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ECE Alums Amin and Misra Elevated to IEEE Fellows

Vishal Misra

Vishal Misra 

Massoud Amin

Massoud Amin

Two highly accomplished alumni of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department and recent recipients of the College of Engineering Outstanding Alumni Awards have just been elevated to IEEE Fellows, the highest level in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers professional society. The new IEEE Fellows are: Massoud Amin, B.S. '82, M.S. '85, ECE, a 2013 Outstanding Senior Alumni Recipient; and Vishal Misra, M.S. ’96, Ph.D. ’00, ECE, 2014 Outstanding Junior Alumni Recipient.

According to the IEEE website, “IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation.”

Recipients of the College of Engineering Outstanding Senior Alumni Award have brought recognition and honor to the College of Engineering through their professional achievements, leadership, and service to the profession, university, and society. Recipients of the College of Engineering Outstanding Junior Alumni Award are worthy ambassadors for the College of Engineering and have shown extraordinary effort and notable success in their early careers.

Dr. Amin is considered the "Father of the Smart Grid." He is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota, holds the Honeywell/H.W. Sweatt Chair in Technological Leadership, is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor, and is the Director of the Technological Leadership Institute at that university. Dr. Amin served as the founder and director of graduate studies for the security technologies program (2008-2012), and the director of graduate studies for the management of technology program (2003-2009).

Before joining the University of Minnesota in 2003, he held positions of increasing responsibility at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Palo Alto, California. After 9/11, he directed all EPRI's Infrastructure Security R&D and served as Area Manager for Infrastructure Security, Grid Operations/Planning, and Energy Markets. Prior to that, he served as head of mathematics and information sciences at EPRI, where he led the development of more than 24 technologies that transferred to industry, and pioneered R&D in "self-healing" infrastructures and smart grids.

In addition to his UMass degrees, Dr. Amin holds M.S. and D.Sc. degrees in Systems Science and Mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis.

Dr. Amin is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and the editor of seven collections of manuscripts, and he serves on the editorial boards of six academic journals. He was three times Professor of the Year at Washington University in St. Louis (1992-1995), received the 2002 President's Award for the Infrastructure Security Initiative at EPRI, and twice received the Chauncey Award, the institute's highest honor.

Dr. Misra is a Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University. He is credited with inventing live-microblogging at Cricinfo, a company co-founded by him while he was a graduate student at UMass Amherst, thus predating Twitter by 10 years. Cricinfo was later acquired by ESPN and is still the world’s most popular sports portal.

Dr. Misra received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a Department of Energy CAREER Award, and Google and IBM Faculty Awards. His research emphasis is on mathematical modeling of networking systems, bridging the gap between practice and analysis.  Based on Dr. Misra’s doctoral and post-doctoral research at UMass Amherst, Cisco Systems, Inc. has recently developed a software algorithm, to be deployed on most cable modems, to better manage network latencies and overall network throughput.

Dr. Misra has been conducting research in Internet economics and recently appeared before the Indian Parliament to present his views on net neutrality while also contributing articles and interviews for leading media outlets including The Hindu and The Financial Express.

He served as the Vice-Chair of the Computer Science Department at Columbia University from 2009 to 2011, and in 2011 he spun out a company called Infinio in the area of datacenter storage. After raising $24 million from top-tier venture capital firms and recruiting a professional executive team, he has transitioned to the role of Chief Scientist of the company. Infinio is based in Boston and employs over 70 people.

Misra received his B. Tech. from IIT Bombay in 1992 in addition to his UMass degrees. (December 2015)