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Anthony Maciejewski to lead the NSF Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems

Anthony Maciejewski

Anthony Maciejewski of Colorado State University begins as ECCS division director in January 2023.

January 27, 2023

The U.S. National Science Foundation has selected Dr. Anthony A. Maciejewski of Colorado State University to serve as division director for the Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems. Maciejewski, who begins his NSF term today, has served as the head of the department of electrical and computer engineering at CSU since 2003.

"I am excited to welcome Dr. Maciejewski, whose engineering expertise, servant-leadership and commitment to educational innovation will help NSF expand engineering knowledge and capabilities, and advance clean energy, semiconductors and microelectronics, manufacturing, and other national priorities," said Susan Margulies, NSF assistant director for Engineering. "With Dr. Maciejewski’s leadership, NSF will continue to support the growth of the engineering research community and broaden our future engineering workforce." 

Maciejewski joined the CSU faculty as a professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering in 2001. Previously, he was a professor at Purdue University, where he began as an assistant professor in 1988. Early in his career, Maciejewski spent time as a research engineer in industry and at Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Maciejewski's main research area is motion coordination for robots with a large number of joints, similar to many mammals. His goal is to develop dexterous robots that can collaborate with humans on a range of complex tasks, such as surgical assistance and elder care. The robots may also be useful in remote or harsh environments, assisting with space exploration, hazardous waste remediation, or other work that is difficult for people.

Maciejewski is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association (AAIA). During 2018-2019 he served as president of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Head Association (ECEDHA). He has been recognized for teaching, service, and research with awards such as the CSU N. Preston Davis Award for Instructional Innovation and the Intelligent Robots and Systems Conference Distinguished Service Award. He received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from The Ohio State University.

The Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS), in the NSF Directorate for Engineering, promotes fundamental research in device and component technologies, power, controls, computation, networking, communications, and cyber technologies to support integration and networking of intelligent systems.



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