Honors & Awards

Grants, fellowships, awards and other honors that recognize and support innovative research and world-class teaching.

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  • Dy elected as Fellow of Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence

    Professor Jennifer Dy, in the Khoury College of Computer Sciences and in the department of electrical and computer engineering, was elected as a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) “For significant contributions to unsupervised and interpretable machine learning, advancing AI to address health care challenges and service to the AI community,” the organization wrote in its announcement.

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  • Cassella added to Fulbright Specialist Roster

    “Electrical and computer engineering associate professor Cristian Cassella was recommended by a panel of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and World Learning to join the prestigious Fulbright Specialist Roster for a tenure of three years. The program, which is part of the larger Fulbright Program, pairs highly qualified U.S. academics and professionals with host institutions in over 150 countries to share their expertise, strengthen institutional linkages, hone their skills, gain international experience and learn about other cultures while building capacity at their overseas host institutions.”

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  • Two members of the Northeastern community elected ACM Fellows for contributions to artificial intelligence and advances in computer science

    Professor of the practice at Northeastern University Kenneth Church and Northeastern graduate Natasha Noy have been elected 2023 ACM Fellows. Both Church and Noy have advanced research in artificial intelligence, and both have worked on tools to support other researchers’ efforts.

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  • For teaching computers to see, Northeastern professor receives eminent achievement award

    A leading researcher in the field of computer vision — which uses artificial intelligence to process images received from cameras that “mimic human eyes” — Yun Raymond Fu, distinguished professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering, has received the 2024 Edward J. McCluskey Technical Achievement Award for making “impactful contributions” over a nearly 20-year career.

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  • Dos Santos wins award for the treatment of drug-resistant infection

    Thiago dos Santos has won the Hanna H. Gray Fellow’s Program Transition Award. “Our group will study the proteins that build the bacterial cell envelope and develop mechanism-based inhibitors of these proteins to treat multidrug-resistant infections.”

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  • Zheng winner of Energies 2023 Young Investigator Award

    “Mechanical and industrial engineering associate professor Yi Zheng received the Energies 2023 Young Investigator award. Zheng is the first recipient from the United States to receive this award, previous recipients were from Denmark, Singapore, Australia and China.”

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  • Zheng selected as Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineering

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    “Mechanical and industrial engineering associate professor Yi Zheng was selected as a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering for his exceptional engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession, particularly in the research field of micro/nanoscale heat transfer for sustainable energy harvesting, conversion and storage. Zheng was nominated by professor Hameed Metghalchi.”

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  • Ganguly and Melodia named Distinguished Members of Association for Computing Machinery

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    Auroop Ganguly, professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Tommaso Melodia, William Lincoln Smith Professor of electrical and computer engineering, have been named Distinguished Members by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). According to the ACM, “inductees are longstanding ACM Members and were selected by their peers for work that has advanced computing, fostered innovation across various fields and improved computer science education.” Ganguly was particularly noted “for foundational advances, sustained service, and entrepreneurial accomplishments in climate data mining and machine learning,” while Melodia was commended “for contributions to architectures and algorithms for software-defined wireless networked systems.”

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  • Fu elected to European Academy of Sciences and Arts

    “Electrical and computer engineering and Khoury College of Computer Sciences professor Yun Raymond Fu was elected as a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts in the Technical and Environmental Sciences class. The Academy’s mission is to stimulate cross-disciplinary collaboration between reputable scientists of all disciplines, leading artists, and practitioners of governance. New members are received formally at the annual Festive Session of the Academy, which takes place on April 5-6.”

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  • With appointment to Scientific Council, Timothy Hoff makes global connections to local contexts

    Timothy Hoff, professor of management, health care systems and public policy, has been appointed to the Scientific Council of the European Academy of Management, which serves as an advisory body to the organization as a whole, on topics ranging from doctoral development and awards to the kinds of research the society promotes and pursues. “It’s a great alignment of what we’re doing as faculty,” Hoff says, “and what the university mission really is — to be a global university.”

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  • Fu and Sridhar named National Academy of Inventors Fellows

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    Among 162 other academic inventors, Northeastern University boasts two new additions to the National Academy of Inventors: Yun Raymond Fu, Distinguished Professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Srinivas Sridhar, Distinguished University Professor of physics.

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  • Murthy receives patent for dendritic cell collection

    “Devices, systems, and methods can be used for the automated production of dendritic cells (DC) from dendritic cell progenitors, such as monocytes obtained from peripheral blood, and the automated generation of immunotherapeutic products from those dendritic cells, all within a closed system. The invention makes it possible to obtain sufficient quantities of a subject’s own DC for use in preparing and characterizing vaccines, for activating and characterizing the activation state of the subject’s immune response, and to aid in preventing and/or treating cancer or infectious disease.”

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  • Improving the efficiency of medical device communication

    “Electrical and computer engineering William Lincoln Smith Professor Tommaso Melodia was awarded a patent for ‘Ultrasonic multiplexing network for implantable medical devices.'”

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  • Chowdhury and Jornet made IEEE Fellows

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    “Electrical and computer engineering professors Kaushik Chowdhury and Josep Jornet were elevated to IEEE Fellows. Chowdhury was elevated for contributions to the development of cognitive radio networks and applied machine learning for wireless systems. Jornet was recognized for contributions in terahertz communication and nanonetworking.”

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  • Connecting to medical devices through ultrasonic network

    “Electrical and computer engineering William Lincoln Smith Professor Tommaso Melodia was awarded a patent for ‘Internet-linked ultrasonic network for medical devices.'”

