Bhattacharyya receives the Professor Visitante Especial (PVE) award from Brazil

Bhattacharyya, Shankar P.

Dr. S.P. Bhattacharyya, a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has received a Professor Visitante Especial (PVE) award from the Brazilian Research Council.

Bhattacharyya, the Robert M. Kennedy Professor in Electrical Engineering, received the award based on a competitive research proposal. The award is for a three-year period and supports collaborative research with faculty members in Brazil.

The main thrust of the research is to develop a new measurement based approach to engineering design problems as an alternative to the traditional model-based approaches. The application areas to be covered are electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering and civil engineering. Bhattacharyya's main collaborator in Brazil is Professor Vilma Alves de Oliveira from the Universidade de Sao Paolo, Sao Carlos, and collaborative work is also planned with faculty members at the Federal University in Rio de Janeiro and the Laboratorio Nacional de Computacao Cientifica in Petropolis. The grant also supports two Ph.D. students and two post doctoral Fellows.

Bhattacharyya has longstanding ties with Brazil where he established the country's first graduate program in control systems. In 2012 he was elected a foreign member of the Academia Brasileira de Ciencas. He initiated and established the Brazil Engineering Study Abroad Program in the Dwight Look College of Engineering Texas A&M eight years ago and has since taken six groups of students to Brazil. He said he hopes that the PVE award will strengthen Texas A&M’s ties to the Brazilian academic and research community and lead to further collaborations.

Bhattacharyya received the B.Tech. degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Rice University. He is an IEEE Fellow and an IFAC Fellow and a member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. He has been co-author on seven books, more than 100 journal publications and 250 conference publications in the field of Control Theory. He also is an accomplished concert artist and plays Indian Classical Music on the Sarode internationally.