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Hsieh Professor Wins ASEE Terman Award

Award reflects achievements in textwriting, teaching, research and student guidance
Eric Mankin
June 22, 2008 — The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) has named Professor Keith M. Chugg of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering the recipient the 2008 Terman Award.

This award goes annually to an outstanding young electrical engineering educator in recognition of contributions to the profession in four areas:
Keith Chugg
  1. Being principal author of an electrical engineering textbook published prior to June 1 of the year in which the author becomes 40 years of age and judged by peers to be outstanding by virtue of its original contribution to the field;
  2. Outstanding achievements in teaching, research, guidance of students and related activities;
  3. Being an electrical engineering educator under 45 years of age on June 1 of the year in which the award selection is made;
  4. Being a full-time member of a college faculty and actively engaged in teaching in the United States or Canada at the time of award selection.

The award is sponsored by the Hewlett-Packard Company, and consists of a $5,000 honorarium, a gold-plated medal, a bronze replica of the medal, and travel expenses to attend the ASEE Frontiers in Education Conference in Saratoga Springs, New York, October 22-25, 2008, where the award will be presented.

The text named as part of the award is Iterative Detection, Adaptivity Complexity Reduction and Applicatins, Kluwer Academic Press, 2001, by Chugg, Achilleas Anataspoulos, and Xiaopeng Chen.

The award is named in honor of Frederick Emmons Terman, who served Stanford University in many capacities, including head of the electrical engineering department, dean of the school of engineering, provost, vice president, and acting president.  Terman is known for his mentoring and guidance of many engineering students who went on to establish successful businesses, including William Hewlett and David Packard.

Chugg received the B.S. degree in engineering from Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA in 1989, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering in 1990 and 1995 respectively from USC.  Following a year as assistant professor with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Arizona, Tucson, he joined the Viterbi School  in 1996.

"Please join me ," wrote Hsieh Department co-chair Alexander Sawchuk, notifying Chugg's colleagues, "in congratulating Keith on this honor and recognition of his outstanding research and teaching accomplishments!"