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July 21, 2011

Four Professors Earn Highest Faculty Distinction at CMU

Lorenz (Larry) T. Biegler, John P. Lehoczky, George Loewenstein and Mary Shaw have been awarded the elite distinction of University Professor, the highest academic accolade CMU faculty members can attain.
"Professors Biegler, Lehoczky, Loewenstein and Shaw are pre-eminent researchers and educators who are highly regarded leaders in their respective fields. They join a most distinguished group of peers who represent much of the intellectual leadership at Carnegie Mellon. They are very deserving of this honorBiegler and we are very fortunate to have them as part of our university community," said CMU Provost and Executive Vice President Mark S. Kamlet.

Lorenz (Larry) T. Biegler, the Bayer Professor of Chemical Engineering, is internationally renowned for his research in computer-aided process engineering and his projects in design research and systems analysis. He has authored or co-authored more than 250 archival publications, authored or edited nine books and given numerous invited presentations at conferences around the world. The textbook "Systematic Methods of Chemical Process Design," co-authored with CMU colleagues Ignacio Grossmann and Art Westerberg, is a landmark in process systems engineering education. His latest book, "Nonlinear Programming: Concepts, Algorithms and Applications to Chemical Processes," was published in 2010.

LehoczkyJohn P. Lehoczky, the Thomas Lord Professor of Statistics and Mathematical Sciences and dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, studies stochastic processes and how they can be used to model real applications. His investigation into the evolution of random processes over time is focused on developing methods that combine system scheduling with performance evaluation and can be applied to manufacturing systems in which products have delivery deadlines. His theories also can be applied to real-time computer or communication systems that require certain tasks to be completed within stringent timing requirements. Major national projects like NASA's Space Station, Mars Rover and the GPS Satellite System have adopted his theories.

LoewensteinGeorge Loewenstein, the Herbert A. Simon Professor of Economics and Psychology, is a trained economist who studies the border between economics and psychology and is a leader in the fields of behavioral economics and neuroeconomics, which he helped establish. His research explores a wide range of subjects, including decision making over time, bargaining and negotiations, psychology and health, law and economics, the psychology of adaptation, the role of emotion in decision making, the psychology of curiosity, conflict of interest, and "out of control" behaviors such as impulsive violent crime and drug addiction.

ShawMary Shaw, the Alan J. Perlis Professor of Computer Science, is a leader in software engineering research whose work on software architecture — the large-scale structure of software systems — helped establish it as a recognized discipline. Selecting an appropriate architecture is now recognized as a critical step in the engineering of complex software systems for everything from the anti-lock braking systems in cars to the international banking system. She also is an educational innovator who has developed computer science curricula from the introductory to the doctoral level, including graduate programs targeted at software professionals.

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