Dinesh Rajan, Hunt Institute Senior Fellow

Dinesh Rajan, Ph.D., Hunt Institute Senior Fellow is the Department Chair for Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Professor. His areas of research focus are in wireless networking, computational imaging and signal processing, and system optimization.

Dinesh Rajan received his B.Tech degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras in Electrical Engineering. He was also awarded the M.S and Ph.D degrees from Rice University, Houston, Texas both in the areas of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is currently Department Chair and Cecil and Ida Green Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Southern Methodist University (SMU), Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Rajan’s broad interests are in the sensing/extraction, transmission, and dissemination of information. His current research is interdisciplinary and spans the traditional areas of communications theory, wireless networks, information theory, system optimization, and computational imaging. His work has lead to the design of algorithms that can improve energy efficiency of next-generation mobile devices by an order-of-magnitude compared to existing methods.

Dinesh has published over 100 peer-reviewed technical articles in leading journals and conferences. He has also co-edited 2 books. His work has been supported by federal agencies such as NSF, ONR, ARL, DARPA, and companies including Toyota and Nokia. He was technical program chair for the IEEE vehicular technology conference in 2009 and served on several other conference executive and technical committees.

Dinesh is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2006 for his work on applying information theory to the design of mobile wireless networks. He has also received the Ford Research Fellowship in 2012 and the Golden Mustang Award in 2008 from SMU. IEEE Dallas named him outstanding young engineer in 2009. He has received multiple outstanding EE faculty teaching awards at SMU.

When asked what his motivation is for doing impact work he replied, “The simple joy in knowing that my actions have impacted another individual in a positive way is what motivates me to do what I do.”

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