USC Viterbi Professor Joins 2020 IEEE Fellows

IEEE, the world’s leading professional association for advancing technology for humanity, has announced its 2020 class of fellows. This year, SK Gupta,Smith International Professor in the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department and Director of the USC Viterbi Center for Manufacturing,joined the prestigious IEEE Fellow ranks.

Gupta has focused his research on two major themes: developing smart robotic assistants for high-mix low-volume manufacturing tasks and designing and manufacturing low-cost robots using the latest advancements in manufacturing, such as 3D printing.The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. Less than 0.15 of voting members are selected annually for this member grade elevation. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career milestone. Gupta was recognized for his for contributions to the development of decision making tools for manufacturing automation.

Prior to joining the University of Southern California, he was a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Institute for Systems Research at the University of Maryland. He was the founding director of the Maryland Robotics Center and the Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory at the University of Maryland. He also served as a Program Director for the National Robotics Initiative at the National Science Foundation from September 2012 to September 2014. Prior to joining the University of Maryland, he was a Research Scientist in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

The IEEE is the world’s leading professional association for advancing technology for humanity. Through its 400,000 plus members in 160 countries, the association is a leading authority on a wide variety of areas ranging from robotics and automation, aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power, and consumer electronics. A complete list of the 2020 IEEE Fellows can be found here.