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Dr. Laurent Michel Elected to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering

The Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering recently announced their Science and Engineering inductees for 2018. Congratulations to Dr. Michel for receiving this honorable lifetime achievement and being one of Connecticut’s leading experts in science, engineering and technology. Eight of the 24 new members are from UConn and UConn Health.

Election to the Academy is based on scientific and engineering distinction achieved through significant contributions in theory or applications, as demonstrated by original published books and papers, patents, the pioneering of new and developing fields and innovative products, outstanding leadership of nationally recognized technical teams, and external professional awards in recognition of scientific and engineering excellence. The Academy identifies and studies issues and technological advances that are or should be of concern to the people of Connecticut, and provides unbiased, expert advice on science- and technology-related issues to state government and other Connecticut institutions.

Dr. Michel’s professional areas include: Constraint-based local search as a methodology and toolset to solve large and difficult combinatorial problems; constraint programming and its hybridization with integer programming; security and integrity of electronic election systems and voting machines; security of internet-of-things devices and general software stacks; and demand forecasting techniques for power distribution networks.

Laurent is a co-director of the UConn Center for Voting Technology Research that has significantly contributed to the security and integrity of elections in Connecticut. He is also the co-director of the Comcast Center of Excellence for Security Innovation.

New members will be introduced at the academy’s 43rd annual meeting and dinner on May 24 at the Radisson Hotel in Cromwell.