Bhaskar Krishnamachari, associate professor in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, has been selected to receive the 2010 Frederick Emmons Terman Award of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Electrical and Computer Engineering Division. The award is sponsored by the Hewlett-Packard Company, and consists of a $5,000 honorarium, a gold-plated medal, a bronze replica of the medal, and travel expenses to attend the award presentation at the ASEE Frontiers in Education Conference in Arlington, Virginia, October 27-30, 2010.
The Terman Award is given annually to an outstanding young electrical engineering educator in recognition of the educator's contributions to the profession. It is named in honor of Frederick Emmons Terman, who served Stanford University in many capacities, including head of the electrical engineering department, dean of the school of engineering, provost, vice president, and acting president. Terman is known for his mentoring and guidance of many engineering students who went on to establish successful businesses, including William Hewlett and David Packard.
Winners of the Terman award are honored for: 1. being principal author of an electrical engineering textbook published prior to June 1 of the year in which the author becomes 40 years of age and judged by peers to be outstanding by virtue of its original contribution to the field; 2. outstanding achievements in teaching, research, guidance of students and related activities; 3. being an electrical engineering educator under 45 years of age on June 1 of the year in which the award selection is made; and 4. being a full-time member of a college faculty and actively engaged in teaching in the United States or Canada at the time of award selection.
The book honored as part of the award is Networking Wireless Sensors (Cambridge University Press, 2005). The book clearly demonstrates his early influence and future promise in its novel examination of the emerging area of wireless sensor networks. In addition to his outstanding research, Bhaskar is dedicated to helping students immerse themselves in the rich academic life of learning, discovery, sharing, and service, and to helping them develop essential qualities of leadership and expertise, through creative curriculum development, teaching and mentoring.
Bhaskar received 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 our department in 2002, and has a joint appointment in the USC Department of Computer Science. He previously held the Philip and Cayley MacDonald Early Career Chair in the Viterbi School of Engineering.
Alexander A. (Sandy) Sawchuk, Systems Chair of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, remarked, "Bhaskar has made extraordinary contributions to engineering education and the profession through his research. Our department joins me in congratulating him on this honor and recognition of his outstanding research and teaching accomplishments!"