, 2011

By Mark Dwortzen

Professor Yannis Paschalidis (ECE, SE)

Professor Yannis Paschalidis (ECE, SE)

Since joining the College of Engineering faculty in 1996, Professor Ioannis Paschalidis (ECE, SE) has developed sophisticated algorithms for everything from a homeland security early warning sensor network to a next-generation electronic healthcare management system. Based on his impressive body of work, Paschalidis was named the College’s 2011 Distinguished Faculty Fellow, an award that recognizes mid-career faculty members for significant contributions to their field.

Paschalidis will receive $20,000 per year for the next five years to support his research.

“I am elated and deeply honored to receive this award,” he said. “The funds will be extremely useful in seeding new directions for my research, especially in the area of medical informatics.”

Co-director of the Center for Information and Systems Engineering (CISE), academic director of the College of Engineering’s Sensor Network Consortium and affiliate of the Biomolecular Engineering Research Center, Paschalidis has a diverse research portfolio that spans the fields of systems and control, networking, applied probability, optimization, operations research, computational biology and bioinformatics. His work could lead to new applications in communication and sensor networks, protein docking, logistics, cyber-security, robotics, the smart grid and finance.

Since earning his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1996 at MIT, Paschalidis has received several honors, including a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, an invitation to participate in the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, two best paper awards, best performance at a computational biology competition, and a College of Engineering Dean’s Catalyst Award. He is a senior member of the IEEE and an associate editor of  ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks and SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization.

In receiving this year’s Distinguished Faculty Fellow award, Paschalidis joins the 2010 recipient, Kamil Ekinci (ME), and the 2009 winners, Professor Mark Grinstaff (BME, MSE), Associate Professor Joyce Wong (BME, MSE) and Associate Professor Xin Zhang (ME, MSE).