Lakehead Electrical Engineering professor receives international recognition

Photo of Professor Tayebi 

December 5, 2022 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

Professor Abdelhamid Tayebi, from Lakehead University’s Department of Electrical Engineering, has been named an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow. 

IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious recognition. 

The IEEE is recognizing Dr. Tayebi for his contributions to the control of unmanned aerial vehicles and learning-based control for robot manipulators.

“I am honored to receive this prestigious distinction from IEEE as a recognition by my peers for my career achievements in the fields of autonomous aerial vehicles and robotics. I am proud to count myself among the IEEE fellows,” Dr. Tayebi said.

“Certainly, this wouldn’t have been possible without my collaborators and students with whom I have been blessed to work over the years,” he added.

Dr. Tayebi received his MSc in Robotics from Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, and his PhD in Robotics and Automatic Control from Université de Picardie Jules Verne. He joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at Lakehead University in 1999 where he is a professor and the founder of the Robotics and Automatic Control Laboratory.

“Everyone at Lakehead Engineering is very proud of Dr. Tayebi’s achievement,” said Dr. Janusz Kozinski, Lakehead’s Dean of Engineering.

“He is a truly outstanding researcher who thoroughly deserves this accolade, which acknowledges his work over many years at the forefront of his field.

“We are continuing to expand and strengthen our research enterprise, and this recognition is another example of the exceptional quality and talent of the team at Lakehead Engineering,” Dr. Kozinski said.




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