2010-2011

ECE Faculty Members Win WPI Trustees Awards

Professors Pahlavan and Padir are honored by the WPI Board of Trustees for their research and teaching.

Professor Padir

Professors Pahlavan and Padir are honored by the WPI Board of Trustees for their research and teaching.

Taskin Padir, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, received the Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award. Presented in memory of a longtime faculty member in WPI's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, the award recognizes innovation in undergraduate education. Padir was recognized for his key role in developing the unified sequence of four courses at the core of WPI's pioneering undergraduate major program in robotics engineering, a challenging task given the multidisciplinary nature of the field and the fact that no other undergraduate robotics curriculum existed to serve as a model.

Professor Kaveh Pahlavan was presented with the Board of Trustees Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Scholarship. This award recognizes continuing excellence in research and scholarship by faculty members over a period of at least five years. Pahlavan is internationally known for his work in wireless data communications. His career at WPI has been marked by long list of firsts: the first modern wireless networking research program and the first university wireless networking research laboratory (1985); the first National Science Foundation award in wireless local area networking (1987); the first IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) International Workshop on WLAN (1991). He also founded the field's first journal and published its first graduate-level textbook. His pioneering work on the radio channel and wireless geolocation have had enormous impact on his field and society, paving the way for everything from Wi-Fi to new location applications that are helping merge social networking with wireless devices.

 

Professor Pahlavan

May 9, 2011

 
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