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Petros Ioannou Honored by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) as Fellow and Recipient of the 2009 Heaviside Medal for Achievement in Control


March 30, 2010 —

Prof. Petros Ioannou of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering was recently honored by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in two separate events: as Fellow of IET; and as a recipient of the IET 2009 Heaviside Medal for Achievement in Control. He was elected Fellow of IET in November 2009 in recognition of his work in control and transportation systems. Fellowship of the IET is awarded to members who have demonstrated superior individual responsibility, sustained achievement and significant professionalism during their careers. The Heaviside Medal for Achievement in Control is awarded to persons who have made major and distinguished contributions in control engineering and technology, and was presented at a ceremony in London in November 2009.

Professor Ioannou has made major contributions to education and research in numerous areas including: robust adaptive control, intelligent transport systems, vehicle dynamics, intelligent flight control, marine transportation, control of disk drives and others. He originated the design of the first adaptive cruise control system, which led to the widespread deployment of the system in vehicles by most automobile companies. His work is published in 8 books and more than 100 journal and 180 conference papers in the area of Controls and Intelligent Transportation Systems. He graduated 28 PhD students, four of whom are Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Fellows. He has received many other awards and honors, among them: Fellow of IEEE, Fellow of the International Federation on Automatic Control (IFAC), IEEE Control Society Best Paper and 1985 Presidential Young Investigator Awards.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) (http://www.theiet.org/) is one of the world’s leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community, with more than 150,000 members in 127 countries and offices in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. The IET provides a global knowledge network to facilitate the exchange of ideas and promote the positive role of science, engineering and technology in the world.

Alexander A. (Sandy) Sawchuk, systems chair of the Ming Hsieh Electrical Engineering department commented: "Petros Ioannou has many outstanding achievements in control engineering and transportation systems, and these awards are a significant recognition of his many achievements. Our department joins me in congratulating him."