Work in Sensors Earns Das Technical Award
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 23 July, 2009 – Education is central to individuals realizing their potential, said National Science Foundation program director and IEEE Computer Society volunteer Sajal Das in accepting his Technical Achievement Award. Das’s acceptance speech can be viewed at http://www2.computer.org/portal/web/csvideos/2008-cs-awards.
The Technical Achievement Award recognizes outstanding and innovative contributions to the fields of computer and information science and engineering or computer technology. John Bay of the Air Force Research Laboratory; Elena Ferrari, professor of database management systems at the University of Insubria; and Tim Finin of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, were also honored with Technical Achievement Awards this year.
Das was singled out for his “pioneering contributions to sensor networks.” He is recognized as a leader for his fundamental contributions in pervasive computing and smart environments, and his research results are considered part of the foundational literature in mobile and pervasive computing.
Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing and IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, Das is also founder of the IEEE Computer Society’s IEEE International Symposium on a World of Wireless Mobile and Multimedia Networks and International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications. An IEEE Senior Member, he served as Vice Chair of the Computer Society’s Technical Committees on Parallel Processing and Computer Communications.
In his acceptance speech, Das described his passion and love for teaching and research, and noted that it is through education that individuals realize their potential. He stated that the best teacher is a lifelong learner, and there is no difference between being a teacher and a student. His current research interests include wireless and sensor networks, mobile and ubiquitous computing, biological networks, and applied game theory.
Das is a Distinguished Scholar Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, and the Founding Director of the Center for Research in Wireless Mobility and Networking at the University of Texas at Arlington. He holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Central Florida, and has published two books, five patents, 35 book chapters, and 411 articles. In addition, he has graduated 28 PhD students, 26 master’s students, and five bachelor’s honor students.
He is a recipient of the Lockheed Martin Teaching Excellence Award (2009), IEEE Region 5 Outstanding Engineering Educator Award (2008), IEEE Fort-Worth Section Engineer of the Year Award (2007), UTA Academy of Distinguished Scholars Award (2006), University Award for Distinguished Record of Research (2005), Engineering Research Excellence Award (2003), and Outstanding Computer Science Faculty Award (2001).
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