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Linda Bushnell

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Linda Bushnell is a research associate professor in the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Washington. She received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and an MA in math from UC Berkeley, and both an MS and a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut. She also holds an MBA from the UW Foster School of Business.  Her research interests include networked control systems and secure-control.

Dr. Bushnell is a recipient of the US Army Superior Civilian Service Award, NSF ADVANCE Fellowship, IEEE CSS Distinguished Member Award, and IEEE CSS Recognition Award. She was elected a Fellow of the IEEE for her contributions to networked control systems. She has been a member of the IEEE since 1985, a member of the IEEE CSS since 1990 and a member of the IEEE Women in Engineering since 2013. For IEEE CSS, she currently is a Member of the Board of Governors, a Distinguished Lecturer, a member of the Women in Control Standing Committee, a member of the TC Control Education, a member of the History Committee and the Liaison to IEEE Women in Engineering. For the American Automatic Control Council (AACC), she currently is the Treasurer and a Member of the Technical Committee on Control Education.

Research Interests

Networked control systems, secure-control, multi-agent systems.

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University of Washington Department of Electrical Engineering Research Associate Professor Linda Bushnell received the 2017 IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) Distinguished Member Award.

This top-level award recognizes significant technical contributions and outstanding long-term service to the Control Systems Society.

“Linda has made significant contributions to networked control systems and has served the IEEE Control Systems Society tirelessly for many years,” Edwin Chong, president of IEEE CSS and professor at Colorado State University, said. “She currently serves as a member of the CSS Board of Governors, a CSS Distinguished Lecturer, a member of the CSS Women in Control Standing Committee, a member of the CSS Technical Committee on Control Education, a member of the History Committee and the Liaison to IEEE Women in Engineering. We are greatly appreciative of her contributions to research and service to our community.”

Earlier this year, Dr. Bushnell was named an IEEE Fellow, the highest grade of membership bestowed to a member. Dr. Bushnell has received numerous other accolades during her career. She is a recipient of the US Army Superior Civilian Service Award, NSF ADVANCE Fellowship and IEEE CSS Recognition Award. She has been a member of the IEEE since 1985 and a member of the IEEE CSS since 1990.

Dr. Bushnell will be recognized for this achievement at the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control in Melbourne, Australia in December.
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Research Associate Professor Linda Bushnell is the 26th UW EE faculty member to be elected an Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow. She is elevated to Fellow as of January 1, 2017. Bushnell is being recognized for her significant contributions to networked control systems.

Professor Tamer Basar, who nominated Bushnell for the IEEE Fellow, is the Swanlund Endowed Chair and Professor at the University of Illinois Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. On why he nominated her, Basar said: 

"Professor Linda  Bushnell was one of the founders of the area of networked control systems. Networked control systems theory is one of the pillars of the cyber-physical systems, which is a tight integration between controls, computing, networking and communications.”  

