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UTA electrical engineering professor named an AAAS Fellow

Friday, December 2, 2016 • Media Contact: Herb Booth

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Frank Lewis, a professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Engineering, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Frank Lewis

Frank Lewis, a UTA electrical engineering professor, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Lewis, who is also a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the International Federation of Automatic Control and the U.K. Institute of Measurement and Control, was cited by AAAS for his “contributions in developing new neural adaptive control architectures, parameter tuning algorithms, and techniques with improved performance for nonlinear control systems.”

Lewis’ Advanced Controls and Sensors Group focuses on controls design for robotic, aerospace and autonomous systems and has garnered 80 competitive research grants worth more than $9 million since 1990. Recent funding has come from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center, the Office of Naval Research and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

His key contribution has been to add additional self-learning mechanisms to neural network controllers for dynamical systems, such as aircraft and robot systems, by making it possible to design and tune the neural adaptive controllers based on the patterns of use of different modes in the system. This tuning process provides greater reliability and stability for neural adaptive control.

“The American Association for the Advancement of Science is one of the oldest and largest multidisciplinary societies. Its foundation in 1848 coincided with the emergence of a true society of scientists in America. I am truly proud and personally honored to be elected as a Fellow of this prestigious society,” Lewis said.

“Dr. Lewis has had a distinguished career in the area of neural networks and controls, and this newest honor is evidence of that.  More than that, this honor recognizes that his influence on countless engineers through his academic career has now been recognized by the much larger science and engineering community,” said Peter E. Crouch, dean of the UTA College of Engineering.

Lewis joined UTA’s College of Engineering in 1990 as the Moncrief-O’Donnell Chair of Electrical Engineering after earning advanced degrees from Rice University and Georgia Institute of Technology. Since then, he has become a recognized international authority on intelligent feedback control systems and presents workshops and courses worldwide.

He has published more than 300 journal papers and more than 400 refereed conference papers, and authored 22 books. He has more than 30,000 citations in Google Scholar. Among the many awards he has received are the Fulbright Research Award, the Neural Network Society’s Gabor Award, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Intelligent Systems Award, and the U.K. Instrumentation and Control Honeywell Field Engineering Medal.

In additional to research achievements, Lewis is an acclaimed professor who has won numerous awards for outstanding contributions and innovations in teaching, including the University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, membership in the UTA Academy of Distinguished Teachers and the University’s Graduate Dean’s Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring Award. He has supervised more than 50 Ph.D. students, including three National Science Foundation CAREER Awardees and one Homeland Security Career Awardee. His students are now leaders in academia and industry, and count among them the President of Bogaziki University in Turkey, the Provost of the University of New Mexico and the Vice Chancellor of the University of Hawaii System.

The AAAS is the world's largest multidisciplinary scientific society and a leading publisher of cutting-edge research through its Science family of journals. It has individual members in more than 91 countries around the globe and seeks to "advance science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people."

Election as a Fellow honors members whose efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications in service to society have distinguished them among their peers and colleagues. In 2016, 391 members in 24 sections of the Association were elevated to Fellow status.

-- Written by Jeremy Agor

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