Athina Petropulu Promoted to Distinguished Professor

The Board of Governors has approved Dr. Athina Petropulu's promotion to Distinguished Professor effective July 1, 2017. Congratulations on this well deserved accomplishment Athina!

Athina P. Petropulu received her undergraduate degree from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Northeastern University, Boston MA, all in Electrical and Computer Engineering. She is Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department at Rutgers, having served as chair of the department during 2010-2016. Before joining Rutgers in 2010, she was faculty at Drexel University. She held Visiting Scholar appointments at SUPELEC, Universite' Paris Sud, Princeton University and University of Southern California.

Dr. Petropulu's research spans the area of statistical signal processing and wireless communications. She has made fundamental contributions in the area of cooperative approaches for wireless communications, physical layer security, MIMO radars using sparse sensing, and blind system identification using higher-order statistics. Her research has been funded by various government industry sponsors including the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval research, the US Army, the National Institute of Health, the Whitaker Foundation, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon.

Dr. Petropulu is Fellow of IEEE and recipient of the 1995 Presidential Faculty Fellow Award given by NSF and the White House. She has served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, IEEE Signal Processing Society Vice President-Conferences and member-at-large of the IEEE Signal Processing Board of Governors. She was the General Chair of the 2005 International Conference on Acoustics Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP-05), Philadelphia PA, and is General co-Chair of the 2018 IEEE International Workshop on Signal Processing Advances in Wireless Communications (SPAWC), Kalamata, Greece. In 2005 she received the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper Award, and in 2012 the IEEE Signal Processing Society Meritorious Service Award for "exemplary service in technical leadership capacities". She is currently IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for the Signal Processing Society. In 2016 she served as president of the ECE Department Heads Association (ECEDHA).

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