Faculty Achievements

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Dr. Javad Hashemi

Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering and Computer Science

Appointed as a Special Advisor to the Link Foundation Board. The Link Foundation is a charitable trust established in 1953 by the late Edwin A. and Marion Link. Since 1953, grants totaling nearly $16M have been awarded to universities, colleges and other non-profit organizations to fund internships, scholarships, fellowships and research projects which have benefited thousands of students nationwide and in Canada.


Dr. Manhar Dhanak

Professor and Director of SeaTech - The Institute for Ocean & Systems Engineering, Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering

Received the 2018 World Class Faculty Award from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance for his innovative work in developing ocean technologies, such as unmanned autonomous marine vehicles, and his work with ocean engineering students, both inside and outside of the classroom. The World Class Faculty Award is presented annually as part of the Alliance's "Educational Excellence Builds Business" campaign. The campaign showcases the high quality of Greater Fort Lauderdale's pre-K–20 education system and the outstanding quality of the local workforce including the "world class" faculty who are nationally or internationally known in their fields.

Pados Batalama

Dr. Dimitris Pados

Professor & I-SENSE Fellow, Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Dr. Stella Batalama

Dean and Professor, College of Engineering and Computer Science

Profs. Pados and Batalama will continue exploratory research on the disruptive idea of L1-norm principal-component analysis (PCA) for robust data analytics in the presence of potentially faulty or corrupted data measurements. In particular, the research will focus on (i) the theory of sparse L1-PC analysis of data and specific applications to major communications and networks systems challenges such as (ii) joint channel estimation and data detection and (iii) network anomaly detection. (sponsor: Univ. of Buffalo at SUNY, total funding amount: $22,152, duration: Nov. 1, 2017 – Aug. 31, 2018).


Dr. Taghi M. Khoshgoftaar

Motorola Professor, Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Panelist/speaker at the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics 2018 World Congress, that will be held in Los Angeles, CA., April 13 – 15, 2018. The event will focus on “Advanced Analytics in Sport Neuroscience and Brain Health.”


Dr. Khaled Sobhan

Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering

Awarded the 2018 William Holmes McGuffey Longevity Award for his textbook, "Principles of Geotechnical Engineering," 9th ed., co-authored by Braja M. Das. The McGuffey Longevity Award recognizes textbooks and learning materials whose excellence has been demonstrated over time. To be nominated, a work must have been in print 15 years and still be selling. The award will be presented at the Textbooks and Academic Authors Association (TAAs) 31st Annual Textbook & Academic Authoring Conference in Santa Fe, NM, June 15, 2018.

Dr. Sudhagar Nagarajan

Dr. Sudhagar Nagarajan

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering

Dr. Nagarajan was awarded a research grant, sponsored by Palm Beach County for $16,500, for his research work titled “3D Mobile Laser Scanning of Indian River Lagoon around JILONA (Yr. 2).” The purpose of the project is to map and monitor the loss of land and resources due to active erosion along the Indian River Lagoon and Loxahatchee River, Recommended Action 1.4 in the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area (JILONA) Climate Strategy prepared by Palm Beach County for Bureau of Land Management. Project Duration: Jan. 23, 2018 to Nov. 30, 2018.

Dr. Mehrdad Nojoumian

Dr. Mehrdad Nojoumian

Assistant Professor, Department of Computer & Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Appointed as a Fellow in the 2018 Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program (AFRL-SFFP) for his proposal titled “New Techniques for Fast Implementation of Secure Multiparty Protocols: Processing Private Data on Resource-Constrained Devices in the Battlefields.” The U.S. AFRL-SFFP offers hands-on exposure to Air Force research challenges through 8- to 12-week research residencies at participating Air Force research facilities for full-time science, mathematics, and engineering faculty at U.S. colleges and universities. The program is sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and is administered by Systems Plus, which provides the oversight and administrative structure for the selection and appointment of applicants.

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