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Dr. Luh Named Head of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Dr. Peter Luh, the SNET Professor of Communications and Information Technologies, was appointed Head of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department (ECE) in August following an internal search. The ECE Department is home to 23 full-time faculty members and boasted research expenditures of $4.3 million during the 2005-06 fiscal year.

Dr. Luh received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University in 1980 and joined the University of Connecticut the same year. His areas of expertise include planning, scheduling, and coordination of design, manufacturing and service activities; schedule and bid optimization and load/price forecasting for power systems; and decision making under uncertain, fuzzy, or distributed environments. He collaborates extensively with industry to assist in development of near-optimal and computationally efficient approaches for the planning, scheduling, and coordination of design, manufacturing, and service activities to improve on-time delivery and inventory control. His research has helped Cannondale, Toshiba, Sikorsky, and Pratt & Whitney install advanced planning and scheduling methodologies.

Dr. Luh has authored or co-authored 15 book chapters, more than 80 archival technical journal papers, and more than 200 conference papers on subjects as diverse as game theory, decision-making, power systems, and manufacturing systems. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society; and Outstanding Achievement Award presented by United Technologies Research Center. He is co-inventor on one U.S. patent.

Dr. Luh served as Director of the Booth Engineering Center for Advanced Technology (BECAT) from 1997-2004. At the University level, he played a key role in winning support from the National Science Foundation to link UConn with the Internet II network. He is founding Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (2003-08) and Associate Editor of Discrete Event Dynamic Systems (1999-present), IIE Transactions on Design and Manufacturing (1997-present), and ACTA Automatica Sinica (2005-present). He was formerly the Technical/Associate Editor (1990-94), Editor (1995-1999) and Editor-in-Chief (1999-2003) of IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation; and a member and Council member (2000-2005) of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.