Willsky is selected for NAE membership

February 17, 2010

Alan Willsky, the Edwin Sibley Webster Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Director of the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS), is one of five MIT faculty selected this year for membership in the National Academy of Engineering as announced today on the NAE website. Willsky is cited "for contributions to model-based signal processing and statistical inference."

As described by the NAE, election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature," and to the "pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected 68 new members and nine foreign associates, announced NAE President Charles M. Vest today. Of the 68 new members, five MIT faculty members, one member of the MIT Corporation and nine MIT alumni. This brings the total U.S. membership to 2,267 and the number of foreign associates to 196.

Alan Willsky came to LIDS (then ESL) in 1973 on joining the MIT faculty after receiving his PhD in guidance and control. His research has focused on both theoretical and applied problems in statistical signal and image processing. His early work on failure detection in dynamic systems is still widely cited and used in practice, and his more recent research on multiresolution methods for large-scale data fusion and assimilation has found application in fields including target tracking, object recognition, fusion of nontraditional data sources, oil exploration, oceanographic remote sensing, and groundwater hydrology. His book, Signals and Systems, co-authored with Professor Alan Oppenheim has been widely used throughout the world for more than 25 years.

Congratulations Alan!

MIT News Office article, Feb. 18, 2010: "The National Academy of Engineering has elected five current MIT faculty members, one member of the MIT Corporation, and a number of alumni to its ranks."