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Donald P. Eckman Award

The Eckman Award recognizes an outstanding young engineer in the field of automatic control. The recipient must be younger than 35 years on January 1 of the year of award. Accordingly, for 2012 Eckman Award consideration, the nominee must be born after January 1, 1977 Contributions may be technical or scientific publications, theses, patents, inventions, or combinations of the above in the field of automatic control made while the nominee was a resident of the USA. Supporting documentation must include a full endorsement by at least one responsible supervisor.

Ilya Kolmanovsky

For contributions to nonlinear control and for pioneering work in automotive engine control of powertrain systems

Ilya Kolmanovsky studied as an undergraduate at Moscow Aviation Institute in Russia. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering in 1993 and 1995, respectively, and his M.A. in Mathematics in 1995, all from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In 1996 Dr. Kolmanovsky joined Ford Research Laboratory of Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan as a Technical Specialist. At Ford he has been conducting research on control, modeling and systems development of advanced technology automotive gasoline and diesel powertrains, and is presently a Staff Technical Specialist. Dr.

Claire Tomlin

For pioneering contributions to hybrid control systems and embedded software for real-time control, with application to air traffic control, avionics, and computational biology

Claire Tomlin received the Ph. D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1998. Since September 1998 she has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University, with a courtesy appointment in Electrical Engineering. She is a graduate fellow in the Division of Applied Sciences at Harvard University in 1994, and she has been a visiting researcher at NASA Ames Research Center during 1994-1998, at Honeywell Technology Center in 1997, and at the University of British Columbia in 1994.

Daniel Liberzon

For contributions to the theories of switched systems and nonlinear control, and their application to control design under limited information

Daniel Liberzon was born in the former Soviet Union on April 22, 1973. He was a student in the Department of Mechanics and Mathematics at Moscow State University from 1989 to 1993 and received the Ph.D. degree in mathematics from Brandeis University in 1998 (under the supervision of Prof. Roger W. Brockett of Harvard University).

Murat Arcak

For outstanding contributions to feedback design of nonlinear systems and networks, and innovative applications to fuel cell technology

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.

Paulo Tabuada

For pioneering contributions in the design and implementation of hybrid and embedded control systems

Paulo Tabuada was born in Lisbon, Portugal, one year after the Carnation Revolution. He received his "Licenciatura" degree in Aerospace Engineering from Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon, Portugal in 1998 and his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2002 from the Institute for Systems and Robotics, a private research institute associated with Instituto Superior Tecnico. Between January 2002 and July 2003 he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania.