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August 1997


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Faculty News

New Faculty
Faculty Awards and Promotions


Tranter Joins Faculty

William H. Tranter has joined the Department as the Bradley Professor of Communications.

An expert in wireless communications, digital signal processing, and computer-aided design, analysis and performance evaluation of communications systems, Tranter is an author of two of the most widely used textbooks in communications and signals and systems.

He comes to Tech from the University of Missouri-Rolla, where he has been on the faculty since 1969. Since 1985 he has been UMR's Schlumberger Professor of Electrical Engineering. He has also served in several administrative posts, including as associate dean of engineering for graduate affairs and research.

Tranter has authored more than 55 journal and conference papers. He has coauthored two textbooks that have become the standard in many universities: Principles of Communications and Signals and Systems. Several other books are under contract, two of which are a direct result of the wireless curriculum development effort at MPRG.

Tranter is a Fellow of the IEEE and serves as director of journals for the IEEE Communications Society. He earned his B.S.E.E., M.S.E.E., and Ph.D. from the University of Alabama.


Jones Joins Faculty

Mark Jones has joined the faculty as an assistant professor. He comes to Tech from the University of Tennessee, where he was an assistant professor in the computer science department for four years. He also served three years at the Argonne National Laboratory.

He is a specialist in high-performance computing. He earned a B.S. in computer science from Clemson University in 1986 and a Ph.D. from Duke in 1990. He has authored 15 journal publications and has been honored with the NSF Career Award, and the IEEE Computer Society Gordon Bell Prize, among others.

Kachroo Joins Faculty

Pushkin Kachroo has joined the Department as an assistant professor and lead faculty member for the Personal Rapid Transit Systems (PERTS) virtual corporation.

A specialist in controls, artificial intelligence, and robotics, Kachroo has served as a research scientist for Tech's Center for Transportation Research (CTR). Previously, he worked as a robotics and automation research engineer.

Kachroo received the B. Tech. degree in civil engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in 1988, an M.S.M.E. degree from Rice University in 1990, and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1993. He has a P.E. in EE from Ohio.

Desu Joins Faculty

Seshu B. Desu has joined the Department as a full professor, with a joint appointment in the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Department.

A specialist in electronic materials, he has published more than 200 technical papers, and obtained 12 patents. His research interests include: electronic materials for advanced semiconductor devices, novel processes for submicron devices, and structure-property relations in thin films.

Before joining the Tech faculty in 1988, Desu worked at Bell Laboratories and General Electric. He received a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering, with a minor in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana, in 1982.


Athanas Tenured and Promoted

Peter M. Athanas has been tenured and promoted to associate professor. A specialist in computer architecture, including VLSI and parallel processing techniques to improve computational performance, he is recognized as one of the world's leading young researchers in reconfigurable computing.

Before coming to Tech in 1992, Athanas was a design engineer with United Technologies and an adjunct assistant professor at Brown University. He received a B.S.E.E. from the University of Toledo, an M.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Sc.M in Applied Mathematics from Brown, and a Ph.D. from Brown.


Reed Tenured and Promoted

Jeffrey H. Reed has been tenured and promoted to associate professor. A specialist in digital signal processing, Reed's contributions to the field include reducing interference in cellular telephone systems and replacing communications hardware functions with software. He has been largely responsible for helping MPRG develop a modem/DSP laboratory and DSP development stations.

Reed is the developer of the senior-level DSP Implementation of Communications Systems course. He joined Tech in 1992 after serving as an independent consultant and a lecturer and research engineer at the University of California, Davis. He earned his B.S.E.E., M.S.E.E., and Ph.D. from UC, Davis.


Wang Tenured and Promoted

Anbo Wang has been tenured and promoted to associate professor. Wang is an internationally recognized researcher who has developed a number of successful fiber/thin film-based devices and sensors for applications where conventional sensors are difficult to apply.

Wang joined the faculty in 1993, after serving for three years as a visiting research scientist at FEORC. He had several years of industrial and research experience in China and was director of Dalian University's Fiber Optics Research Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. in applied optics from Dalian University of Technology in China.


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