Yusuf Leblebici Is Named WPI's 1999-2000 Joseph S. Satin Distinguished Fellow

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WORCESTER, Mass. - Worcester Polytechnic Institute associate professor Yusuf Leblebici of Shrewsbury, Mass., has been named the university's 18th Joseph S. Satin Distinguished Fellow. The award, given for the 1999-2000 academic year, recognizes excellence and innovation in teaching. Its stipend of $25,000 for the support of professional activities is the largest discretionary spending authorization of any WPI-named professorship.

An associate professor of electrical and computer engineering (ECE), Leblebici joined the WPI faculty in 1998. A native of Istanbul, Turkey, he received 1984 B.S. and 1986 M.S. degrees in electrical and electronics engineering from Istanbul Technical University and a 1990 Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He previously was an associate professor at Istanbul Technical University and an invited professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

In a May letter congratulating Leblebici on the award, WPI President Edward Alton Parrish wrote, "In the short time you have been at WPI, you have demonstrated enthusiasm and abilities in both teaching and research to ECE and to the university. We are fully confident that you will use this additional support to advantage in even more effective accomplishments."

The co-author of two books in his field, he has been elected a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and has served as associate editor of "IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems - II."

WPI, founded in 1865, is renowned for its project-based curriculum. Under the WPI Plan, students integrate classroom studies with research projects conducted on campus and around the world.