Murat Arcak was born in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1973. He received the B.S. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Bogazici University, Istanbul, in 1996, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1997 and 2000, under the direction of Petar Kokotovic. After a brief postdoctoral stint at Santa Barbara, in 2001 he joined the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, as an assistant professor of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering. He has also held short-term visiting appointments at theUniversity of Melbourne, Australia, and at Ecole des Mines de Paris, France.
Dr. Arcak?s research is in nonlinear control theory and its applications, with particular interest in robust and observer-based feedback designs, and in analysis and design of largescale networks. In these areas he has published over eighty journal and conference papers, and organized several technical workshops. He is a member of SIAM, a senior member of IEEE, as well as an associate editor for Automatica and for the Conference Editorial Board of IEEE Control Systems Society. He received anNSF CAREER Award in 2003.