Congratulations to Kemal Akkaya, and Shekhar Bhansali, both professors of Electrical and Computer Engineering, for being elevated to Fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The rare distinction recognizes exceptional accomplishments in the engineering field.

Akkaya was recognized for his contributions to routing and topology management in wireless ad hoc and sensor networks. Bhansali was honored for contributions to advancing portable, real-time sensing devices for continuous monitoring. The IEEE Fellow is one of the most prestigious honors of the IEEE and is bestowed upon a limited number of Senior Members. The honorees have made important contributions to the advancement or application of engineering, science, and technology and brought significant value to society. The number of IEEE Fellows elevated in a year is no more than one-tenth of one percent of the total IEEE voting membership.

Akkaya is a professor in FIU’s College of Engineering and Computing’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) with a joint courtesy appointment in the Knight Foundation School of Computer and Information Sciences. He received his PhD in computer science from University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2005. Akkaya leads FIU’s Advanced Wireless and Security Lab (ADWISE) and is the acting research director for the FIU’s Emerging Preeminent Program in Cybersecurity, university-wide interdisciplinary program. His current research interests include security and privacy, internet-of-things, and cyber-physical systems. His research was funded by many agencies and industries including NSF, DoE, AFRL, DHS, NSA, INL, Cisco, and TrendMicro. He also holds eight patents.

Bhansali joined FIU in 2011 and served both as a department chair and interim director of the School of Electrical, Computer and Enterprise Engineering. Previously, he was a professor at the University of South Florida. Bhansali started his career at Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. and worked as a researcher at both the University of Cincinnati and the National Research Laboratory of Metrology in Japan.

Bhansali’s main research interests are in nanotechnology, biosensors and microfluidics. He holds 40 patents, has published more than 300 publications and has advised more than 40 doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in research.

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Once again, congratulations on behalf of FIU’s College of Engineering and Computing.