Milenkovic elevated as IEEE Fellow for DNA data storage work

12/20/2017 Julia Sullivan, ECE ILLINOIS

Of the five Illinois faculty members who receive the distinction this year, four have appointments with ECE ILLINOIS.

Written by Julia Sullivan, ECE ILLINOIS

ECE ILLINOIS Professor Olgica Milenkovic has been elevated as a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). She is also a researcher at the Coordinated Science Lab and affiliated with the Beckman Institute at Illinois. She is one of 35 women elevated this year, a record number for the organization.


Olgica Milenkovic / Photo by the Coordinated Science Lab
Olgica Milenkovic / Photo by the Coordinated Science Lab

Milenkovic is honored "for contributions to genomic data compression." Her research focuses on big data compression and practical employment of DNA-based data storage. In 2015, she attracted one of the inaugural Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Awards from the National Institute of Health (NIH) in the amount of $1.3M. Her work has received wide-spread recognition, including media outlets like Scientific American.


Four other Illinois faculty members were also named as IEEE Fellows this year, including three who are ECE ILLINOIS affiliates. CS @ ILLINOIS Professor Marco Caccamo was honored "for contributions to the theory and applications of hard real-time multicore computing," and Mechanical Science and Engineering Professors Andrew G Alleyne and Naira Hovakimyan were recognized "for contributions to the control of thermal management systems" and "for contributions to control with applications to aerospace and robotic systems," respectively. All three are also affiliated with the Coordinated Science Lab. Hovakimyan is also afilliated with the Beckman Institute.


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This story was published December 20, 2017.