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.
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.