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Two Engineering Faculty Receive University Recognition

April 30, 2008

Two faculty members of the College of Engineering – Electrical Engineering Professor K. R. Rao and Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering Senior Lecturer Bonnie Boardman –received prestigious honors from The University of Texas at Arlington during the Spring Faculty Meeting on April 24.

Dr. K. R. Rao was inducted into the University’s Academy of Distinguished Scholars. Inductees exemplify the University’s commitment to quality research and creative activity. The Academy strives to promote the importance of research and create a sense of community among scholars who serve as role models.

Dr. Rao joined the College of Engineering in 1966 after receiving his Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico. In 1975, he and two associates introduced the Discrete Cosine Transform, which has become the standard tool in digital signal processing (MPEG/JPEG/H.26X series). He is the author, co-author or editor of 12 books on multimedia communications and image/video/audio coding, some of which have been translated into several languages and even transcribed in Braille by the Royal Institute for the Blind. Two more books are scheduled to be published before the end of 2008.

Because of the depth of his expertise, Dr. Rao is frequently invited to present keynote addresses or conduct workshops and tutorials on video/audio coding/standards at international conferences. He has also been a consultant in several lawsuits involving patent infringement, licensing and royalties.

Dr. Rao has received recognition from the professional and academic fields. He was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 2000. At UT Arlington, he was presented with the University’s Distinguished Research Award in 1992 and the College of Engineering’s Halliburton Excellence in Research Award in 1985.

During his teaching career, Dr. Rao has supervised 62 master’s theses and 29 Ph.D. dissertations. He has been an external examiner for more than 100 graduate students at universities in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan and the United States. He was a visiting professor in several universities in Australia, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Thailand. These scholarly activities are the result of his world-renowned reputation and expertise.

Dr. Bonnie Boardman received the Provost’s Teaching Award. This award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and who are neither tenured nor tenure-track.

Dr. Boardman joined the Industrial Engineering faculty as an Assistant Professor in 1999 and served in that capacity for several years. In 2004, she decided that her passion was in teaching and outreach, and so elected to move into a Senior Lecturer position. Dr. Boardman carries a full load of teaching in the department and also is responsible for undergraduate recruitment, a key position. She also proposed, and now manages, one of the 12 pilot projects in the UT Arlington Quality Enrichment Plan on Active Learning.

One letter of nomination cited Dr. Boardman’s “refreshing teaching style. When she teaches the 200+ students in the common freshman course, she deals very effectively to this large audience. She is extremely good at designing active learning experiences for students.”

Her activities have included serving as Director of Outreach for the Industrial Engineering Department, working closely with the College of Engineering’s Counseling and Advising Center in developing a recruiting plan, visiting youth groups such as Girls, Inc. and the Girl Scouts to talk about industrial engineering as a potential career path, and serving as the Faculty Mentor (2005-06) for the Engineering Freshman Interest Group.

Dr. Boardman is the advisor for the UT Arlington chapter of Alpha Pi Mu, the national Industrial Engineering honor society, and a co-sponsor of the student chapter of APICS, the Educational Society for Resource Management.