ECE faculty members receive 2021 College of Engineering Awards
Several Illinois ECE faculty members were named recipients of the 2021 College of Engineering Awards.
Illinois ECE Assistant Professor Alexander Gerhard Schwing, W.J. "Jerry" Sanders III - Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Faculty Fellow, Assistant Professor Raluca Ilie, Teaching Assistant Professor Chandrasekhar Radhakrishnan, and Associate Professor Minjoo Lawrence Lee were among the recipients of the awards.
Schwing was one of the four recipients of the Dean's Award for Research by an Assistant Professor. This award recognizes assistant professors who have exceptional research accomplishments over the last year. Schwing's research is primarily focused on machine learning and computer version. He is particularly interested in algorithms for prediction with and learning of non-linear (deep nets), multivariate and structured distributions, and their application in numerous tasks such as 3D scene understanding from a single image.
Ilie received the Collins Award for Innovative Teaching. This award recognizes outstanding development or use of new and innovative teaching methods. Ilie directs the UIUC Heliospheric Research and Applications Group (HeRA) and the VR Initiative for Immersive Learning. Her research addresses the need for predictive capabilities by developing and improving high-performance, first-principles computational models that describe and predict the conditions in the near-Earth space that can impact technological assets.
Radhakrishnan was one of the two recipients of the Rose Award for Teaching Excellence. Established by an anonymous alumnus, this award is intended to foster and reward excellence in undergraduate teaching in the College of Engineering. It recognizes teachers who excel at motivating freshmen and sophomore students to learn and appreciate the principles of engineering. Radhakrishnan has taught courses in areas related to Circuits and Signal Processing. In his teaching, he focuses on encouraging students to explore, not be afraid to make mistakes, learn from their mistakes, and find their passion. He has also previously received the George Anner Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.
Lee was one of the four recipients of the Dean's Award for Research by an Associate Professor. This award recognizes associate professors who have exceptional research accomplishments over the past five years. Lee also oversees the Lee Research Group which focuses on creating III-V materials and devices for solar energy, integrated photonics, electronics, and sensing.
Schwing is affiliated with the CSL and Lee is affiliated with the HMNTL.