Two named University Distinguished Professors

June 28, 2021

Professors Deb and Koochesfahani bestowed top faculty honor

Two from the College of Engineering have received one of the highest honors presented to faculty members at Michigan State University.

Kalyanmoy Deb
Kalyanmoy Deb

Kalyanmoy Deb and Manoochehr Koochesfahani were named University Distinguished Professors by the MSU Board of Trustees. The prestigious title is in recognition of their exceptional teaching abilities, prominent record of public service, and scholarly, creative and artistic achievements.

Deb is the Koenig Endowed Chair and Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is a world leader in evolutionary multi-objective optimization and its applications. Deb is an IEEE Fellow and is the recipient of 2018 IEEE Evolutionary Computation Pioneer Award. His research interests include non-linear optimization, many and multi-objective optimization, metamodeling, constraint handling, engineering design, evolutionary algorithms and metaheuristics, innovization, neural networks, data-mining and machine learning.

Manoochehr Koochesfahani
Manoochehr Koochesfahani

Koochesfahani, a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is the former associate dean for Graduate Studies and Faculty Development in the College of Engineering. His research focuses on fundamental experimental studies of turbulent mixing, unsteady fluid mechanics and aerodynamics, vortex flows, and development of advanced optical diagnostics. He and his students have made pioneering contributions to the development of experimental techniques for fluid flow including laser induced fluorescence, molecular tagging velocimetry and thermometry, and quantum dot imaging. Koochesfahani is an APS Fellow and recipient of the Withrow Teaching Excellence Award from MSU.

In all, 11 faculty members were awarded the title of University Distinguished Professor in June. Along with the honor comes a stipend of $5,000 per year for five years to support professional activities, in addition to individuals’ salaries.

The designations are effective immediately. A reception to honor those with the newly appointed title will be held on Nov. 18.

Story courtesy of MSUToday.