ECpE’s Vaswani receives ECE Distinguished Alumni Award from University of Maryland

Namrata Vaswani, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and courtesy professor in Mathematics at Iowa State University, has recently received a prestigious award from her alma mater, the University of Maryland, College Park.

Vaswani’s award, the 2019 ECE Distinguished Alumni Award, was presented to Vaswani due to her exemplary contributions to her field. This award is given to alumni annually for their leadership and engineering contributions.

“I was pleasantly surprised to hear this news,” Vaswani said.

Just a few months ago, in November 2018, Vaswani was elected as a Fellow of the IEEE for contributions to high-dimensional structured data recovery. Vaswani is internationally recognized for her long body of work on two interrelated dynamic big data recovery problems – dynamic Compressive Sensing (CS) and dynamic Robust Principal Component Analysis (PCA). In fact, she also received the 2014 IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award for her 2010 IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing paper co-authored with her former student Lu on “Modified-CS: Modifying compressive sensing for problems with partially known support.”

While Vaswani has accomplished many milestones at Iowa State and moved on from the University of Maryland, she is still honored there.

“We are delighted to have someone of your stature as both an alumnus of our department and a 2019 ECE Distinguished Alumni honoree,” Joseph Jaja, professor and chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of Maryland, said.