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Marcus, Steven

Steven Marcus
Director of Faculty Leadership, University of Maryland Office of Faculty Affairs
Former Director, Institute for Systems Research
Former Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
2219 A.V. Williams Bldg.

Research Interests 

Control and systems engineering, analysis and control of stochastic systems, Markov decision processes, stochastic and adaptive control, learning, fault detection, and discrete event systems, with applications in manufacturing and communication networks



Steve Marcus received his Ph.D. and S.M. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975 and 1972, respectively. He received a B.A. from Rice University in 1971. From 1975 to 1991, he was with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was the L.B. (Preach) Meaders Professor in Engineering. He was associate chair of the Department from 1984-89.

In 1991, he joined the University of Maryland, where he was director of the Institute for Systems Research until 1996. He is currently a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and the Institute for Systems Research. Most recently he served as the chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

Honors and Awards 

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 1986
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, 2009

University of Maryland awards
Poole & Kent Teaching Award, 2013
Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award, 2000
Outstanding Systems Engineering Faculty Award, 1998

Related News 

Five recipients of ISR Graduate Student Travel Award announced
Eight graduate students have received funding through the award since 2017. August 24, 2018

Maryland researchers awarded $1M DARPA Lagrange program cooperative agreement
Marcus, Fu, Simon and Babadi will build a scalable, risk-sensitive and real time optimization framework tailored to noninvasive neuroimaging data from the human brain. April 10, 2018

Three ISR graduate students win new travel award
Bhaskar Ramasubramian, Hossein Salami, and Sayyed Sina Miran will receive funding to help defray the cost of presenting their research at a professional conference. September 13, 2017

Researchers write about Google's AlphaGo for OR/MS Today
Chang, Fu, Hu and Marcus write about their contribution to AlphaGo and how the OR and CS/AI communities could better cooperate. November 8, 2016

More than 175 attend national Denice Denton Emerging Leaders Workshop
Faculty development workshop helped mid-career STEM academics develop knowledge, skills, strategies and critical networks. June 3, 2016

Sennur Ulukus named UMD Distinguished Scholar-Teacher
Ulukus is the ninth ISR faculty member to be so honored. March 29, 2016

Maryland research contributes to Google’s AlphaGo AI system
Chang, Fu, Hu and Marcus developed ideas at the core of the system that defeated Go master Lee Se-Dol in early March. March 18, 2016

Alumna Enlu Zhou earns tenure at Georgia Tech
The 2009 EE Ph.D. recipient was advised by Steve Marcus and Michael Fu. March 7, 2016

Alumna Enlu Zhou wins NSF CAREER Award for optimization and sampling in stochastic simulation
Zhou was co-advised by Steve Marcus and Michael Fu. January 14, 2015

Cleaveland, Marcus win NSF grant to develop models for cyber-physical systems
New mathematical techniques will develop more realistic models of these systems and better predict their behavior. August 29, 2014

Srivastava, Dey, Mirsky, King win 2014 ISR Awards
Awards honor outstanding faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and staff. May 7, 2014

Marcus, Fu receive NSF grant for optimization research
The research will develop a new framework for incorporating risk into sequential decision making under uncertainty. March 14, 2014

Reza Ghodssi named UMD Distinguished Scholar-Teacher
Ghodssi is the eighth ISR faculty member to be so honored by the university. March 13, 2014

Six ECE Graduate Students Selected as Future Faculty Fellows
Students striving toward a career in academia take part in a selective fellowship to prepare for the future. January 30, 2014

Clark School Celebrates Students, Honors Alumni and Faculty at Spring 2013 Commencement
More than 860 engineering students received diplomas at May 20 ceremony. May 23, 2013

Steve Marcus wins 2013 Poole and Kent Company Teaching Award
Marcus has been a major contributor to the Clark School's Future Faculty Program. May 13, 2013

Min Wu named Distinguished Scholar-Teacher
Wu is the seventh ISR faculty member to be so honored. February 7, 2013

Raghavan, Spyropoulos, Daily, Copeland win ISR awards
Outstanding awards presented at special reception in September. September 14, 2012

Steve Marcus becomes University of Maryland's Director of Faculty Leadership
Marcus is a former director of ISR and former chair of ECE. July 2, 2012

Carol Espy-Wilson named 2012-2013 Distinguished Scholar-Teacher
She is sixth ISR professor to be so honored. February 7, 2012

