The Board of Trustees has named Dr. Sanguthevar Rajasekaran a University of Connecticut Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, the highest honor that the institution bestows on its faculty. Established in 1998, the award recognizes faculty members who have spent at least 10 years at UConn, have attained the rank of full professor, and have demonstrated excellence in teaching, research, and service. The UConn Board of Trustees approved Dr. Rajasekaran’s prestigious designation at its April 26, 2017 meeting in Storrs.
Dr. Rajasekaran joined the Computer Science and Engineering Department in 2002. He serves as the UTC Chair Professor of CSE. Dr. Rajasekaran’s research is in applied algorithms, big data, bio and medical informatics. He has made seminal and high-impact contributions, and has solved many difficult problems that remained open for more than a decade. One example is for the problem of parsing error corrections, the cubic time algorithm of Aho and Peterson has remained the best since 1972. In 2015, he presented a sub-cubic time algorithm improving a 43 year old result. He has written more than 300 highly influential research articles appearing in top-level venues. Raj has more than 5800 citations in Google Scholar with an h-index of 34. His research funding record is exemplary, with grants totaling more than $9M as the PI, and more than $9M as a co-PI with the majority of these grants coming from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Health. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Association for Advancement in Science and an elected member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.
Professor Rajasekaran has taught at UConn and two other universities inspiring many students to pursue a career in computer science. He has consistently received excellent teaching scores and has constantly strived to update the graduate and undergraduate curricula with funding from NSF. Raj has written influential texts and published two popular text books that have been translated into several languages. Dr. Rajasekaran has graduated 23 Ph.D. students and published many research articles with undergraduate students. He won the School of Engineering Outstanding Teacher Award in 2004 and the Outstanding CSE Faculty of the Year Award in 2005.
Dr. Rajasekaran has contributed immensely to UConn as well as the scientific community at large. Within UConn he has served in many key departmental, school, and university committees. Since 2005, he has served as the Director of the Booth Engineering Center for Advanced Technology (BECAT), and the Center has seen substantial growth and recognition under his leadership. He has promoted high performance computing within UConn and UConn Health, taking the lead on a successful $1.4M proposal for the UConn Strategic Plan Competition in 2015 for procuring a large cluster. Along with writing many large multidisciplinary proposals, Dr. Rajasekaran presents exemplary external service, founding three international conferences, serving as Chair/Co-Chair of 25 and as a program committee member of more than 75 conferences.