Carolyn Beck honored twice by IEEE


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Carolyn Beck, a professor of industrial & enterprise systems engineering and a faculty member in the Coordinated Science Laboratory (CSL), has been honored twice by IEEE.

Beck was elected president of the Control Systems Society (CSS) for the years 2025-2026. Beck will serve as president-elect in 2024. As the CSS president, she will supervise the affairs of CSS, serve as an ex-officio member of all committees of CSS, and represent CSS on the IEEE Technical Activities Board. 

Second, Beck has been named to the IEEE CSS Distinguished Lecturer Program for the years 2024-2026. The Distinguished Lecturer Program connects distinguished CSS members with local IEEE chapters to share knowledge, expertise, and insights in the field.

The Control Systems Society promotes scientific, technological, and educational advancements in the fields of automatic control, decision making, theory and applications, including, and not limited to, aerospace systems, automotive systems, communication networks, cyber-physical systems, manufacturing, micro/nano systems, power grids, process control, robotics, smart communities, and systems and synthetic biology. 

Beck says, “Election to the Presidency of the IEEE Control Systems Society results from holding some level of research standing in the community (e.g, the Fellows award), but more specifically my having been active in research society governance and organizational roles for over 15 years.”   

As a Distinguished Lecturer, Beck will be empowered to visit any CSS Chapter or other IEEE groups to speak on one of the following topics:

  •  Discrete State System Identification: Examples and Bounds

  •  Modeling and Stability Analysis of Epidemic Dynamics over Networks”

  •  Dynamic Clustering and Coverage Control: A Resource Allocation Approach

Beck is an IEEE fellow, for which she was honored “for contributions to model reduction and to the analysis of epidemic processes over networks.”

Her recent research addresses the spread of viruses in biological networks, computer networks, and human contact networks, seeking to develop  and analyze mathematical models to provide insights that lead to long-term societal benefits. A recent paper presents quarantine control via simulation.

“These distinctions are great recognitions of Professor Carolyn Beck’s career and a source of pride for ISE,” says Department Head Jeff Shamma. 

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This story was published March 21, 2024.