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Faculty Promotions

Peter Athanas has been promoted to full professor. He serves as a director of the department’s Configurable Computing Laboratory, with projects in sensor networks, communications and software radios, bioinformatics, e-textiles, security, and wearable computing. Athanas’ research has attracted more than $14.5 million in funding and he holds two patents, with three more in process.

Athanas joined ECE in 1992 after earning a Ph.D. in electrical sciences from Brown University. He earned a masters in applied mathematics from Brown in 1990 and a masters in electrical systems in 1985 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He earned a BSEE from the University of Toledo in 1983.

Alex Huang has been promoted to full professor. An expert in semiconductor power electronics devices, Huang’s research has attracted more than $15 million in funding. His Emitter Turn-Off Thyristor has been named one of the top 100 inventions this year by R&D Magazine. He holds eight patents, with two pending. In 1998 he earned a prestigious NSF CAREER Award.

Huang joined the department in 1994 after serving as a research fellow at Magdalene College. He earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1992 from Cambridge University and an MSEE in 1986 from the University of Electronic Science and Technology in China. He earned a BSEE in 1983 from Zheijiang University, China.

G.Q. Lu has been promoted to full professor. He has a joint appointment with the Materials Science and Engineering Department. An expert in electronic packaging, interfaces in materials systems, sintering of power compacts, and semiconductor crystal growth, Lu established the department’s power electronics packaging laboratory. Lu has received the Sporn Award for teaching excellence, as well as the prestigious NSF CAREER Award for research.

He earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1990, along with an MS in applied physics. He received his BS in physics and materials science an engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1984.

Pushkin Kachroo has been tenured and promoted to associate professor. An expert in nonlinear and hybrid controls systems, Kachroo’s research interests include highway automation, dynamic programming, real-time systems, mobile robots, embedded systems control, and biologically inspired artificial intelligence. Kachroo has co-authored three books in intelligent transportation systems, and in 2001 received the College of Engineering Outstanding New Professor Award. He joined ECE in 1997. He earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in 1993 from the University of California at Berkeley and an MSME in 1990 from Rice University. He earned a B.Tech in civil engineering in 1988 from I.I.T. of Bombay, India.
 
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