Faculty Honors

2018

Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER award)
National Science Foundation
The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.

2017

AFOSR Young Investigator Award
Sponsor: AFOSR
Significance of Award: From the announcement

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research today announced it will award approximately $19.1 million in grants to 43 scientists and engineers from 37 research institutions and small businesses who submitted winning research proposals through the Air Force’s Young Investigator Research Program.

The YIP is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions across the United States who received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years and who show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research.

The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities for the young investigators to recognize the Air Force mission and the related challenges in science and engineering.

This year, AFOSR received over 285 proposals in response to the AFOSR YIP broad agency announcement solicitation, BAA-AFRL-2017-0002. These technical areas included: Aerospace Materials for Extreme Environments, Aerothermodynamics, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Biophysics, Computational Cognition and Machine, Computational Mathematics, Data Driven Applications Systems, Dynamics and Control, Dynamics Materials and Interactions, Electromagnetics and Sensing, Surveillance and Navigation, Energy Conversion and Combustion Sciences, Flow Interactions and Control, GHz-THz Electronics, Human Performance and Biosystems, Information Operations and Security, Laser and Optical Physics, Low Density Materials, Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials and Microsystems, Molecular Dynamics and Theoretical Chemistry, Multi-Scale Structural Mechanics and Prognosis, Natural Materials and Systems, Optimization and Discrete Mathematics, Optoelectronics and Physics, Organic Materials Chemistry, Quantum Electronic Solids, Quantum Information Science, Remote Sensing and Imaging, Science of Information, Computation and Fusion, Space Power and Propulsion, Software and Systems, Test and Evaluation, and Turbulence and Transition.

2017 IEEE Signal Processing Society Education Award
Organization Sponsor: IEEE Signal Processing Society
Award Description: Scope: Honors educators who have made pioneering and significant contributions to signal processing education.
Basis for Judging: Nominees shall be judged by a career of meritorious achievement in signal processing education as exemplified by writing of scholarly books and texts, course materials, and papers on education; inspirational and innovative teaching; creativity in the development of new curricula and methodology.
Jay Kuo was selected for the 2017 SPS Education Award for contributions to signal, image and multimedia education.

Name of Honor/Award: The Best Paper Award in the 2017 APSIPA ASC conference

Organization Sponsor: APSIPA

Award Description: The best paper award in the conference.

Name of Honor/Award: IEEE Globecom 2017 Best paper Award
Organization Sponsor: IEEE Communication Theory Society

Award Description: The paper, titled “Heterogeneous Coded Distributed Computing”, co-authored by PhD student Mr. Mehrdad Kiamari and Professor Salman Avestimehr at EE Department, in collaboration with Dr. Chenwei Wang at DOCOMO Innovations Lab has received the best paper award at the Communication Theory symposium of the 2017 IEEE Globecom conference.

This paper extends the transformative framework of “Coded Distributed Computing”, which brings new tools and concepts from coding and information theory to the distributed computing field and is pioneered by Professor Avestimehr’s group, into heterogeneous network environments.

Significance of Award: IEEE Global Communication Conference (GLOBECOM) is a flagship conference of IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc). This award is given to only one paper at each of the 14 symposiums of the IEEE Globecom conference.

Chair’s Quote: Congratulations!

Name of Honor/Award: IEEE Fellow

Organization Sponsor: IEEE

Award Description: Professor Konstantinos Psounis has been named an IEEE Fellow for his contributions to multi-hop wireless networks.

The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one- percent of the total voting membership.

Significance of Award: IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.

The IEEE is the world’s leading professional association for advancing technology for humanity. Through its 400,000 plus members in 160 countries, the association is a leading authority on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics.
Dedicated to the advancement of technology, the IEEE publishes 30 percent of the world’s literature in the electrical and electronics engineering and computer science fields, and has developed more than 1300 active industry standards. The association also sponsors or co-sponsors nearly 1700 international technical conferences each year.

Chair’s Quote: Congratulations!

Fellow of the American Physical Society Each year a small number of members of the American Physical Society are elected by their peers as APS Fellows. This is an honor comparable to other fellowships. American Physical Society

Name of Honor/Award: American Physical Society Outstanding Referee

Organization Sponsor: American Physical Society

Award Description: Recognizes the best peer reviewers for all American Physical Society journals, over years of service.

Date Awarded:

Significance of Award: Instituted in 2008, the Outstanding Referee program annually recognizes approximately 150 of the currently active referees for their invaluable work. Comparable to Fellowship in the APS and other organizations, this is a lifetime award. The selection this year was made from 30 years of records on over 57,000 referees who have been called upon to review manuscripts, including more then 35,000 that were submitted in 2016. The basis for the Outstanding Referees selection takes into account the quality, number and timeliness of a referee’s reports, without regard for membership in the APS, country of origin, or field of research. Individuals with current or very recent direct connections to the journals, such as editors and editorial board members, were excluded.

