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2010 Technical Achievement Award

Dr. Sedig S. Agili 2010 Technical Achievement

Dr. Sedig Agili has been selected by the Central Pennsylvania Engineers Week Council to receive the 2010 Technical Achievement Award.

Dr. Agili and his wife Hoda along with their daughters Ruba, Riana and Aryam reside in Harrisburg, PA.  He has been a faculty member at Penn State Harrisburg (PSH) since August 2001 and is currently an Associate professor of the Electrical Engineering and Electrical Engineering Technology programs. 

Prior to joining PSH, he was a member of the faculty at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he taught several courses in electrical engineering and conducted research in the area of electro-optic devices, fiber optic communication and fiber optic sensors. In addition, he held the position of Program Chair for the Electrical Engineering Technology BS program at ITT Technical Institute in Greenfield, Wisconsin. 

Dr. Agili received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Marquette University in 1986, 1989, and 1996, respectively. As a student, he was awarded Doctoral Fellowship from U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C., and Frank Rogers Bacon Fellowship, from Marquette University. He was a Teaching Assistant and a Research Assistant at Marquette University. He was elected to a Full Member of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. He also worked for Astronaut Corporation of America in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he was involved in designing optical projection and heads-up display systems.

Currently, Dr. Agili is teaching and conducting research in electronic communications, fiber optic communications, fiber optic sensors and signal integrity of high-speed interconnects. He has authored over 40 articles which have been published in journals and conference proceedings and he has made presentations at numerous conferences and seminars. Dr. Agili was honored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) with Best poster paper award at the IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics 2007, Las Vegas, Nevada, for the paper " Transmitter Pre-emphasis and Adaptive Receiver Equalization for Duobinary Signaling in Backplane Channels'' .

His research has been funded through several sources, among them Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Tyco Foundation, Agilent Technologies, other local connector companies and Penn State University. Dr. Agili is the Co-Director of the Center for Signal Integrity recently established at Penn State Harrisburg. The Center serves the electrical connector industry through the greater Harrisburg metropolitan area.

Dr. Agili is a senior member of the IEEE serving the institute’s mission in various capacities.   He has served the IEEE Susquehanna Section as Vice Chair/Program Chair, Treasurer, and Chair of the Professional Activities Committees for Engineers (PACE), during the last 6 years. Currently, he serves as the Chair of the IEEE Susquehanna Section and a Member of IEEE Region 2 Committee. The IEEE, a non-profit organization, is the world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology with more than 375,000 members, including more than 80,000 students, in more than 160 countries. Dr. Agili has served on several university and college committees and is currently a member of the Faculty Senate at Penn State Harrisburg.  He has also Co-organized three Central PA Symposiums on Signal Integrity.

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