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December 3, 2019

DTC Director Georgios B. Giannakis

Georgios B. GiannakisGeorgios B. Giannakis, Endowed Professor of ECE and Director of DTC was named National Academy of Inventors Fellow

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) announced today that University of Minnesota, Electrical and Computer Engineering, McKnight Presidential Chair Professor Georgios B. Giannakis, has been named an NAI Fellow.

Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.

Giannakis is a world-renown and field-shaping engineer and scientist who is known best for his contributions to the fundamental understanding of Signal Processing, Wireless Communications, Networking, and Data Science. His group’s research program has broad impact to a variety of technologically important fields, including the Internet of Things, social, brain, and power networks with renewables.

Giannakis holds over 32 U.S. and foreign patents in the field of Wireless Communications (several related to the 4G LTE standard), Signal Processing, and Power Systems. He has (co-) authored more than 450 journal and more than 750 conference publications, 25 book chapters, two edited books, and two research monographs (73K Google Scholar citations and h-index 143). He is the (co-) recipient of 10 best journal paper awards from the IEEE Signal Processing (SP) and Communications Societies, Technical Achievement Awards, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fourier Technical Field Award, and the IEEE Communications Society Education Award.

He has led more than 65 sponsored projects with funding in excess of $17 million. He has mentored a group of 50 Ph.D. students and 25 postdoctoral researchers, with documented diversity: 12/50 underrepresented; 30/50 are faculty members; 15/50 are in industry; and 5/50 in government labs; 12/50 plus 10/25 are IEEE Fellows. Many of these students and post-docs have gone on to become inventors in their own right with outstanding careers in academia, government, and industry.

Giannakis joined the University of Minnesota faculty in 1999, and has held the ADC Endowed Chair in Wireless Telecommunications since 2001. He has served as director of the University of Minnesota’s Digital Technology Center (DTC) since 2008. Since 2016 he has also held a McKnight Presidential Chair in ECE.

The 2019 NAI Fellows will be highlighted with a full-page announcement in January 2020, issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education and in upcoming issues of Technology & Innovation. Fellow Giannakis will be inducted to NAI in the annual NAI meeting on April 8-10, 2020 at The Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ.

The complete list of NAI Fellows is available on the NAI website.

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