ECE Alumnus Named Engineering Dean at EPFL

 Demetri Psaltis to Strengthen Engineering's Central Role at Swiss Institute

January 1, 2007

ECE alumnus Demetri Psaltis (B.S. ECE and Economics, 1974; M.S. ECE, 1975; Ph.D. ECE, 1977) has been appointed dean of the School of Engineering and professor of electrical engineering and applied optics at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland, effective January 1. Returning to his native Europe, Psaltis will work to strengthen engineering's central role at EPFL.

His research areas include optical information processing, holographic memory, optical networks, imaging, optical memories and optical devices. Having earned over a thousand citations for his work in optical neural networks, he is also interested in nanotechnology, focusing on devices that combine new materials and microstructures.

Psaltis joins the faculty at EPFL after leading the multi-institutional DARPA Center for Optofluidic Integration and serving as Thomas G. Myers Professor of Electrical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where he taught for 26 years. He has advised more than 40 Ph.D. students, many of whom have started their own companies or pursued successful careers in academia. When he was a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon, he was advised by David Casasent, now George Westinghouse Professor of ECE.

The co-founder of two start-up companies, Psaltis holds 39 patents and recently received the Dennis Gabor Award from the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE). He is a Fellow of SPIE, the Optical Society of America (OSA), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE). From 1996-1999 he served as director of the Center for Neuromorphic Systems Engineering (CNSE), which is sponsored by the NSF.

Note: The ECE Department at Carnegie Mellon participates in a university-wide undergraduate exchange with the EPFL. The full-year program is open to ECE majors in their junior year.

Sources: EPFL News, SPIE Announcements

ECE alumnus Demetri Psaltis has been appointed dean of the School of Engineering and professor of electrical engineering and applied optics at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

 

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