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George Pappas: Deputy Dean of Penn Engineering
March 4, 2008, Volume 54, No. 24



George Pappas, professor of electrical and systems engineering, has been appointed Deputy Dean of Penn Engineering, effective January 1, 2008, succeeding Dr. Susan Davidson. “I am delighted that George has allowed me to recruit him as the next Deputy Dean so that we can continue Penn Engineering’s dynamic trajectory in research, education and academic leadership,” said Penn Engineering Dean Eduardo Glandt.

Dr. Pappas joined the Penn Engineering faculty in 2000 as an assistant professor following a postdoctoral position at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his PhD in electrical engineering and computer sciences in 1998 from UC Berkeley, and his BS in 1991 and MS in 1992 in computer and systems engineering, both from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Dr. Pappas is a leading scholar in control theory, nonlinear systems and embedded systems, holds secondary appointments in computer and information science and in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics, and is the former director of the GRASP (General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception) Laboratory at Penn.

The recipient of numerous honors and awards, Dr. Pappas’s career as a scientist and educator achieved national prominence in 2002 when he was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), designating him as one of the nation’s most promising scientists and engineers (Almanac May 11, 2004). Dr. Pappas was recognized for his work in the understanding of hybrid systems, complex, information systems embedded inside physical systems such as those found in avionics, automotive electronics, robotics or medical devices.


Almanac - March 4, 2008, Volume 54, No. 24