Professor emeritus wins major engineering teaching award

December 4, 2015

McMaster Professor Emeritus Simon Haykin has been recognized with one of the highest engineering teaching honours.

Haykin, a Distinguished University Professor, emeritus, with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 IEEE James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal. He is being recognized for his outstanding "contributions to engineering education in adaptive signal processing and communications."  

The award, given by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), recognizes those who inspire students, demonstrate leadership, develop cutting-edge curriculum or advances the field through research and engineering achievements.

Haykin is a pioneer in adaptive signal-processing, and in its applications in radar and communica­tions. He has shared his vision with students and practitioners across the globe through his renowned text books on communication systems, adaptive filter theory, neural networks, and signals and systems. A recent book, Cognitive Dynamic Systems, provides an engaging introduction to Haykin's  ground-breaking integration of ideas from cognitive neuroscience into the design of signal and information processing systems. 

"Dr. Haykin epitomizes McMaster's approach to the integration of research, teaching and learning," said Tim Davidson, Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. "He is a visionary in the field of adaptive signal processing, and in his books and lectures he captures, in a highly engaging manner, the insights that his research has generated. In doing so has inspired several generations of researchers to develop their own visions and to enrich the lives of others with the products that are subsequently developed." 

Kathryn Grandfield
Dr. Simon Haykin, Distinguished University Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Haykin will be recognized during the IEEE Honors Ceremony in June in New York City. The education medal was established in 1956, and Haykin is only the second Canadian to be recognized with this award.  Haykin has previously been recognized with the IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and a Fellow of the IEEE.

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