New Dean of Engineering Selected

Published: January 17th, 2001

Category: Memos

David R. Colburn, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Pramod P. Khargonekar, Claude E. Shannon professor and chairman of the department of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan, as the new dean of the College of Engineering. He will assume his new duties July 1.

Dr. Khargonekar is an eminent scholar who will lead our College of Engineering in meeting the technological challenges of the 21st century. I am confident that under his leadership, the College of Engineering will build a reputation equal to the best and second to none.

Dr. Khargonekar has been on the faculty at the University of Michigan since 1989 and chairman of the department of electrical engineering and computer science, the University’s largest and one of its most distinguished, since 1997. He also serves as director of the AFOSR/ARPA MURI Research Center on Intelligent Electronics Manufacturing: Modeling and Control of Plasma Processing.

An alumnus of the University of Florida, he received his doctorate in electrical engineering in 1981 and his master’s in mathematics in 1980, both from UF. He also worked as an assistant professor in the UF department of electrical engineering from 1981 to 1984.

Dr. Khargonekar’s awards include a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation in 1985; the W.R.G. Baker Prize Paper Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 1991; being named a fellow of the institute in 1993; and receiving a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, India, in 1997.

He has authored or co-authored more than 260 published works, including books, book chapters, refereed journal publications and refereed conference publications. Among other examples, he co-authored Signal Processing, Parts I and II, and Robust Control Theory, in the IMA Volumes in Mathematics and its Applications.

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