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October 4, 2018

ECE faculty appointed to distinguished, named professorships

Several ECE professors have recently been appointed to positions as named and distinguished professors. Y. Charlie Hu was named the Michael and Katherine Birck Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Steven D. Pekarek was named the Edmund O. Schweitzer III Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, David J. Love was named the Nick Trbovich Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Dimitrios Peroulis and Pedro Irazoqui were named Reilly Professors of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Weng C. Chew was named a Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Weng Chew, Y. Charlie Hu, Pedro Irazoqui, David Love, Steven Pekarek, and Dimitrios Peroulis
Weng Chew, Y. Charlie Hu, Pedro Irazoqui, David Love, Steven Pekarek, and Dimitrios Peroulis

Several ECE professors have recently been appointed to positions as named and distinguished professors.

Y. Charlie Hu was named the Michael and Katherine Birck Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Steven D. Pekarek was named the Edmund O. Schweitzer III Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, David J. Love was named the Nick Trbovich Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Dimitrios Peroulis and Pedro Irazoqui were named Reilly Professors of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Weng C. Chew was named a Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Hu is a renowned researcher in the field of experimental computer systems and networking. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Since 2010 he has conducted pioneering research on energy profiling on smartphones, which was commercialized and has helped to extend the battery life of hundreds of millions of smartphones. Hu received the National Science Foundation Career Award in 2003 and the 2009 Purdue College of Engineering Early Career Research Award. He was a Purdue Faculty Scholar from 2011-16.

Pekarek is a leader in the fields of electromagnetic component modeling and design, electric machine design, and power electronics. Pekarek’s research addresses challenges related to energy sources and systems. In general, the research has been in three areas: modeling of electric machines and power electronic systems, control of electric drives, and component design. At Purdue he has received several awards for his teaching in undergraduate courses on electromechanics and power electronics.

Love is a renowned researcher in the broad area of wireless communications, with specific emphasis on feedback-assisted adaptive wireless systems. He leads the College of Engineering Preeminent Team on Efficient Spectrum Usage. He has been recognized as an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Fellow and a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher in 2014 and 2015. He was included in the Thomson Reuters list of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” in 2014 and 2015. Love was a Purdue Faculty Scholar from 2012-17.

Peroulis is a top researcher in the field of adaptive high-frequency electronics and sensors. Since 2007 he has been a key contributor to research leading to widely tunable pre-select radio filters with unprecedented quality factors and power handling for high-frequency applications. He is an IEEE Fellow and a National Science Foundation CAREER award recipient. He has also received 10 teaching awards including the 2010 HKN C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Teaching Award and the 2010 Charles B. Murphy Award, which is Purdue's highest undergraduate teaching honor.

Chew’s pioneering contributions to computational electromagnetics have made solutions to large real-world problems possible, greatly impacting a diverse range of fields including device design, antennas, and photonics. His numerical mode matching method has become the standard technology in electromagnetic well logging tools for the oil industry and is also used to solve microwave and optical waveguide problems. Chew is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Institute of Physics, the Optical Society of America, and the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. He was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering in 2013.

Irazoqui  is director of Purdue's Center for Implantable Devices, associate head for research and professor in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, and School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His group develops wireless implantable devices for various potential applications including monitoring and suppression of epileptic seizures; prosthesis control for injured military personnel; modulation of cardiac arrhythmias; treatment of depression, and gastroparesis, a partial paralysis of the stomach; and monitoring and therapeutic modulation of intraocular pressure for glaucoma. He has been named Showalter Faculty Scholar, and Purdue University Faculty Scholar, both in 2013. He is a senior member of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He has received multiple teaching awards, the Early Career Award from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, and the Outstanding Faculty Member Award from the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering (2009), as well as the Excellence in Research Award from Purdue in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016. He was elected the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) in 2016.

The 3rd annual Distinguished and Named Professorship Ceremony on October 19th will honor all Purdue faculty who have been appointed to distinguished and named professorships.

Source: Trustees approve named professorships, award posthumous degree