The Catholic University of America

Feb. 20, 2009

CUA Engineering Dean Honored for Achievements in Robotics and Automation

Charles C. Nguyen

The District of Columbia Council of Engineering and Architectural Societies has named Charles C. Nguyen, dean of CUA's School of Engineering, the recipient of its 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Said Ruplu Bhattacharya, president of the D.C. council, "Each year, DCCEAS recognizes outstanding engineers and architects who have distinguished themselves among their peers. The Lifetime Achievement Award is our highest honor, and is bestowed to those who have made deep, meaningful contributions throughout their lifetimes."

Nguyen's area of research is in robotics and control. The award recognizes him for "outstanding contribution to the field of engineering, to academia, and to the profession in the areas of medical robotics, space robotics, linear time-varying systems, decentralized control, intelligent systems, robotics, fuzzy-logic control and robot vision."

Chairman of CUA's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from September 1997 to June 2001, Nguyen was named dean of the school in 2001. He is the first Vietnamese American dean at a major university in the United States. He was appointed by President George W. Bush to be a member of the Vietnam Education Foundation for a three-year term from 2004 to 2007 and traveled extensively in that capacity to Asia and especially Vietnam to develop educational programs.

In addition to his research and founding of a major journal titled Intelligent Automation and Soft Computing, Nguyen has published more than 100 technical and scientific papers in the area of control and robotics, co-edited three books and guest-edited 10 special issues in major journals.

He was the chairman of the Robotics Committee of the Fifth International Symposium on Robotics and Manufacturing in 1994 and was the program vice-chair of the IEEE Conference on Robotics and Automation in 1997.

He is the recipient of many awards and honors from around the globe. He will receive his award at the DCCEAS Awards Banquet in Silver Spring, Md., on Feb. 28.