Four generations of ECE


March 19, 2015

Members of the College of Engineering gathered on March 17 to celebrate Vijayakumar Bhagavatula’s U.A. and Helen Whitaker Professorship. Professorship ceremonies often bring together many members of the Carnegie Mellon community. As the highest academic award a university can bestow on a faculty member, these celebrations are attended by many past and current professors and students. But it’s on rare occasion that four generations of Electrical and Computer Engineering gather in the same room.  

One emeritus professor, two current professors, and a current Ph.D. student represented four generations of the ECE family. David Casasent, Emeritus George Westinghouse Professor of ECE, advised Vijayakumar Bhagavatula, U.A. and Helen Whitaker Professor of ECE, who advised Marios Savvides, Research Professor of ECE, who advises Chandrasekhar Bhagavatula, a current ECE Ph.D student. Spanning more than four decades, this ECE family tree has made significant contributions to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.