ECE welcomes José M. F. Moura as its first Associate Department Head for Research and Strategic Initiatives


March 28, 2014

Carnegie Mellon’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has named Professor José M. F. Moura its first Associate Department Head for Research and Strategic Initiatives, effective September 1, 2014. In this newly created role, Moura will lead the strategic planning and associated faculty hiring in ECE and will develop and implement a strategy for entrepreneurship and innovation engaging faculty and the entire student body.

“I am extremely pleased that José will join the department leadership team as the first Associate Department Head for Research and Strategic Initiatives.  José’s exceptional scholarly reputation and demonstrated vision, a proven track record of leadership successes, and a passionate dedication to CMU make him an excellent choice for this newly formed position,” said Jelena Kovačević, Department Head of ECE.

Moura, the Philip and Marsha Dowd University Professor in the Departments of ECE and Biomedical Engineering (by courtesy), has interests in statistical signal and image processing and data science.

“These are exciting times – our ECE science and technology is going through a very fast paradigm change and seating still is not an option. I share Prof. Kovačević’s goal of engaging our faculty and students in defining the exciting opportunities of where to invest our efforts and how to grow organically so ECE continues and accelerates our path of excellence. I believe that quality in research and education now also means fostering a spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation. I accept this new challenge and look forward to working with the entire ECE community to get where we want to be in the next five years,” said Moura, who joined CMU in 1986.

Moura has held visiting professor appointments with MIT and NYU and was on the faculty of IST (Portugal). At CMU, he founded and directs the Information and Communication Technologies Institute (ICTI) that manages the CMU/Portugal Program and co-founded and co-directs the Center for Sensed Critical Infrastructure Research (CenSIR). With CMU colleagues, he cofounded SpiralGen that commercializes, under a CMU license, the Spiral technology. He holds eleven issued patents, of which two (co-inventor Kavcic) have been found to be used in the read channel chips of 2.4 billion disk drives (60% of all computers sold worldwide in the last ten years).

Moura’s professional volunteer activities include having been an IEEE Board Director, IEEE Division IX Director, member of several IEEE Boards, President of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS), and Editor-in-Chief for the Transactions on Signal Processing. He has been on the Editorial Boards of several IEEE and ACM Journals.

He received numerous awards including the IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Achievement Award and the IEEE Signal Processing Society Award for outstanding technical contributions and leadership in signal processing. Moura is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of AAAS, a corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences of Portugal, and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering.

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