Today Department Head Anantha Chandrakasan announced the naming of EECS faculty member George Verghese for the Henry Ellis Warren Chair in Electrical Engineering. His message appears below.
George Verghese has been named for the Henry Ellis Warren Chair in Electrical Engineering. The chair is designated for "interdisciplinary research leading toapplication of technological developments in electrical engineering and computer science, with their effect on human ecology, health, community life, and opportunities for youth". The Warren Chair is also held by EECS faculty member, Louis Braida.
As a Principal Investigator with MIT's Research Laboratory of Electronics, George headsthe Computational Physiology and Clinical Inference Group, which focuses on "bedsideinformatics", using physiologically based computational models to enhance real-time clinical monitoring. George's research interests and publications are broadly in applications of dynamic systems, modeling, estimation, signal processing, and control. He received his BTech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 1974, his MS from the State University of New York, Stony Brook in 1975, his PhD from Stanford University in 1979, and joined the EECS Department at MIT immediately after. He was elected IEEE Fellow in 1998. He is also a MacVicar Faculty Fellow since 2011. George served as EECS Education Officer for several years, and is currently the co-chair of the EECS Awards and Recognition committee.
The Henry Ellis Warren Chair was set up as a memorial to a 1894 alumnus of MIT, one ofthe Institute's first graduates in electrical engineering. Warren is best known for the invention (among his 135 patents) of the electric clock and its associated self-starting synchronous motor. Millions of the Telechron electric clocks produced by his company were sold to American consumers in the company's heyday, between 1925 and 1955. Warren is also noted for his success in convincing power companies to more tightly regulate the frequency on their nominally 60Hz waveform. He designed and built a "master clock" that he installed at the Boston Edison Company in 1916 to demonstrate that the unregulated system caused an electric clock to deviate by up to 15 minutes a day from an accurate spring-and-pendulum clock. The tighter control of frequency eventually allowed the interconnection of regional power systems to form today's continental-scale power grids.
George Verghese is an excellent choice for this chair, especially given his connection to power systems and biomedical signal processing. Please join me in congratulating George.