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Spring Faculty Career News

Leslie Lestinsky • DATE: May 28, 2019

The Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame (NDEE) is pleased to announce two pieces of faculty roster news for the 2019-2020 academic year. Professor Hai Lin was promoted to full professor and Professor Thomas O’Sullivan was renewed for another three-year term as assistant professor.

NDEE Professor Hai LinA former student of NDEE H.C. and E.A. Brosey Professor Panos Antsaklis, Lin is NDEE alumni. He received his Ph.D. degree from NDEE in 2005. Before returning to his alma mater, Lin had been working as an assistant professor in the National University of Singapore from 2006 to 2011.

Lin’s teaching and research interests include multidisciplinary study of the problems at the intersections of control, verification, and learning. His current research thrust is within cyber-physical systems, multi-robot cooperative tasking, advanced manufacturing systems, human machine collaboration and formal synthesis of distributed cooperative systems

“Since returning to Notre Dame, Professor Lin has been a great contributor to the area of control systems at the boundary between the physical world and the digital world,” said NDEE Chair, Professor Greg Snider. “His promotion is a well-deserved recognition of his work.”

Lin’s graduate students have benefited greatly in their research efforts as they work alongside him and lean on his mentoring.

"Professor Lin provides support, advice, and guidance yet challenges us to be better by encouraging and inspiring us,” said graduate student, Rafael Rodrigues da Silva. “His classes pave the way to a deeper understanding, which is essential in research."

NDEE Professor Hai Lin
NDEE Professor Hai Lin with Baxter Robot
Lin has served on several committees and editorial boards, including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Transactions on Automatic Control Editorial Board. He served as the Chair for the IEEE Control Systems Society Technical Committee on Discrete Event Systems, the Program Chair for IEEE International Conference on Control and Automation 2011, the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society 2011 and the Chair for IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Singapore Chapter for 2009 and 2010. He is a senior member of IEEE and a recipient of the 2013 National Science Foundation CAREER award.

"I really feel blessed to have the opportunity to return to my alma mater as a faculty member,” said Lin. “I’m very grateful for all the support I’ve received over the years. It’s a very special place for me and I devote myself to making it even better."

O'Sullivan Group
NDEE Professor Thomas O'Sullivan with graduate students, Roy Stillwell and Vincent Kitsmiller
O'Sullivan received his Masters of Science and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2007 and 2011. His expertise is in semiconductor optical devices–lasers, photodetectors, and integrated optics–and semiconductor physics. O’Sullivan specifically researches biomedical optical sensing and imaging.

He was previously the director of the Diffuse Optical Spectroscopy and Imaging Laboratory at the UC Irvine Beckman Laser Institute. There he applied his unique background in engineering and cancer biology to develop quantitative approaches to advance basic scientific and clinical research in breast cancer.

O'Sullivan has received several awards and grants, actively publishes his work in leading biomedical optics and engineering journals, and frequently presents his research at international conferences.

"I look forward to continuing to work and learn alongside the students, faculty, and staff in electrical engineering and across the university,” said O’Sullivan.