General Information

Education

Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering
State University of New York at Buffalo, February 1982

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
State University of New York at Buffalo, February 1980

Diploma in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
National Technical University of Athens, Greece, June 1977


Selected Awards and Honors

Member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) (2008)

Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2013)

Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) (2012)

Associate Member of the Academy of Athens (2016)

Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (2017)

Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (2007)

IEEE Simon Ramo Medal (2008)

Academic Leadership Award from Carnegie Corporation of New York (2015)

The Ellis Island Medal of Honor (2016)

The Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service (2015)

Spirit of Compassion Award from UNICEF (2016)

Fellow of the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST)

Honorary degree from the National Technical University of Athens (2015)

Honorary degree from the University of Cyprus (2000)

Honorary degree from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (2011)

Honorary degree from the University of Crete (2016)

Honorary degree from the University of Piraeus (2016)

Honorary degree from University of Strathclyde (2017)

Aristeio Medallion in the Letters, Arts, and Sciences, Republic of Cyprus (2005)

Clifford C. Furnas Memorial Award, Alumni Association of the University at Buffalo (2008)

Distinguished Alumni Award, Alumni Association of the University at Buffalo (2012)

Los Angeles Police Department’s Jack Webb Award (2014)

Thomas Kilgore Service Award, USC Black Alumni Association (2007)

Aristeio Award, American Hellenic Council (2008)

IEEE Signal Processing Best Paper Award (1988)

Fred W. Ellersick Award of Outstanding Unclassified Paper at Military Communications (MILCOM) (1992)

IEE A. H. Reeves Premium Best Paper Award (2002)

Formally commended by California Governor Gray Davis for “helping California successfully meet the challenge of the new millennium through cutting-edge research” (January 2000)

Honored by the California Legislative Assembly for exemplary record of leadership, member resolution #601 (February 28, 2001)

Honored by Loyola Marymount University for contributions to sciences (2001)

Member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences

Member, Phi Kappa Phi

Member, Tau Beta Pi

Outstanding instructors award of the National Technological University (Distance Learning University in USA) (1993)

Invited to and testified before a California Senate Hearing on the growth of the multimedia industry (May 1994). Invited to and testified before a California Assembly Hearing on the impact of digital technologies in filmmaking and interactive television programming (August 2000)

Testified before the National Science Board on academic competitiveness challenges (March 2006)

National Fellowship (Honors) throughout undergraduate school at National Technical University of Athens, Greece (1972-1977)