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$400,000 from Former Student Launches the Anil K. Jain Endowed Graduate Fellowship at the Michigan State University College of Engineering


June 2, 2015
By Business Wire News

EAST LANSING, Mich.

A $400,000 cash gift will honor one of the world’s foremost authorities on pattern recognition, computer vision, and biometric recognition with the creation of an endowed fund in his name at Michigan State University.

The Anil K. Jain Endowed Graduate Fellowship is an anonymous gift from an international businessman who was a visiting scholar in computer graphics and image processing in Jain’s laboratory in the early 1980s. The fellowship fund will support doctoral-level research on pattern recognition, computer vision, and biometric recognition.

Jain is a University Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at MSU, who has conducted trailblazing research in data clustering, fingerprint recognition and face recognition. His research is followed by his peers as indicated by his h-index which is the highest among active computer science researchers in the world today.

“I am so very grateful that a former student has chosen to honor me by establishing this endowment,” Jain said. “I am flattered that our time together at MSU was so meaningful to him.”

Jain’s research articles on biometrics have appeared in Scientific American, Nature, IEEE Spectrum, Scholarpedia, and MIT Technology Review.

He has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim fellowship, the Humboldt Research award, a Fulbright fellowship, the IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement award (2003), the W. Wallace McDowell award (2007), the IAPR King-Sun Fu Prize (2008), and the ICDM 2008 Research Contribution Award. He holds six patents, and is the author of several books.

The $400,000 gift is part of the Michigan State University’s Empower Extraordinary Campaign. Others wishing to contribute to the Anil K. Jain Endowed Graduate Fellowship fund may contact Stephen Bates in the MSU College of Engineering, at batesst@egr.msu.edu.

The Michigan State University College of Engineering has eight academic departments serving 4,900 undergraduate and more than 800 graduate students through 10 undergraduate and nine graduate degree programs. For more, visit www.egr.msu.edu.

Michigan State University College of Engineering
Patricia Mroczek, 517-432-1303
mroczekp@egr.msu.edu