Bhaskar Krishnamachari of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering will receive the 2010 Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Young Electrical and Computer Engineer Award. Eta Kappa Nu is the honor society for electrical and computer engineering. This award is presented to a young electrical and computer engineer for outstanding technical achievements, meritorious service in the interests of humankind, cultural and aesthetic achievements, and professional activities.
Bhaskar is an associate professor in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. He also has a joint appointment in the Department of Computer Science, and is designated a Ming Hsieh Faculty Fellow. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from Cornell University, where he was named one of eight 1998 Olin Presidential Fellows. He has been a member of Eta Kappa Nu since 1997.
Bhaskar has made outstanding contributions to engineering education and the profession through his research on next generation wireless networks and with the publication of his seminal textbook, Networking Wireless Sensors. Bhaskar is author or co-author of nearly 200 technical papers on a range of topics in next-generation wireless networks (including wireless sensor networks, cognitive radio networks, vehicular networks, mobile social networks, and green cellular networks) and is considered one of the leading researchers in this field by his peers.
He has been dedicated to helping students immerse themselves in the rich academic life of learning, discovery, sharing, and service, and to help them develop essential qualities of leadership and expertise, through creative curriculum development, teaching and mentoring. His ability as a leader is also demonstrated by the impact his research has had across the country in training students and industry professionals alike. He was a co-recipient of the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation’s Innovation Inside Curriculum Award in 2008, has fostered the development and graduation of nine Ph.D. students and one post-doc, and currently supervises 12 Ph.D. students. He has organized workshops at USC aimed at mentoring Ph.D. students interested in academic positions.
He has received a number of other awards, including the 2010 Frederick Emmons Terman Award of the American Association of Engineering Education, the NSF CAREER award in 2004, the Viterbi School of Engineering Junior Faculty Research Award in 2005, and a USC-Mellon Award for Excellence in Mentoring Graduate Students in 2008. Bhaskar has also received best paper awards at the IEEE/ACM Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN 2004, IPSN 2010) and at the ACM Symposium on Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Wireless and Mobile Systems (MSWiM 2006). He serves as an editor for the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, the ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks, and the Elsevier Journal on Ad Hoc Networks. Bhaskar is also a member of the IEEE, ACM, and Tau Beta Pi.