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Jul 22, 2013 | Atlanta, GA
Magnus Egerstedt has been named as the 2013 Alumnus of the Year by the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden. He will be presented with this honor on October 5 at the Institute, where he will deliver a lecture to the KTH community.
Together with KTH President Peter Gudmundson, a board of alumni, students, and faculty makes the selection for this honor. Dr. Egerstedt graduated with his M.S. degree in engineering physics and a Ph.D. degree in applied mathematics from KTH in 1996 and 2000, respectively, and he earned his B.A. degree in philosophy from Stockholm University in 1996. "This is a great honor and I'm both humbled and excited about the prospect of returning to Stockholm in October to accept the award," Dr. Egerstedt said.
In the nomination for this honor, Dr. Egerstedt was cited for his work in robotics and automatic control as the Schlumberger Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Georgia Tech and for his very high international research visibility. He is also being recognized for his global impact through his massive open online course (MOOC), "Control of Mobile Robots," that attracted over 40,000 students in its first offering earlier this year.
Dr. Egerstedt joined the ECE faculty in 2001, where he leads the Georgia Robotics and Intelligent Systems Laboratory. He has published four books and over 250 refereed journal and conference publications, and he serves as associate editor for both the Journal of Discrete Event Dynamical Systems and the Journal of Nonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems.
Elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 2012, Dr. Egerstedt was recently named as an IEEE Control Systems Society Distinguished Lecturer and as the inaugural deputy editor-in-chief of the new journal, IEEE Transactions on Control of Networked Systems. He is a past recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award and the Georgia Tech ECE Outstanding Junior Faculty Member Award. Earlier this year, Dr. Egerstedt was elected by a majority vote of the ECE senior class to receive the 2013 W. Marshall Leach, Jr./Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Teacher Award.