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Pallab Bhattacharya Appointed Distinguished University Professor

Pallab Bhattacharya has been appointed Charles M. Vest Distinguished University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Pallab Bhattacharya received his BS degree in physics from the University of Calcutta, India in 1968 and his MSE and PhD degrees in electronic and electrical engineering from the University of Sheffield, UK in 1976 and 1978, respectively. He joined the College as associate professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering in 1984 and became a full professor in 1987. In 1999 he was appointed the James R. Mellor Professor of Engineering. He has received numerous awards for his research.

Pallab requested that his Distinguished University Professorship be named in honor of Charles M. Vest. Chuck received his MS and PhD degrees from the University of Michigan in 1964 and 1967, respectively. He began as a faculty member at Michigan in 1968, then successively held the positions of Associate Dean of Engineering, Dean of Engineering and Provost, before he left the University to become the 15th President of MIT in 1990. Chuck is credited with pioneering work in holographic interferometry and the application of this technology to thermal systems and flows.

Distinguished University Professorships were created in 1947 by the Board of Regents to recognize members of the faculty for exceptional achievement and reputation in their appointive fields of scholarly interest and for their superior teaching skills. Each professorship is named in honor of an eminent individual associated with the University in the scholars same general field of interest.
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