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In Memory of Professor Alireza Seyedi

October 27, 2014

It is with great sadness that we report Professor Alireza Seyedi, Division of Electrical and Computer Engineering, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, October 4, 2014. A memorial service to celebrate Dr. Seyedi’s life was held on Friday, October 17th at 3:30 pm at the University of Central Florida. In attendance was Dr. Seyedi’s wife, Dr. Azadeh Vosoughi, other family members, faculty, staff and his students. Attendees were given the opportunity to express their fondness and appreciation for Dr. Seyedi during this celebration-of-life reception. Through their words and testimonies it is clear that Dr. Seyedi was a respected and loved member of our academic family.

Professor Alireza Seyedi joined the University of Central Florida in the fall of 2012. Prior to that he worked at the University of Rochester and at Philips Research North America. Alireza Seyedi received his PhD and MS degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2004 and 2000 respectively and his BS degree from Sharif University of Technology (Iran) in 1997, all in Electrical Engineering. Dr. Seyedi was a Senior Member of IEEE and member of IEEE Communications, Control and Signal Processing societies. He was also a member of Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi honor societies. He served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Signal Processing Letters, an NSF panelist, and Co-Chair of 2013 IEEE International Workshop on Energy Harvesting for Communications.

Dr. Seyedi made many solid contributions to the department and to his research field. He enjoyed teaching, loved his students, developed and taught a new course at UCF on stochastic control. In September 2014 he was selected by NAE as one of the 77 nation’s most innovative, young engineering educators to participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s sixth Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) symposium. Dr. Seyedi’s research in networked control, communication and energy harvesting was innovative and funded by NSF. As one of the core members of the Foundations for Engineering Education for Distributed Energy (FEEDER) Consortium on renewable energy and smart grid, he made significant contributions to FEEDER research and educational activities.

Alireza was a gentle, intelligent and generous person, and he is remembered as an excellent educator dedicated to his students. He will be sorely missed by all who had the great pleasure of knowing him.
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