Georghiades named head of Electrical and Computer Engineering
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Vice Chancellor and Dean of Engineering Dr. G. Kemble Bennett has appointed Dr. Costas N. Georghiades head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University. Georghiades, professor and holder of the Delbert A. Whitaker Chair in Electrical Engineering, succeeds Dr. Chanan Singh, who led the department for eight years. "With enormous passion, Dr. Chanan Singh has built a strong program over the past eight years, and there is not a better candidate than Dr. Georghiades to maintain and enhance the excellence of the electrical and computer engineering department," Bennett said. "Dr. Georghiades not only possesses an engaging leadership style, but is well respected among our faculty and students. He will be an excellent representative of the engineering program." Georghiades joined the Dwight Look College of Engineering faculty in 1985 as an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering. His general research interests are in the application of information, communication and estimation theories to the study of communications systems. He leads the department's Telecommunications and Signal Processing Group and is co-director of the VLSI-Telecommunications Research Center. A registered professional engineer in Texas, Georghiades is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He previously held the J.W. Runyon, Jr. Professorship in Electrical Engineering at Texas A&M, as well as the Halliburton Professorship and the E.D. Brockett Professorship from the Look College. Over the years he served in editorial positions with the IEEE Transactions on Communications, the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications and the IEEE Communications Letters. He has been involved in organizing a number of conferences, including recently as technical program chair for the 2005 IEEE Communication Theory Workshop and as general chair of the 2004 Information Theory Workshop. He currently serves as chair of the IEEE Communication Society's Communication Theory Technical Committee and in various committees of the IEEE Communications and Information Theory Societies. Georghiades holds a bachelor's degree from the American University of Beirut and master's and doctoral degrees from Washington University.