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Two Engineering Faculty Become IEEE Fellows

Posted on: November 29, 2012

The IEEE named two UC Davis College of Engineering faculty as IEEE Fellows for 2012. Qing Zhao, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Michael Savageau, distinguished professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

The world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is a non-profit professional association headquartered in New York City. It has more than 400,000 members in more than 160 countries. The organization’s Board of Directors confers the IEEE Grade of Fellow upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year does not exceed one-tenth of one percent of the total voting Institute membership. Each new Fellow receives a beautifully matted and framed certificate with the name of the Fellow and a brief citation describing the accomplishment, a congratulatory letter from the incoming IEEE president and a gold sterling silver Fellow lapel pin with antique finish.

Qing Zhao is an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of California, Davis. She explores the design and analysis of dynamics systems and communication networks using theories and tools from detection and estimation, distributed statistical inference, and dynamic optimization and stochastic control. Her research spans the fields of cognitive radio systems and wireless networks and algorithmic theory, computational techniques, and architectures for signal processing. Among many distinctions during her time at UC Davis, Zhao currently holds the title of UC Davis Chancellor’s Fellow and received the 2008 Outstanding Junior Faculty Award from the UC Davis College of Engineering. Prior to the IEEE Fellowship, IEEE recognized Zhao’s earlier work by awarding her the 2010 IEEE Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper Award, and the 2000 Young Author Best Paper Award from IEEE Signal Processing Society. Professor Zhao received her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Cornell University in 2001. During 2003-2004, she worked with Cornell University’s Electrical and Computer Engineering as a Postdoctoral Research Associate and joined UC Davis in 2004.

Michael Savageau is presently a distinguished professor of biomedical engineering. He received his Ph.D. in systems engineering and cell physiology from Stanford University in 1967. Research in the Savageau Lab focuses on quantitative systems biology aimed at further elucidation of biological design. Specifically, he is interested in elucidating the design features in elementary gene circuits, enlarging the scope of the search for predictable patterns of gene circuitry to include different mechanisms of signal transduction and control by global regulators, and continuing the development of new methodologies for the quantitative analysis of large genomic-scale systems.

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