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  • Protecting wireless systems from adversarial attacks

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    “Electrical and computer engineering William Lincoln Smith Professor Tommaso Melodia, assistant professor Francesco Restuccia and assistant research professor Salvatore D’oro were awarded a patent for ‘Neural network for adversarial deep learning in wireless systems.'”

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  • Improving RF resonator technology

    “Electrical and computer engineering associate professor Cristian Casella and electrical engineering student Xuanyi Zhao, PhD’23, were awarded a patent for ‘Two Dimensional Rod Resonator for RF Filtering.'”

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  • Professor Yi Zheng’s efforts to share science with his community — and the world — garner a Scientist of the Year award

    Associate professor of mechanical and industrial engineering Yi Zheng received the 2022 Scientist of the Year award from the New England Chinese American Alliance, both for his pioneering work in electricity-free cooling and water filtration systems and for his deep civic engagement.

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  • Matteo Rinaldi selected as Optica Fellow

    Electrical and computer engineering professor Matteo Rinaldi was selected as a Fellow of Optica (formerly OSA) for pioneering contributions to the research, development and commercialization of zero-power wireless infrared sensors. Optica Fellows are selected based on several factors, including outstanding contributions to research, business, education, engineering and service to Optica and our community.

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  • Wireless Internet of Things Team wins best paper award at IEEE Globecom 2023

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    “Electrical and computer engineering professors Josep Jornet, Dimitrios Koutsonikolas and Milica Stojanovic, together with graduate students Duschia Bodet, PhD’25, and Phuc Dinh, PhD’25, all within the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things, together with Dr. Joerg Widmer at the IMDEA Networks Institute in Madrid, Spain, have received the Best Paper Award at the IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM) 2023 for their work titled ‘Characterizing Sub-THz MIMO Channels in Practice: A Novel Channel Sounder With Absolute Time Reference.'”

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  • Automating laboratories ‘to shift the paradigm of how people do science’

    Assistant professor of chemistry and chemical biology Sijia Dong has been named a Scialog Fellow in its Automating Chemical Laboratories initiative. She hopes to incorporate computer simulations and artificial intelligence into the experimental process to accelerate chemical discovery.

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  • Professor Analia Albuja receives SAGE Emerging Scholar Award for work on identities ‘that don’t neatly fit’ society’s expectations

    Assistant professor of psychology Analia Albuja is among a cohort of eight scientists who have received a SAGE Emerging Scholar Award. Her work focuses on belonging, social identity and how subjects assert their identities in different situations.

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  • Ravinder Dahiya selected as IEEE Division X Director-Elect

    ECE Professor Ravinder Dahiya was elected as IEEE Division X Director-Elect for 2024. Division X comprises the following societies and councils: –IEEE Computational Intelligence Society –IEEE Control Systems Society –IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society –IEEE Photonics Society –IEEE Robotics and Automation Society –IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society –IEEE Systems Council –IEEE Sensors Council

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  • Teaching AI to see in 3D: How Northeastern researchers are revolutionizing the field of computer vision

    Associate professor of electrical and computer engineering Sarah Ostadabbas, with Ph.D. students Le Jiang and Zhouping Wang, is developing a computer vision algorithm that can estimate three-dimensional human movement — in real time — from livestreamed, two-dimensional video sources.

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  • Maria Ivanova receives Global Green Mentor award at Climate Week NYC — but she’s just getting started

    Maria Ivanova, director of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University, received the Global Green Mentor award during Climate Week NYC 2023 in recognition of her work in education and environmental governance.

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  • Machine learning hardware at a billionth of the power cost

    With a DARPA Young Faculty Award, Aatmesh Shrivastava designs machine learning hardware that uses less power — by a factor of billions.

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  • Kwong Chan receives Outstanding Paper award

    Kwong Chan, an academic specialist in marketing and executive director of the DATA Initiative, received an Emerald Literati Award for Outstanding Paper for his article “How Fakes Make It Through: The Role of Review Features Versus Consumer Characteristics,” published in the Journal of Consumer Marketing.

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  • Ergun elected INFORMS Fellow

    “Ozlem Ergun, College of Engineering distinguished professor in mechanical and industrial engineering, was elected a Fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) for her applications of operations research methods to humanitarian and health systems, emergency response and transportation and logistics problems; and for establishing a community of operations research professionals with interest in public programs. This honor is reserved for few select members. In 2023, only twelve members were elected Fellows.”

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  • Khoury theory researchers receive pair of best paper awards

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    “Former postdoctoral research associate Wei-Kai Lin, PhD. student Ethan Mook, and professor (and NTT research senior scientist) Daniel Wichs won the Best Paper Award at the ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing. The team’s research focused on maintaining user privacy in search engines through fully homomorphic encryption and discussed how the theory could be applied in practice. Meanwhile, professor Soheil Behnezhad won Best Paper at the ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms, one of three flagship conferences in algorithms and theory. His research revolved around dynamic graph algorithms, optimizing processes for changing conditions and large datasets.”

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  • Northeastern professor Samina Karim receives prestigious award for career-defining paper — written 23 years ago

    Samina Karim has received a best paper prize for a study published during her Ph.D. qualifying exams — 23 years ago — about how companies reconfigure in the wake of acquisitions. Co-written with her Ph.D. adviser Will Mitchell, who passed away in 2021, the experience has been “bittersweet,” Karim says.

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