Jeffrey Fessler voted 2022 HKN Professor of the Year for ECE

Prof. Fessler has received numerous teaching awards throughout his career, and this is his third time as HKN Professor of the Year
Liu, Fessler, Thummar
Mingyan Liu (Peter and Evelyn Fuss Chair of ECE), Prof. Jeffrey Fessler, Nilay Thummas (HKN President)

Prof. Jeffrey Fessler was named 2022 HKN Professor of the Year in ECE by the Beta-Epsilon chapter of Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), the national honor society for electrical and computer engineers.

The HKN Professor of the Year Award is awarded based on popular vote by all undergraduate and graduate students in programs administered by the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The voting was administered by HKN leadership, and two faculty are selected each year, one in the ECE Division, and one in the CSE Division.

“This honor was an incredible surprise and delight to me,” said Fessler, who is receiving the honor for the third time in his 27 years of teaching. “Of all the honors I have been blessed to receive, these three student-selected awards are the most meaningful to me.”

This past year, Fessler taught a graduate level course in signal processing (EECS 551: Matrix Method in Signal Processing), and the freshmen level course Music Signal Processing. Over the course of his career, he has taught 11 different courses.

Fessler, who is the William L. Root Collegiate Professor of EECS, has also been honored with the U-M Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award, two College of Engineering Education Excellence Awards (one from EECS, and one from the Department of Biomedical Engineering), and a U-M Henry Russel Award, which recognizes the combination of outstanding scholarship and teaching.

In addition, he has received numerous awards in recognition of his outstanding research in the area of medical imaging, some of which are listed here. His students have received numerous paper awards. He is a Fellow of IEEE, and former Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

After two years of adjusting his teaching style to meet the needs of students during the pandemic, Prof. Fessler says he looks forward to once again being able to see his students’ faces in the future.