Chair’s Quote: Thanks for your exceptional service to the intellectual community!

Name of Honor/Award: Fellow of the American Physical Society

Organization Sponsor: American Physical Society

Award Description: Each year a small number of members of the American Physical Society are elected by their peers as APS Fellows. This is an honor comparable to other fellowships, e.g., IEEE or ACM.

Date Awarded:

Significance of Award: The criterion for election is exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise; e.g., outstanding physics research, important applications of physics, leadership in or service to physics, or significant contributions to physics education. Fellowship is a distinct honor signifying recognition by one’s professional peers.

Chair’s Quote: Congratulations!

Name of Honor/Award: Fellow of the American Physical Society

Organization Sponsor: American Physical Society

Award Description: For profound contributions to stability and flow control, and the application of control-theoretic and optimization techniques to the analysis of wall-bounded shear flows, drag reduction, and viscoelastic fluids.

Significance of Award: The criterion for election is exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise; e.g., outstanding physics research, important applications of physics, leadership in or service to physics, or significant contributions to physics education. The number of APS Fellows elected each year is limited to no more than one half of one percent of the membership. Fellowship is a distinct honor signifying recognition by one’s professional peers.

Chair’s Quote: Congratulations! A well deserved recognition of your contributions to analysis and control of fluid flows.

Name of Honor/Award: NC State University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Alumni Hall of Fame

Organization Sponsor: NC State University Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Award Description: This honor celebrates NCSU ECE outstanding graduates like you who have used their education to excel in a profession, career, or service. With more than 15,000 ECE alumni, only a select number has been chosen for the 2017 ECE Alumni Hall of Fame class, making this a truly noteworthy distinction.

Significance of Award: This is awarded to about 10 alumni each year. Other awardees are entrepreneurs, professors, university chancellors, and corporate leaders.

Chair’s Quote: Congratulations for a well-deserved recognition!

Name of Honor/Award: IET Achievement Medal

Organization Sponsor: IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology)

Award Description: The IET Achievement Medals recognise individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the advancement of science, engineering and technology in any sector or activity within the scope of the IET.

The citation reads: “The IET Achievement Medal for wireless communications to Professor Andreas Molisch FIET, Professor and Golomb-Viterbi Chair at the University of Southern California, USA. Over the last 20 years Professor Molisch has made major contributions to wireless communications, bridging industry and academia, and furthered interest in wireless communications through textbooks and tutorials. Professor Molisch is one of the world’s leading experts on wireless propagation channels. He created the “double-directional channel model” that has become the standard modeling approach for describing MIMO channels. Professor Molisch has made profound contributions to the field of wireless communications. His work will potentially be part of the 5G standard, paving the way for future generations of wireless communication.”

Significance of Award: The IET is the largest engineering association in the UK (similar in scope to the IEEE in the US). It annually selects recipients of its honor medals to recognize outstanding contributions to the field of scope of the IET.

Name of Honor/Award: Moore Distinguished Scholar

Organization Sponsor: California Institute of Technology

Award Description: Moore Distinguished Scholar in Physics in the Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy.

Significance of Award: Established in 2000 by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore and his wife Betty, the Moore Distinguished Scholars Program invites researchers of exceptional quality who are acclaimed at both the national and international levels to visit Caltech for a designated period of time. The program carries no teaching or other obligations during the appointment, allowing Moore Scholars to focus on their research.

Chair’s Quote: Congratulations, Daniel!

2016

Name of Honor/Award: 2016 Transition to Practice Award

Organization Sponsor: IEEE Control System Society

Award Description: For the research, development, and transition to practice of the Adaptive Cruise Control utilized by Ford Motor Company in their production vehicles.

Name of Honor/Award: 2016 IEEE Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper Award

Organization Sponsor: IEEE Signal Processing Society

Award Description: 2016 SPS Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper Award for the paper:

David I Shuman, Sunil K. Narang, Pascal Frossard, Antonio Ortega, and Pierre Vandergheynst, “The Emerging Field of Signal Processing on Graphs [Extending high-dimensional data analysis to networks and other irregular domains]”, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, Volume 30, No. 3, May 2013

