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Hsieh Department's Sanjit Mitra Extends Impressive List of Awards

India's top science and engineering body honors Viterbi signals specialist

February 16, 2007 —

Honored repeatedly: Mitra
Professor Sanjit K. Mitra of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering and the Signal and Image Processing Institute (SIPI) is now a Foreign Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI). Founded 1930, NASI is the oldest Science Academy of India.

This is only the latest in a long recent string of awards for NAE member Mitra, internationally known for his work in analog and digital signal and image processing, who joined the Viterbi School's Hsieh deparment as Varra Professor in 2006.

Shortly after joining USC, he won the prestigious James H. Mulligan, Jr. IEEE Education Medal, This was immediately followed by the Signal Processing Education Award, honoring educators who have made pioneering and significant contributions in the field.

Earlier, he had been the recipient of the 1973 F.E. Terman Award and the 1985 AT&T Foundation Award of the American Society of Engineering Education. He received the 1989 Education Award and the 2000 Mac Van Valkenburg Society Award of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society. In 1989, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Germany honored him with the Distinguished Senior U.S. Scientist. He received the 1996 Technical  Achievement Award and the 2001 Society Award of the IEEE Signal Processing Society.

He also was awarded the IEEE Millennium Medal in 2000, the McGraw-Hill/Jacob Millman Award of the IEEE Education Society in 2001, and the 2002 Technical Achievement Award of EURASIP. He is the co-recipient of the 2000 Blumlein-Browne-Willans Premium of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (London) and the 2001 IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology Best Paper Award.

In addition to his NAE membership, he is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), and a member of the European Association for Signal, Speech and Image Processing (EURASIP).

Mitra received a B.S. with honors in physics from Utkal University, India in 1953, an M.S. in radio physics and electronics from the University of Calcutta in 1956, and an M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1960. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1962.