April 25, 2007 — Dean Yannis Yortsos has announced that Alexander A. Sawchuk, holder of multiple prestigious posts in the Viterbi School and winner of
Sawchuk will be first Silverman professor
a 2007 USC Teaching Award, will assume a newly endowed chair named after a former dean.
"I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Sandy Sawchuk, of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering as the first holder of the Leonard Silverman Chair, effective July 1, 2007," said Yortsos, adding that the 5-year appointment will begin July 1.
Sawchuk is currently Professor and Systems Chair of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering. He is also Associate Director of the Integrated Media Systems Center (IMSC), and Associate Director of the Signal and Image Processing Institute. His research interests include the use of optoelectronic devices and systems for parallel optical computing, interconnection and network applications.
He also works in the areas of image processing, immersive media technology, and in stereo and panoramic video and displays. He is the author or co-author of more than 200 technical publications and 100 talks in these fields, including several books and book chapters. He has supervised the Ph.D. research of more than 35 students.
He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE). He received the OSA Distinguished Service Award and a USC Mellon Academic Mentoring Support Program Certificate of Recognition.
He has also received the Halliburton Award for Exceptional Service, the Lockheed Senior Research Award, and the Outstanding Teaching Award from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. This year he received the 2007 USC Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching. Sandy earned his B.S. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University, all in electrical engineering.
The Silverman chair honors Leonard M. silverman, now Fred W. O'Green Chair in Engineering and Professor of Electrical Engineering Systems in the Ming Hsieh department of electrical engineering. Silverman served as dean of the Viterbi School from 1984 to 2001.
"Please join me in congratulating Sandy on this well deserved honor," Yortsos' statement concluded.