Krishna Narayanan (M.S.EE’94) will receive the 2014 Professional Progress in Engineering Award from the College of Engineering at the Marston Club Dinner on April 10. The award was created to recognize outstanding professional progress, personal development, and distinguished community service by engineering alumni under the age of 46.
Narayanan is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Texas A&M University and also serves as the department’s director of graduate studies.
He is passionate about teaching and is particularly interested in using technology to personalize the educational experience of students. He currently teaches a graduate level course on information theory and has been involved in developing a pre-calculus course for freshman that involves using engineering examples for teaching mathematical concepts. He has also taught graduate and undergraduate level courses on digital communications, signals and systems; both basic and advanced channel coding; information theory; and wireless communications.
His research interests are in information theory, coding theory and signal processing with applications to wireless networks and data storage. He has authored more than 110 peer-reviewed papers.
Narayanan has been recognized with a variety of awards for both his teaching and research, including the 2012 Association of former students college level teaching award, the 2009 Halliburton professorship, the 2006 Best Paper Award from the data storage technical committee within the IEEE communications society, the 2002 Outstanding Professor Award from the ECE department at Texas A&M University, the 2001 Outstanding Young Faculty Award from the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University, and the 2001 National Science Foundation CAREER award.
He received a bachelor’s degree from the Coimbatore Institute of Technology in India and a doctoral degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology.