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ISU electrical engineering Chair Mousavinezhad honored by Michigan State University with Ryder Alumni Award

Posted April 30, 2009

S. Hossein Mousavinezhad, chair of the Idaho State University Department of Electrical Engineering, has been selected to receive the John D. Ryder Electrical and Computer Engineering Alumni Award from the Michigan State University College of Engineering.

He will be honored at the MSU College of Engineering Alumni Awards Banquet on Saturday, May 9, in East Lansing, Mich. He also will be honored again at MSU’s spring commencement on May 10.

S. Hossein Mousavinezhad“I am truly honored to receive this award from a Big Ten School where I spent five year doing my studies leading to Ph.D. and MSEE degrees,” Mousavinezhad said. “I also was teaching classes as a RA/TA when I became interested in engineering education.”

Mousavinezhad earned his Ph.D., with a research emphasis in bioelectromagnetics, and a Master of Science Degree in electrical engineering from Michigan State University.  His B.S. in electrical engineering is from National Taiwan University.

“I think MSU is a great engineering school and I still keep in contact with them and serve on their advisory (visiting) committee,” Mousavinezhad said. “There are many issues including accreditation that go beyond state boundaries. ISU also has a unique electrical engineering department and I am proud of being part of the engineering college here at Pocatello.”

Mousavinezhad has been a professor and chair of the Idaho State University Department of Electrical Engineering since 2007.  Prior to that, he had a long association with Western Michigan University, from 1982 to 2007, beginning as an associate professor in 1982 and eventually becoming chair of its Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  He also held faculty positions at Purdue University Calumet, in Hammond, Ind.; Southern Illinois University at Carbondale; and Ferdowsi University in Iran.

The ISU professor and chair has a wide assortment of professional affiliations, including with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).  He’s received several awards during his career, including an ASEE ECE Division’s Meritorious Service Award for “academic leadership in advancing electrical and computer engineering profession through scholarship and national service,” and an IEEE Third Millennium Medal.  His vitae lists more than 50 publications.  He is an ABET program evaluator for electrical engineering and computer engineering.