August 2, 2010
Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Vijayakumar Bhagavatula, known as Professor Kumar, is the new associate dean for graduate and faculty affairs in Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering. His new position began July 1.
Kumar assumes duties held since 2006 by David A. Dzombak, the Walter J. Blenko Sr. Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and faculty director of Carnegie Mellon's Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research.
"Kumar brings significant academic and administrative experience to this position, and I look forward to his continued significant contributions and leadership in this new, important assignment," said University Professor Pradeep K. Khosla, dean of the College of Engineering.
Since 1982, Kumar has been a distinguished faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), where he served as the department's associate head from 1994 to 1996 and acting head from 2004 to 2005.
"I am extremely honored to be named to this new post, and I look forward to working with my faculty peers and outstanding students and staff as we continue to educate and train the world's finest engineers for leadership roles spanning both technology and public policy venues," Kumar said.
An internationally renowned academician, Kumar's research interests include pattern recognition, biometrics, and coding and signal processing for data storage systems. The prolific writer has co-authored a book entitled "Correlation Pattern Recognition," 15 book chapters and more than 500 technical papers.
Kumar is a fellow of many important professional associations, including the Institute for Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE), the International Society of Optical Engineering (SPIE), the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the International Association of Pattern Recognition (IAPR).
In 2003, Kumar received the Eta Kappa Nu Award for Excellence in Teaching in the ECE Department. He's also earned the College of Engineering's Dowd Fellowship for educational contributions and 2009 Outstanding Faculty Research Award.
He received his B. Tech and M. Tech degrees in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, in 1975 and 1977, respectively. He earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon in 1980.