New faculty, and promotions for new school year
New faculty and promotions for new school year
The department of electrical and computer engineering welcomes new Assistant Professor Mohammad B. Shadmand and congratulates Natasha Devroye and Hulya Seferoglu on being promoted.
Shadmand most recently was an assistant professor of ECE at Kansas State University, where he also served as a co-director of the Power Electronics and Autonomous Systems (PEAS) Research Laboratory. In 2016 and 2017, he worked as a research engineer in renewable energy and advanced power electronics; prior to that, he was an instructor at Texas A&M University, where he earned his PhD in electrical engineering in 2015. Shadmand’s research interests include self-learning power electronics at the grid edge, autonomous control of distributed energy resources, power grid situational awareness and cybersecurity analytics via smart inverters, and grid forming inverters. He has published more than 75 journal and conference papers, and his research grants and industrial projects are backed by more than $9 million in funding from sources such as the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, and Qatar National Research.
Natasha Devroye has been promoted to full professor. Devroye, who also serves as ECE’s director of undergraduate studies and is a member of the Networks Information Communications and Engineering Systems (NICEST) Laboratory, has been at UIC since 2009. Her research focuses on multi-user information theory and applications to cognitive and software-defined radio, radar, relay, zero-error and two-way, interactive communication networks. She received an NSF CAREER award in 2011 and was named a UIC “Rising Star” Researcher of the Year in 2012. She has been an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Journal of Selected Areas in Communications, and IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking, and she is an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. She served as co-chair of the Women in Information Theory Society from 2015 to 2018 and is an Information Theory Society Distinguished Lecturer for 2019-2020.
Hulya Seferoglu was promoted to associate professor. She received an NSF CAREER award in 2020 and is an associate editor of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking through 2021. Seferoglu, who came to UIC in 2013, has spent her entire career in network coding, spanning theoretical and practical aspects. She has several active grants, including a $900,000 study with the Army Research Lab and a $270,000 National Institute of Standards and Technology grant. She runs the Networking Research Lab and is a member, along with Devroye, of the NICEST Lab.