Two Lobos from the UNM Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering are being recognized by the Albuquerque Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Ali Bidram, an assistant professor, was selected as the 2020 Albuquerque Section IEEE winner of the Outstanding Engineering Educator Award. Bidram was chosen for his “for outstanding contributions in education, engineering, and research in Smart Grid power engineering.”

Georgios Fragkos, a Ph.D. student, was awarded the Albuquerque Section IEEE 2020 Outstanding Graduate Engineering Student Award for outstanding academic performance in the field of computing and communications.

Fragkos performs research in the PROTON Lab with his advisor Prof. Eirini Eleni Tsiropoulou. The PROTON Lab (which stands for Performance and Resource Optimization in Networks Lab) focuses on multidisciplinary research relating to national security and societal needs, such as modeling, design, optimization and performance of large-scale interconnected systems like public safety networks, as well as artificial intelligence, reinforcement learning, game theory, and human behavior modeling.

Fragkos has authored several papers on topics such as multi-access edge computing, distributed decision making, artificial intelligence, and blockchain. In spring 2020 was selected as the outstanding graduate student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research is supported by Professor Tsiropoulou’s funded project, “NSF CRII: NeTS: Real-life modeling for EFficient RESource management in Heterogeneous multi-user systems – REFRESH” (#1849739).

While at UNM, he has been involved in IEEE and IEEE HKN and is a member of the Electrical Engineering Students’ European Association. In August, he will begin an internship at Sandia National Laboratories in the renewable and distributed systems integration department focusing on PV cybersecurity standards research and development.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the in-person award ceremony for 2020 has been canceled. Fragkos and Bidram will be presented with their awards sometime this summer and are invited to attend the awards ceremony in May 2021, where they will be recognized as 2020 awardees.