Two UCLA Engineering professors, Panagiotis D. Christofides and  Ali H. Sayed, were selected as fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and the publisher of the journal Science. Members are chosen for their distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. The selection of fellows has been an AAAS tradition since 1874.

They were among eight UCLA scholars selected as new fellows this year. The new class of 702 fellows will be honored Feb. 16, 2013, at the annual AAAS meeting in Boston.

Panagiotis D. Christofides
Christofides, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and of electrical engineering was honored for “the development of rigorous methods for analysis and control of nonlinear, hybrid and distributed parameter processes.” His research interests are in the areas of control, dynamics and optimization, including both theory and applications; computational process modeling and simulation; and applied mathematics. His laboratory seeks to develop new methods for the systematic and rigorous solution of complex process-control and systems-engineering problems.

Ali H. Sayed
Sayed, a professor and former chair of electrical engineering was honored for “distinguished contributions to adaptation, learning, and statistical signal processing.” The author of more than 400 scholarly publications and five books, Sayed focuses on research in several areas, including adaptation and learning, network science, biologically inspired designs and information-processing theories.

To read the entire UCLA release, with full bios of all eight new AAAS fellows from UCLA, click here.
This story was adapted from that news release.