Trailblazer: Jelena Kovačević
Jelena Kovačević became the Dean of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering in August 2018. She is the first woman to head the school since its founding in 1854 as the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute.
Prior to joining NYU, Jelena was a professor of electrical and computer engineering and biomedical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University since 2003. She was named the Schramm Professor and head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2014, and named the Hamerschlag University Professor in 2016.
From 1991 through 2002, she worked at Bell Laboratories as a Member of Technical Staff in the Signal Processing Research Department, and later as a member of the Mathematics of Communications Research Department.
Her research interests include applying data science to a number of domains, such as biology, medicine, and smart infrastructure, and she is an authority on multi-resolution techniques, such as wavelets and frames. She has authored and co-authored several books – including Foundations of Signal Processing (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and Wavelets and Subband Coding (Prentice Hall, 1995) – and many scholarly articles in reviewed engineering journals. She has 21 patents to her name. Among her many honors and awards, she is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO), and a recipient of the Belgrade October Prize (1986), the EI Jury Prize at Columbia University (1991), the CIT Philip L. Dowd Fellowship (2010), and the IEEE SPS Technical Achievement Award (2016).
Dean Kovačević received her undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Belgrade. She received her MS and PhD in electrical engineering from Columbia University.