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April 24, 2003

TI Researcher Named To Chair Electrical Engineering Department At SMU School Of Engineering

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Panos PapamichalisDALLAS (SMU) -- Panos Papamichalis, a Texas Instruments researcher who is one of the country's leading experts in the field of signal processing, has been named chair of the Electrical Engineering Department in SMU's School of Engineering. He will assume the position Aug. 1.

A native of Greece, Papamichalis received his undergraduate degree in mechanical and electrical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens. He received his master's degree and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Papamichalis currently lives in Plano

"We are delighted to have Panos join the SMU faculty full-time," said Stephen Szygenda, dean of the SMU School of Engineering. "He brings an international research reputation together with significant global managerial experience and a lifelong passion for teaching and learning."

Papamichalis joined Texas Instruments in 1980 as a member of its technical staff. His early work focused on techniques that simplified the algorithms that allow digital technologies to recreate speech.

In 1990, he became an R&D branch manager, leading a team of researchers working on digital signal processing (DSP) projects. DSP is the technology that powers electronic devices ranging from toys to cell phones. He was named a TI Fellow in 1995.

From 1997-2000, Papamichalis served as director of the Tsukuba R&D Center in Tsukuba, Japan, TI's only research center outside the United States. Since 2000 he has served as director of the Imaging and Audio Laboratory at TI's DSP Research and Development Center in Dallas. This laboratory was created in 2000 to generate technology for imaging, video and audio applications.

Papamichalis holds four patents related to speech processing and has written several books on speech coding and digital signal processing. He has taught courses on speech processing at Rice University, SMU and the University of Texas at Dallas.

In 1999, Papamichalis was named a fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the highest honor an electrical engineer can receive from his peers. He served as president of the IEEE Signal Processing Society in 2000-2001, the highest leadership role in the field of signal processing.

Papamichalis replaces Jerry Gibson, who served as chair of the Electrical Engineering Department from 1997 to 2002. SMU's Department of Electrical Engineering focuses on research in the areas of communications/signal processing and micro/optoelectronics.

"It is a great honor for me to join the Electrical Engineering Department at SMU," Papamichalis said. "The department has been strengthening its performance in recent years, and I am looking forward to help raise it even further. I would like to see the department be ranked nationally in the top 15 among private institutions."

In addition to teaching excellence, Papamichalis said his goal is to make a nationally recognized contribution to research and establish close ties with industry and government-supported research and development projects.

"I am excited about the opportunity to work as a team to impact the technology of today and tomorrow," Papamichalis said.

The SMU School of Engineering, which was founded in 1925, focuses on giving students a value-added education that will enable them to become successful future leaders. For more information on the school, visit its Web site at www.engr.smu.edu.


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