Daniel Koditschek Named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

January 21, 2009

PHILADELPHIA –- Daniel Koditschek, Alfred Fitler Moore Professor and chair of the department of electrical and systems engineering, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  This honor is a result of Koditschek’s work in the fields of information, computing and communication.  Election as a Fellow of AAAS is an honor bestowed upon members by their peers, and Fellows are recognized for meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications.

Koditschek earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Yale University, and came to Penn Engineering in January 2005 to assume the post of Chair of the Electrical and Systems Engineering Department.  Research in his group is focused on the application of dynamical systems theory to the design, construction and empirical testing of machines that juggle, run, climb, and in general, interact physically with their environment to perform useful work.  Dan and his group seek to probe the foundations of autonomous robotics by reasoning formally about mathematical models that represent the successes and limitations of their physical platforms. They maintain close collaborations with biologists, whose insights about animal mobility and dexterity inspire their thinking and designs.  To read more about Koditschek and his research, please visit http://www.seas.upenn.edu/~kod/.

The AAAS, the world’s largest general scientific society, is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association. In addition to organizing membership activities, AAAS publishes the journal Science, as well as many scientific newsletters, books and reports, and spearheads programs that raise the bar of understanding for science worldwide.  For more information about the AAAS, please visit http://www.aaas.org/.