ECpE alum begins tenure-track position at Missouri S&T

Iowa State University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) alum Ardhendu Tripathy started a tenure-track assistant professorship in the Department of Computer Science at Missouri University of Science & Technology.

He began the new position after receiving his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, receiving his doctorate from Iowa State University and his post-doctorate at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

“During my undergraduate studies I became fascinated with the subject of information theory and decided to pursue a Ph.D. in that area,” Tripathy said.

While at the University of Wisconsin, Tripathy specialized on multi-armed bandit problems in the area of machine learning. These specific types of problems are a useful framework to model web services such as news recommendations and digital advertisements, according to Tripathy.

Tripathy began his tenure-track position at Missouri S&T in November of 2020. “I feel happy, as I have always wanted to be a researcher and an educator,” he said.

“I like describing concepts in different ways, and I love to see the look on a student’s face when they get it,” Tripathy said.

Tripathy has previously worked with ECpE Professor Aditya Ramamoorthy, who was his advisor and mentor during his time at Iowa State.

“He has played a central role in my development as a researcher. My time at Iowa State was wonderful with a great company of fellow graduate students and faculty who have been very patient and helpful. It played a huge part in me wanting to work in academia,” Tripathy said.