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Paley, Abshire, Martins promoted to full Professor by UMD President Wallace Loh

L-R: Derek Paley, Nuno Martins, Pamela Abshire
L-R: Derek Paley, Nuno Martins, Pamela Abshire

Three ISR faculty members have been promoted to the rank of full Professor by University of Maryland President Wallace H. Loh, effective July 1.

ISR congratulates Pamela Abshire (ECE/ISR), Nuno Martins (ECE/ISR) and Derek Paley (AE/ISR).

Abshire joined the university in 2001 after earing her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. She received an NSF CAREER Award in 2003 and the Clark School's E. Robert Kent Junior Faculty Teaching Award in 2011. Abshire specializes in the fields of VLSI circuit design and bioengineering. Her research focuses on better understanding the tradeoffs between performance and resources in natural and engineered systems. She directs the Integrated Biomorphic Information Systems Laboratory.

Martins joined the university in 2005, after earning his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received the 2006 American Automatic Control Council O. Hugo Schuck Award, a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2007, and the 2008 IEEE CSS Axelby Award for the best paper in IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. He was Director of the Maryland Robotics Center from 2012 until 2014. His research interests are in distributed control, team decision, optimization, networked control and communications. Martins directs the CPS and Cooperative Autonomy Laboratory.

Paley became an ISR joint appointment faculty member in 2012. He is the Willis H. Young Jr. Professor of Aerospace Engineering Education and the Director of the Collective Dynamics and Control Laboratory. He earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2007. He is the recipient of the PECASE Award (2013) and the NSF CAREER Award (2010). Paley conducts research into nonlinear dynamics and controls, cooperative control of autonomous vehicles, autonomous underwater vehicles, and modeling of animal aggregrations.

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April 6, 2017


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