Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: George Mason University
Location: Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Janos John Gertler, Professor Emeritus at George Mason University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in engineering.
Motivated by an innate curiosity and a desire to solve problems, Dr. Gertler decided at a young age to follow his stepfather into engineering. The first step of his journey was earning a diploma from Technical University in Budapest, Hungary, in 1959. He then garnered experience in roles like research associate at the Power Systems Research Institute in Budapest, assistant professor at Technical University in Budapest, and postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto in Canada, and furthered his education with a candidate in science and a Doctor of Science from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. As the years went on, Dr. Gertler developed a reputation for being intelligent and hard working, which propelled him higher and higher within field. Some of his most notable positions include senior research assistant at the Automation Research Institute, deputy director of the Computing and Automation Research Institute at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, visiting professor and associate dean of engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of New York, and professor at George Mason University in Virginia. After three decades in the last role, Dr. Gertler eventually decided it was time to step down. He accepted the distinguished title of professor emeritus in 2016, and holds it to this day.
Outside of the classroom, Dr. Gertler took great pride in his research and publications. He mainly focused on the theory and application of model-based diagnosis in engineering systems and on isolation-enhanced principal component analysis, although he also studied the effect of off-shoring and rehiring on the U.S. economy and developed a generalized parity relation method. To share his findings with his peers and professional communities, he authored “Fault Detection and Diagnosis,” as well as many articles to professional journals. Additionally, Dr. Gertler served as the editor of Annual Reviews in Control and as the series editor of the International Federation Automatic Control Proceedings. His efforts led him to be named Outstanding Research Faculty by the School of Information Technology at George Mason University.
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