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Bhaskar Krishnamachari Receives a 2011 Research Grant Award from the Okawa Foundation


August 30, 2011 —

Bhaskar Krishnamachari, associate professor and Ming Hsieh Faculty Fellow in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, is a recipient of a 2011 Research Grant Award from the Okawa Foundation for Information and Telecommunications. The Okawa Foundation was established in Japan in 1986 to provide funding and recognition for new studies in the information and telecommunications fields. The Okawa Foundation Grant supports his research on the topic "Communication Network Protocols That Learn."  The award will be formally presented at a ceremony in San Francisco in November 2011.

Bhaskar Krishnamachari received the B.S. in Electrical Engineering from The Cooper Union in 1998, and the M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1999 and 2002 respectively from Cornell University. He joined USC in 2002, and also has a joint appointment in the USC Department of Computer Science. He was the first holder of the Philip and Cayley MacDonald Early Career Chair in the Viterbi School of Engineering from 2005 to 2008.

He has made many contributions to engineering education and the profession through his research on next generation wireless networks and with the publication of his seminal textbook, Networking Wireless Sensors. He is author or co-author of nearly 200 technical papers on a range of topics in next-generation wireless networks (including wireless sensor networks, cognitive radio networks, vehicular networks, mobile social networks, and green cellular networks).

He has received many awards: co-recipient of the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation’s Innovation Inside Curriculum Award in 2008; the 2010 Frederick Emmons Terman Award of the American Association of Engineering Education; the NSF CAREER award in 2004, the Viterbi School of Engineering Junior Faculty Research Award in 2005, and a USC-Mellon Award for Excellence in Mentoring Graduate Students in 2008. Bhaskar has also received several best paper awards. He recently was named recipient of the 2010 Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Young Electrical and Computer Engineer Award and the Technology Review TR35 award.

Alexander (Sandy) Sawchuk, chair of the Ming Hsieh Electrical Engineering Department-Systems commented, "Bhaskar Krishnamachari is widely known for many outstanding research innovations in the design and analysis of algorithms, protocols and applications for communication networks, including sensor networks, vehicular networks, wireless networks, and cognitive radio networks. His selection as 2011 Okawa Research Grant Awardee is an excellent recognition of these accomplishments, and our department joins me in congratulating him."