Dr. Karen Rudie named IEEE Fellow

Posted on January 08, 2018

Queen’s Engineering professor, Karen Rudie, has been named among the new Fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for 2018. She is being recognized for her “contributions to the supervisory control theory of discrete event systems.”

Karen Rudie
SINGULAR HONOUR: “It’s exciting for me that my research area is recognized this way by my peers,” says Professor Karen Rudie.

Rudie, who is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and cross-appointed to the School of Computing, joins a very small group of women to receive the honour. As of 2017, there were fewer than 400 women listed among some 10,000 IEEE Fellows worldwide. 

“I’m a member of the IEEE Control Systems Society,” says Rudie. “There are only 26 IEEE Control Systems Society Fellows in the world who are women and I’m the only one from Canada.”

New Fellows are nominated by their colleagues in the profession. IEEE Fellowship signifies collegial approval and validation of a researcher’s complete body of work. The aggregated honours held by faculty also add to the university’s gravitas and credibility in the academic world, which can lead to more opportunities for faculty and students overall.

“Professor Rudie is the world’s authority on decentralized control of discrete-event systems," writes IEEE Control Systems Society president, Dr Edwin Chong. “The IEEE Control Systems Society is proud of her contributions and happily celebrates her elevation to the rank of IEEE Fellow. The number of IEEE members being elevated to the rank of Fellow is fewer than one in a thousand.”

“My department has been wonderful,” says Rudie. “They had a big cake for me and it was very meaningful. It’s definitely an important career milestone in electrical engineering.”

Rudie will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Miami in December, 2018.

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