Madhavan Swaminathan and Doug Werner named international AI association fellows

May 17, 2023

By Ashley WennersHerron

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State Professors Madhavan Swaminathan and Doug Werner were selected as 2023 fellows by the Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association (AAIA). 

Swaminathan is the William E. Leonhard Chair Professor and department head of electrical engineering in the Penn State School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), and Werner is the John L. and Genevieve H. McCain Chair Professor in EECS. They are both affiliated with the Penn State Materials Research Institute

The main mission of AAIA is “to strengthen scientists in the field of AI and other fields worldwide to promote the development and application of AI through academic research, academic exchanges, science education, science exhibitions, academic conferences, academic publications, summer/winter camps and other activities,” according to the association’s website. Established in 2021, AAIA is an international organization with more than 1,000 fellows from academia and industry focused on developing AI applications for use in energy, transportation, computing, robotics, communications, medicine and more. 

Swaminathan, who directs the Center for Heterogeneous Integration of Micro Electronic Systems at Penn State, has authored more than 550 technical publications and holds 31 patents. He has co-founded two start-up companies: Jacket Micro Devices, which was acquired by AVX Corp., and E-System Design. Swaminathan is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), and he has advised 74 graduate students. His recognitions include the Georgia Tech Electrical and Computer Engineering Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award, the D. Scott Wills Electrical and Computer Engineering Distinguished Mentor Award, the Georgia Tech Outstanding Achievement in Research Program Development Award, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli in India, the Outstanding Sustained Technical Contribution Award from the IEEE Electronics Packaging Society and 32 best paper awards at various venues.

Werner, who directs the Penn State Computational Electromagnetics and Antennas Research Lab, researches and develops metamaterial-enabled electromagnetic and optical devices with a focus on inverse-design techniques for electromagnetic, plasmonic and photonic systems. Werner is a fellow of IEEE, SPIE, NAI, the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society, the Institution of Engineering Technology, Optica and the PIER Electromagnetics Academy. His recognitions include the 2015 Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES) Technical Achievement Award, the 2019 ACES Computational Electromagnetics Award and the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society 2019 Chen-To Tai Distinguished Educator Award. He was the recipient of a Penn State Engineering Alumni Society (PSEAS) Outstanding Research Award and Outstanding Teaching Award in 2000 and 2002, respectively. He was also presented with an IEEE Central Pennsylvania Section Millennium Medal. In 2009, he received the PSEAS Premier Research Award. He holds 20 patents and has published more than 1000 technical papers and proceedings articles.


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