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John Papapolymerou Named Chair of Michigan State University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

By Business Wire News   


Ioannis “John” Papapolymerou has been named chair of the Michigan State University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). His appointment is effective Aug. 16, 2015.

Papapolymerou comes to MSU from Georgia Tech, where he was serving as the Ken Byers Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and associate director of the Georgia Electronic Design Center (GEDC). His research interests include the development of microwave/mm-wave/submm-wave circuits, antennas and modules for wireless communication, radar and sensing systems.

“We are pleased to welcome John to the MSU College of Engineering,” said Dean Leo Kempel. “During a period of expansion for the department and college, his experiences as a research-intense faculty member at a Top Ten program will benefit the department, college, and university.”

Papapolymerou will also serve as the MSU Foundation Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The title is bestowed by MSU, with support from the MSU Foundation, as part of an initiative to attract and retain top researchers critical to meeting the strategic initiatives of the university.

Papapolymerou joined the faculty of the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2001. He led the Microwave Circuit Technology Group, where he and his team developed a variety of high frequency circuits including lightweight System-on-a-Package phased arrays, RF MEMS reconfigurable antennas and filters, silicon micromachined THz filters and multipliers and microfluidic power amplifiers.

“Higher education and technical learning are the cornerstone for the advancement of our society and the creation of new job opportunities that our economy needs,” Papapolymerou said.

“Coming to MSU allows me to implement my dream of advancing research and teaching in electrical and computer engineering and connecting it with our society to provide unique opportunities for our undergraduate and graduate students in Michigan and throughout the world. I am thrilled to be a member of the Spartan family,” he added.

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