Mahmoudian Named Lou and Herbert Wacker Associate Professor
Nina Mahmoudian (ME-EM) has been named the first Lou and Herbert Wacker Associate Professor in Autonomous Mobile Systems. The selection was made by Michigan Tech and donors, who wish to remain anonymous. One of the donors is a Michigan Tech mechanical engineering alumni and the endowment is named in honor of their parents, Lou and Herbert Wacker.
This is an endowed professorship through a cash gift of $1,000,000.
William Predebon, chair of ME-EM, says the endowment of a professorship is an important recognition of faculty who are rising stars or at the top of their fields. “Endowed professorships are critical for the retention of our outstanding faculty or to attract a national research scholar. Today more than ever, faculty are being courted by other universities and an endowed professorship is a means to retain them.”
Predebon says, “The donors are humble and do not want to be in the spotlight.” He says when they met, the donor explained they were thinking of a donation and through discussion was persuaded to do an endowed professorship. “What sealed the deal was Nina's research and as they put it, ‘it was the gliding underwater robots and the mass of robots joining together to do their thing that reeled me in.’ We will be forever grateful for the generosity of the donors.”
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