NC State professor selected to head Electrical and Computer Engineering

April 5, 2016 - By Kim Delker

Michael Devetsikiotis, currently professor of electrical and computer engineering at North Carolina State University, has been selected as the next chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of New Mexico.

He will begin at UNM on August 15.

Devetsikiotis is a native of Thessaloniki, Greece. He received a diplom-ingenieur in electrical engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1988, and master of science and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University, in 1990 and 1993, respectively.

In 1993 he joined the Broadband Networks Laboratory at Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, as a postdoctoral fellow. He later became an adjunct research professor in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University in 1995, an assistant professor in 1996, and an associate professor in 1999. He joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State as an associate professor in 2000 and became a professor in 2006. Since 2011, he has been the director of graduate programs, currently responsible for 250 Ph.D. and 550 master’s students.

“Michael brings to UNM a strong record in computer engineering research, teaching, and service at both the university and professional society levels,” said Joseph L. Cecchi, dean of the School of Engineering. “With his past academic leadership background and innovative ideas on taking the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering forward, Michael is very well-positioned to lead the department, and I look forward to working with him.”

Devetsikiotis has a special research interest in efficient simulation and rare-event modeling techniques and in analyzing complex systems, ranging from high-speed networks to wireless resource allocation to collaboration technologies to smart-grid infrastructure to intelligent buildings and electric vehicles.