2011

Elected as Fellow, Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Named Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security
European Design and Automation Association Lifetime Achievement Award
John J. Guarrera Engineering Educator of the Year Award
Engineer of the Year Award, Sherman Oaks, CA Engineers Council
2011 Lifetime Contribution Medal, IEEE Computer Society Test Technology Technical Council
Elected as Vice Chair, American Physical Society Topical Group on Quantum Information
Department of Defense MURI Grant
Honorary Doctorate degree, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
2011 Sigma Xi William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement
2011 IEEE Particle Accelerator Science and Technology Award
U.S. Department of Energy Grant
Honorary Degree, Howard University
New York Hall of Science Distinguished Leadership Award
IEEE Donald G. Fink Paper Prize
Elected to the Austrian Academy of Sciences
James Evans Avant Garde Award, IEEE Vehicular Technology Society
2012 IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award
NSF CAREER Award
2010 Best Paper Award, IEEE Communication Society Technical Committee on Data Storage
Appointment, Robert G. and Mary G. Lane Early Career Chair
Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Young Electrical and Computer Engineer Award
Selected as member of TR35 Class of 2011
2011 Research Grant Award, Okawa Foundation
2011 International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium Founder’s Award
IEEE Photonics Society 2011 Engineering Achievement Award
IEEE Joint Paper Award in Communications and Information Theory
2011 Best Paper Award, IEEE International Conference on Image Processing
2011 Alumni Professional Achievement Award, UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

2010

Distinguished Lecturer for 2010-2011, IEEE Signal Processing Society
Distinguished Lecturer for 2010-2011, IEEE Signal Processing Society
Best Paper Award, IEEE Signal Processing Society
2010 Distnguished Faculty Service Award
IBM Faculty Award
Best Paper Award, International Speech Communication Association
Best Paper Award, IEEE Globecom 2009
Research Grant, Okawa Foundation for Information and Telecommunications
Distinguished Chair Appointment, Finnish Fulbright-Nokia
Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Grant, National Science Foundation
IBM Faculty Award
Mellon Mentoring Award
Promotion, Associate Professor
Frederick Emmons Terman Award, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) for Electrical and Computer Engineering Division
Best Paper Award, MobiCom 2010
Election to 2010 Class of International Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering, United Kingdom
Appointment, Steven and Kathryn Sample Chair in Engineering
Paul F. Forman Engineering Excellence Award, Optical Society of America (OSA)
Promotion, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Chemistry
Promotion, Associate Professor of Engineering Practice
Elected as Senior Member, IEEE
Best Paper Award, International Speech Communication Association
Elected to the College of Fellows of the International Neural Network Society (INNS)
Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Grant, National Science Foundation
Fellow, USC Center for Excellence
2010 Young Innovator Under 35 Award
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
Elected President of IEEE Information Theory Society
Elected Vice-President of IEEE Information Theory Society
Best Paper Award, International Conference on High Performance Switching and Routing
Edward J. Hoffman Medical Scientist Imaging Award, IEEE Nuclear & Plasma Sciences Society
Elected as Fellow, IEEE
Elected as Fellow, IEEE
Elected as Fellow, IEEE
Elected as Fellow, IEEE

2009

IEEE Medal of Honor
ARO Young Investigator Award
NSF Career Award
Elected to National Academy of Engineering (NAE)
Athanasios Papoulis Award for Excellence in Engineering Technology Education from the European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP)
2009 Optical Society of America Leadership Award New Focus/Bookham Prize
HP Innovation Research Award
2009 Magnetic Resonance (MR) Thought Leader Award from GE Healthcare
IEEE Senior Member
IEEE Intelligent Transportation System Society Best Practice Award
Global Wireless Education Consortium (GWEC) Wireless Educator of the Year for 2009
USC Office of Campus Activities and Women’s Student Assembly 2009 Remarkable Women Award
2009 Viterbi School Faculty and Staff Award, Dean’s Faculty Award for Service
2009 ASEE Sharon Keillor Award for Women in Engineering Education
ACM Senior Member
Fellow of the International Fuzzy Systems Association (IFSA)
IEEE Senior Member
ACM Senior Member
Fellow of the International Fuzzy Systems Association (IFSA)
Elected IEEE Fellow
2009 Viterbi School Faculty and Staff Award, Junior Research Award
IEEE Senior Member
Elected IEEE Fellow
ACM Senior Member
Re-elected Signal and Image Processing Director
Re-elected Computer Engineering Director
NSF Career Award
NSF Career Award
Ming Hsieh Faculty Fellow
New Chair for Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering-Electrophysics
IEEE Senior Member
ONR Young Investigator Award
Named to 2009 MIT Technology Review TR35 List
Named to 2009 MIT Technology Review TR35 List
Elected IEEE Fellow
ISCS 2009 Welker Award
Distinguished Faculty Service Award
Distinguished Faculty Service Award
Ming Hsieh Faculty Fellow
Elected IEEE Fellow