On December 14, College of Engineering Dean Ted Djaferis was recognized with a 2011 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Control Systems Society (CSS) Distinguished Member Award. This was one of two Distinguished Member Awards given in 2011 and one of only 86 that have been given out since the formation of CSS in 1954. The award was presented during the CSS Awards Ceremony at the 2011 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, held in conjunction with the 2011 European Control Conference in Orlando, Florida.
In the February 2012 issue of the Control Systems Magazine, this is how the citation will read: “Theodore E. Djaferis, of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is recognized for contributions to robust control theory, parametric robustness, and algebraic systems theory; and outstanding service to the Control Systems Society in conference organization, revitalization of the CSS conference-related structures, and society governance (in Board of Governors, Vice President, and President roles).”
IEEE is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity with 346,657 members (in 2010). CSS is one of its member societies that was founded in 1954 and in 2010 had 9,048 members.
Dean Djaferis is a Fellow of IEEE who was recognized “for contributions to robust control and algebraic system theory,” and who for more than a quarter century has been heavily involved with CSS. Leadership positions held include: Program Chair IEEE Conference on Decision and Control 1997; Member, Board of Governors IEEE CSS, 1996-1999, 2001-2008; General Chair IEEE Conference on Decision and Control 2001; Vice-President Member Activities, IEEE CSS, 2002-2003, Vice-President Conference Activities IEEE CSS, 2004-2005, President-Elect, President, Past-President IEEE CSS 2006, 2007, 2008 respectively.
Dean Djaferis has had a long and distinguished career at the College of Engineering. He earned his B.S. from our ECE department in 1974, and his M.S. (1977), E.E. (1978), and Ph.D. (1979) in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the faculty of the UMass Amherst ECE department in 1979. He received the Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Professor Award from the ECE Department in 1982, 1988, and 1990, and the college’s Outstanding Teacher Award in 2001. He has served as dean since August of 2009. (December 2011)