Title: Engineering Educator, Department Chairman
Company: Purdue University
Location: West Lafayette, Indiana, United States
Lefteri Tsoukalas, Engineering Educator and Department Chairman at the School of Nuclear Engineering at Purdue University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in engineering education.
Dr. Tsoukalas is an expert when it comes to fuzzy and neural approaches in engineering, methods for collecting and analyzing data automatically, and extracting key features about systems through data output. His knowledge in these areas makes him an integral figure at Purdue University’s esteemed engineering program. He has taught at the university since 2000, also serving as the head of the School of Nuclear Engineering from 2001 to 2006. In addition, Dr. Tsoukalas has consulted for the International Atomic Energy Agency based in Vienna, Austria, and in 1997 he published “Fuzzy and Neural Approaches in Engineering.” He maintains professional affiliation as a life fellow of the American Nuclear Society and was previously chair of the Nuclear Engineering Department Heads Organization from 2004 to 2006.
Dr. Tsoukalas grew up in Greece during the 1960s, while the country was building up its infrastructure to people in rural communities. He saw firsthand the importance of people receiving these technological advancements and how much it changed and benefitted these people’s lives. Dr. Tsoukalas took his burgeoning love of mathematics and physics and entered the engineering field. In 1981, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, continuing on with the institution to receive an Master of Science in 1983 and a PhD in 1989.
Dr. Tsoukalas’ work in academia and engineering has resulted in a number of accolades. He has received an Outstanding Career award from the IEEE and the Consortium for the Intelligent Management of the Electric Power Grid Award from the Electrical Power Research Institute. In 1997, Purdue University recognized him with a Best Teacher Award. Furthermore, Dr. Tsoukalas has a Hubble Award. In his spare time, Dr. Tsoukalas enjoys spending time with his family, sailing, scuba diving and traveling to homeland Greece.
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