UMass Amherst Engineering Dean Theodore E. Djaferis Wins Distinguished Member Award

AMHERST, Mass. - Theodore E. Djaferis, dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has received the 2011 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Control Systems Society (CSS) Distinguished Member Award. It was one of two awards given in 2011 and one of only 86 that have been given out since the society’s formation in 1954. The award was presented at the 2011 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, held in conjunction with the 2011 European Control Conference in Orlando, Fla., on Dec. 14.

IEEE is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity and had 346,657 members in 2010. CSS is one of its member societies and has 9,048 members.

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 he has held include: president-elect, president, past-president IEEE CSS 2006, 2007, 2008 respectively; IEEE CSS, vice-president member activities, IEEE CSS, 2002-03; vice-president conference activities, 2004-05; member, board of governors IEEE CSS, 1996-99, 2001-08; general chair IEEE Conference on Decision and Control 2001, and program chair IEEE Conference on Decision and Control 1997.

Djaferis has had a long and distinguished career at the College of Engineering. He earned his bachelor’s of science degree in electrical and computer engineering in 1974 from UMass Amherst. From the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he earned a master of science degree in 1977 in electrical engineering and an electrical engineer degree in 1978. In 1979 at MIT, he earned a doctorate in electrical engineering and computer science. He joined the faculty of the UMass Amherst electrical and computer engineering department in 1979. He received the Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Professor Award from the department in 1982, 1988 and 1990, and the college’s Outstanding Teacher Award in 2001. He has served as dean since August 2009.