Four Elected to CASE

Four UConn engineering faculty have been elected to membership in the prestigious Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE). They will be formally inducted during the Academy’s 35th annual meeting on May 20, 2010. They are:

Emmanouil Anagnostou, professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE). Dr. Anagnostou conducts research encompassing remote sensing of precipitation processes and analysis and prediction of atmospheric and surface hydrologic variables through the assimilation of remotely sensed data in dynamic models and physically based radiometric algorithms. He previously received a National Science Foundation Early Career Development (NSF CAREER) award, the Marie Curie Excellence Award, the European Geophysical Union Plinius Medal, and a NASA New Investigator Program Award.

C. Barry Carter, Head of the Department of Chemical,Materials & Biomolecular Engineering. Dr. Carter’s research involves interfaces and defects in ceramics and semiconductors. He is co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Materials Science and co-author of Transmission Electron Microscopy: a Textbook for Materials Science and Ceramic Materials: Science & Engineering (2007). His received the Berndt Matthias Scholar Award (Los Alamos National Laboratory), Alexander von Humboldt Senior Award, and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. He is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, MRS and the Microscopy Society of America (MSA).

Robert Gao, the Pratt & Whitney Endowed Chair Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research spans physics-based sensing methodology, smart structures and materials, energy harvesting, wireless communication, biomechanics, and energy-efficient sensor networks. Dr. Gao holds four patents, is a co-Editor of the book Condition Monitoring and Control for Intelligent Manufacturing, and is an Associate Editor for the ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering and the IFAC Journal of Mechatronics. He received an NSF CAREER award and is a Fellow of the ASME and IEEE.

Shengli Zhou, a United Technologies Corporation (UTC) Professor in Engineering Innovation affiliated with the Electrical & Computer Engineering department. He received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE, ’08) and an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (’07). He is co-director of the UConn Underwater Sensor Network (UWSN) Lab and conducts research involving underwater acoustic communications and networking, multi-user communications, multi-carrier communications, space-time coding, adaptive modulation, and cross-layer designs for wireless systems.

CASE membership is limited to 400 scientists and engineers from Connecticut’s academic, industrial and industrial communities. As a group, members identify and study issues and technological advances of concern to Connecticut residents and provide unbiased, expert advice on science- and technology-related issues to state government and other Connecticut institutions.

This year’s new inductees also included seven other UConn researchers: Drs. Kent Holsinger (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology); Senjie Lin and James O’Donnell (Marine Sciences); and from the UConn Health Center – Elizabeth Eipper and Richard Mains (Neuroscience), Victor Hesselbrock (Psychiatry), and Peter Setlow (Molecular, Microbial & Structural Biology).