Alumna Enlu Zhou wins AFOSR Young Investigators award
She will be investigating “Dynamic Decision Making under Uncertainty and Partial Information.” January 13, 2012

2011 ISR Awards Ceremony winners announced
Awards given to faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students. June 2, 2011

Roger Brockett honored for devotion to graduate student advising
ISR-affiliated faculty member receives Harvard's Capers and Marion McDonald Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Advising. May 3, 2011

Avis Cohen honored as 2011–2012 Distinguished Scholar-Teacher
Cohen joins Liu, Fu, Marcus and McAvoy as fifth ISR professor honored with the award. February 10, 2011

Wang wins best student paper award at Winter Simulation Conference
"Model-based Evolutionary Optimization" presents a new framework for solving global optimization problems. January 3, 2011

Wang Wins ICS 2010 Student Paper Award
ECE Ph.D. student Yongqiang Wang received the INFORMS Computing Society (ICS) 2010 Student Paper Award. December 1, 2010

Work by Zhou, Lin, Marcus and Fu wins 'Best Theoretical Paper' award
'A Numerical Method for Financial Decision Problems under Stochastic Volatility' is honored at the Winter Simulation Conference. December 18, 2009

Former Director Eyad Abed honored at ISR reception
Abed is now a dean at United Arab Emirates University. December 7, 2009

IEEE Control Systems Magazine covers 'MarcusFest'
Magazine reports on Advances in Discrete Event, Nonlinear, and Stochastic Systems Modeling and Control: A Symposium in Honor of Steven I. Marcus. October 5, 2009

Marcus, Fu receive NSF grant for particle filtering for stochastic control and global optimization
The resulting algorithms will be tested on problems in industries from telecommunications to manufacturing to finance. September 1, 2009

Cleaveland, Marcus part of $10 million NSF collaborative research grant
The project focuses on model checking and abstract interpretation for embedded control and systems biology. Maryland's portion is $1.8M. August 14, 2009

Fu, Marcus awarded NSF collaborative research grant
Research will make theoretical and practical advances in simulation optimization. June 19, 2009

Fourteen ISR-affiliated students receive Ph.D.s
Congratulations to our ISR-affiliated doctoral graduates! May 22, 2009

Stuart Antman honored as SIAM Fellow
Math/IPST professor is part of the inaugural class of the society's Fellows. May 13, 2009

Enlu Zhou is a winner at Clark School Doctoral Research Award Competition
Student of Steve Marcus and Michael Fu wins third place for her research. May 6, 2009

Steve Marcus honored as SIAM Fellow
ECE/ISR professor is part of the inaugural class of the society's Fellows. April 17, 2009

Enlu Zhou To Join Faculty at Univ. of Illinois
ECE Ph.D. candidate will serve as Assistant Professor in Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering. April 10, 2009

Enlu Zhou is named ECE Distinguished Dissertation Fellow
ISR grad student is advised by Steve Marcus and Michael Fu. February 18, 2009

Six ISR students chosen for Clark School's Future Faculty Program
The program aims to increase the number of Ph.D. graduates who obtain academic positions in prestigious engineering schools. February 18, 2009

Six ISR students selected for Future Faculty Program
Clark School program helps students prepare for academic positions. February 15, 2009

ECE Faculty Honored at Inaugural Scholarship & Research Celebration
Twenty-seven ECE faculty members honored, representing 1/8 of researchers recognized university-wide. May 2, 2008

Marcus, Fu, Chang and Hu co-author Simulation-based Algorithms for Markov Decision Processes
Book explains recent sampling and population-based numerical algorithms that overcome the difficulties of computing an optimal solution in terms of a policy and/or value function. February 23, 2007

K.J. Ray Liu honored as 2007-2008 Distinguished Scholar-Teacher
Liu joins Fu, Marcus and McAvoy as fourth ISR professor honored with the award in the past decade. December 14, 2006

Jiaqiao Hu accepts SUNY Stony Brook faculty position
Ph.D. candidate joins Applied Mathematics and Statistics Department May 31, 2006

Qu Team Receives NCIIA Grant for Secure E-Payment System
Team earns grant from National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance. September 9, 2005

ISR collaborations with Toshiba
Toshiba researchers explore future research collaborations and reliability engineering April 17, 2005

New visiting scientist arrives at ISR
Dr. Inn Ho Jee and five new postdoctoral researchers are welcomed January 2, 2004