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Four ECE Faculty Members Awarded Promotion, Tenure

Atlanta, GA

Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) faculty members Samuel Coogan, Mark Davenport, Omer Inan and Maryam Saeedifard have been awarded promotion and/or tenure by the Board of Regents, effective August 22, 2022.

“We are very proud of Sam, Mark, Omer and Maryam, and are absolutely delighted that ECE is their professional home,” said Arijit Raychowdhury, Steve W. Chaddick School Chair and Professor in ECE. “I would like to thank them for their contributions to our research and educational programs.”

Congratulations to the faculty members for achieving these career milestones:

Promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure

  • Samuel Coogan
    Sam Coogan received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2015, he was a postdoctoral research engineer at Sensys Networks, Inc., and in 2012, he was a research intern at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab. Before joining Georgia Tech in 2017, he was an assistant professor in the Electrical Engineering department at UCLA from 2015–2017. He received the Eli Jury Award from UC Berkeley EECS in 2016 for "outstanding achievement in the area of systems, communications, control, or signal processing," the Leon O. Chua Award from UC Berkeley EECS in 2014 for "outstanding achievement in an area of nonlinear science," and the best student paper award at the 2015 Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control conference.

Promotion to Professor

  • Mark Davenport
    Mark Davenport received the B.S.E.E. (2004), M.S. (2007), and Ph.D. (2010) degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering, all from Rice University. He spent 2010 to 2012 as an NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Statistics at Stanford University and the summer of 2011 as a visitor at the Laboratoire Jacques-Louis Lions, Université Pierre et Marie Curie. 

    In 2012, Dr. Davenport joined the faculty in ECE at Georgia Tech. He is a recipient of a Sloan Research Fellowship (2017), the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2014), and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award (2014). He has received numerous teaching awards, and currently serves as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing.

  • Omer Inan 
    Omer T. Inan received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2004, 2005, and 2009, respectively. He worked at ALZA Corporation in 2006 in the Drug Device Research and Development Group. From 2007-2013, he was chief engineer at Countryman Associates, Inc., designing and developing several high-end professional audio products. From 2009-2013, he was a visiting scholar in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Stanford. In 2013, he joined the School of ECE at Georgia Tech as an assistant professor.

    Inan is generally interested in designing clinically relevant medical devices and systems, and translating them from the lab to patient care applications. One strong focus of his research is in developing new technologies for monitoring chronic diseases at home, such as heart failure.

  • Maryam Saeedifard
    Maryam Saeedifard received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran, in 1998 and 2002, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Toronto, Canada, in 2008, all in electrical engineering. From 2007 to 2008, she was with ABB Corporate Research Center, Dattwil-Baden, Switzerland, working in the power electronic systems group. She joined Purdue University in January 2010, where she served as an assistant professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Since January 2014, she has been on the ECE faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

    Her main research focus has been in the area of Power Electronics and Applications of Power Electronics in Power Systems and Transportation Systems. She has served on the technical program committees of the IEEE Power Electronics Society, IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC), and IEEE Industrial Electronics Conference (IECON). She is an editor for IEEE Trans. on Sustainable Energy, IEEE Trans. on Power Delivery, and IEEE Trans. on Power Electronics.


Last revised March 31, 2022