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COE Alum appointed as Rutgers ECE Chair

College of Engineering alumna Athina Petropulu, ME’89, PhD’91 has been appointed the new chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Rutgers University School of Engineering in New Jersey. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Petropulu served as a faculty member at Drexel University from 1992 to 2010. She also held visiting appointments at Supelec Universite in France and at Princeton University.

Dr. Petropulu is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), where she was also the Signal Processing Society vice president-conferences, and member-at-large of the IEEE Signal Processing Board of Governors. She is currently editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing. She was the general chair of the 2005 International Conference on Acoustics Speech and Signal Processing and is co-recipient of the 2005 IEEE Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper Award. She is co-author of the textbook, Higher-Order Spectra Analysis: a Nonlinear Signal Processing Framework (Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1993).

Dr. Petropulu’s research interests span the areas of statistical signal processing, wireless communications, signal processing in networking and biomedical signal processing. In 1995 she received the Presidential Faculty Fellow Award given by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the White House. Her research has been supported by the U.S. Office of Naval Research, the NSF, the U.S. Army, the National Institutes of Health, and the Whitaker Foundation.

She received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece in 1986 before earning master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Northeastern University.

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Related Departments:Electrical & Computer Engineering