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Six Viterbi Faculty Elected IEEE Fellows

Keith Chugg, Eun Sok Kim, Maja Matarić, Patric Muggli, Si-Zhao Joe Qin, and Gaurav Sukhatme receive the high honor

November 29, 2010 —

IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for a few select members of the more than century-old professional association, members  "whose extraordinary accomplishments are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation," according to the description on the organization's website.

This year, six faculty members from the Viterbi School of Engineering joined this elite group.

Keith M. Chugg
Professor, Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering - Systems
"for contributions to adaptive and iterative data
detection and decoding"


Eun Sok Kim
Professor and Chair of Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering - Electrophysics
"for contributions to microelectromechanical systems"

Maja Matarić
Professor of Computer Science, Neuroscience, and Pediatrics
Senior Associate Dean for Research, USC Viterbi School
"for contributions to robot coordination and
learning in human-robot systems"


Patric Muggli
Research Professor, Ming Hsieh Department of Electical Engineering
"for contributions to plasma wakefield acceleration
of electrons and positrons"


Si-Zhao 'Joe' Qin
Professor, Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, and Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering - Systems
"for contributions to model predictive control technology and fault diagnosis in industrial processes"
Guarav Sukhatme
Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
"for contributions to multi-robot systems"

ABOUT IEEE [from the organization's website]

IEEE is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity, IEEE and its members inspire a global community through IEEE's highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities.

For more than a century, the IEEE has sponsored various programs to honored achievements in education, industry, research and service. These awards and recognitions each have a unique mission and criteria, and offer the opportunity to honor distinguished colleagues, dedicated teachers, and corporate leaders who have made a lasting impact on humanity, technology, and the profession.

Each year the IEEE Board of Directors elects no more than 0.1% of the full members to the grade of Fellow. Nominations are made by Senior Members or by Fellows and must be supported by at least six Fellows. After being reviewed and ranked by the appropriate IEEE Society the nominations are passed on to the Fellows Committee of the Board who then recommend a list of candidates for the Board’s consideration.

The grade of Fellow first appeared in the AIEE constitution of 1912.