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Gireeja Ranade wins NSF Career Award

Ranade's research focuses on diverse technical matters including artificial intelligence, information theory, and control theory.

Assistant professor of the UC, Berkeley Gireeja Ranade. Image - UC, Berkeley

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recognized Gireeja Ranade, electrical engineering and computer science assistant professor at the University of California (UC), Berkeley with the Faculty Early Career Development Award to enable her to serve as an academic role model in research and education.

As part of the award, Ranade will receive US $519,947 grant to explore new non-linear control strategies, the UC, Berkeley Engineering’s a news release noted. Reacting to the news, Ranade said, “I’m honoured to have received the career award. The funding and the recognition will support my group’s research in control theory and education.”

According to her award proposal, Ranade will explore the ability to analyze and give guarantees for refined models that can better characterize the risk for safety-critical systems. Speaking of her passion for Mathematics, she said,“I owe a lot to M. Prakash Sir and the Bhaskaracharya Pratishthan in Pune, India for helping me see the beauty of mathematics. Thanks to him and so many more of my teachers who helped me become who I am.”

Before joining the faculty at UC Berkeley, Ranade was a researcher at Microsoft Research AI in the Adaptive Systems and Interaction Group. She also designed and taught the first offering for the new course sequences in the EECS department at UC Berkeley. She is the recipient of the 2017 UC Berkeley Electrical Engineering Award for Outstanding Teaching and the 2020 UC Berkeley Award for Extraordinary Teaching in Extraordinary Times, according to her academic profile.

Ranade received her PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and her undergraduate degree from MIT in Cambridge, MA.