As Basar noted, Bushnell is one of the first people to establish networked control systems. She received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and an MA in math from UC Berkeley, and both an MS and a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut. She also holds an MBA from the UW Foster School of Business.  In addition to networked control, Bushnell's research interests focus on secure-control. Bushnell is a recipient of the US Army Superior Civilian Service Award, NSF ADVANCE Fellowship and IEEE CSS Recognition Award. She has been a member of the IEEE since 1985 and a member of the IEEE CSS since 1990. She currently is a Member of the IEEE CSS Board of Governors and an IEEE CSS Distinguished Lecturer. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement. It is bestowed by the Board of Directors to professionals who have made remarkable contributions in their field. The number of fellows selected each year is less than 0.1 percent of the total voting membership of the organization. On the honor, Bushnell said: "I am deeply honored to be elevated to IEEE Fellow for my technical contributions to the area of networked control systems. I have been a member of IEEE for over 30 years, working in the field of control systems. I am excited to both push the field forward, especially in the areas of networked control systems and secure-control, and to work with graduate students on fundamental research." 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April Opsvig and Zoe Nelson designed the device over a one-month internship, under the guidance of Research Associate Professor Linda Bushnell. PhD student (and TA on the project), Sang Sagong, developed the concept for Wise Walker for his Engineering Innovation in Medicine course this past spring. He designed a device that will serve those in need of walker support through intuitive brakes and speed control and stability. Opsvig and Nelson learned several electrical engineering components, including control feedback, sensors, actuators and testing. Through the use of sensors, they were able to develop a system that is more stable – a significant need for those who rely on a walker. The WiSE UP Summer Bridge Program empowers women interested in science and engineering fields by offering a collaborative and learner-centered environment. In a short amount of time, Ospvig and Nelson were able to develop their engineering skills and create a device that improves quality of life. [post_title] => WiSE Summer Bridge Students Develop Smart, Stable Walker [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => wise-summer-bridge-students-develop-smart-stable-walker [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-09-12 16:38:45 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-09-12 16:38:45 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://hedy.ee.washington.edu/?post_type=spotlight&p=6449 [menu_order] => 138 [post_type] => spotlight [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1402 [post_author] => 15 [post_date] => 2016-01-05 00:47:45 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-01-05 00:47:45 [post_content] => group2_002 A new book coming out in January 2016, titled “Submodularity in Dynamics and Control of Networked Systems,” was authored by two UW EE faculty members and two alums. ProfessorLinda Bushnell, alums Andrew Clark (Ph.D. ‘14) and Basel Alomair (Ph.D. ‘11), and Department Chair Radha Poovendran worked collaboratively on the new publication. The book presents a framework for optimal control of networked systems, which play important roles in government, commercial and consumer applications including energy, transportation, medical and communication systems. In order to enhance the performance of systems and increase security from malicious attacks, the authors propose a new framework for controlling networked systems, which entails designating a subset of input nodes that are controlled directly and are capable of guiding remaining nodes. In all applications, system performance is determined by the choice of nodes that act as inputs, which have provable performance guarantees. This work is the first to apply submodular optimization, where adding an element to an input set has less impact as the size of the set increases, to the control of networked systems. Applications include maintaining stability in power grids, steering gene regulatory networks from unhealthy to healthy states, influencing opinion dynamics in social networks and controlling unmanned vehicles. 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The UW Department of Electrical Engineering is organizing and hosting the workshop, on behalf of the National Science Foundation, with the goal of facilitating dialogue between stakeholders, including municipalities, states, cities, universities, industry, federal government and private foundations. The concept of creating smart communities is emerging as a way to address a variety of problems facing both busy urban centers and rural communities. By utilizing data analytics, sensors and other technology, the goal is to overcome various challenges, such as power distribution, healthcare, transportation, air quality and access to education, shelter, water and food. “The NSF visioning workshop on smart and connected communities provides an opportunity for stakeholders to talk about these needs and identify challenges and barriers that need to be overcome, both globally and locally,” said EE Chair Radha Poovendran, who is the chair and principal investigator of the NSF visioning workshop. According to a September 2015 statement from President Barack Obama, the White House announced a new “Smart Cities” initiative that will invest more than $160 million in federal research to help communities improve services. “Every community is different, with different needs and different approaches. But communities that are making the most progress on these issues have some things in common. They don't look for a single silver bullet; instead they bring together local government and nonprofits and businesses and teachers and parents around a shared goal,” according to a statement from President Barack Obama. The NSF visioning workshop brings together 50 leaders from around the world, including leading industry representatives from Honeywell and Amazon, to discuss and define a vision for smart and connected communities. Presentations and discussions highlight a variety of smart community topics, such as city planning and management, urban infrastructure and systems, emerging technologies and social, cultural and economic challenges. An international panel will also feature presentations from leaders from the Netherlands, Japan, Barcelona, China, Japan and Taiwan. Local speakers include Seattle's Chief Technology Officer Michael Mattmiller, who will be speaking about data-driven city management, and Leonard Forsman from the Suquamish Tribe, who will discuss the tribal community’s perspective on smart cities development. A leader in emerging smart community technologies, the UW Department of Electrical Engineering has many faculty researching various components of smart communities, from power systems to transportation to the Internet of Things. UW is also well represented by the newUrban@UW collaboration, led by Associate Professor Thaisa Way, from the UW College of Built Environments, who is an active participant in the NSF visioning workshop. On the founding committee of Urban@UW, Bill Howe, who is the Associate Director and Senior Data Science Fellow for the eScience Institute, is also working to develop smart community programs. A binational smart communities agreement was signed in September 2015 by EE Chair Radha Poovendran, UW Dean of Engineering Mike Bragg, UW President Ana Mari Cauce, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) President Zhang Jie, SJTU CSE Department Chair Guo Minyi and SJTU Research Dean Hui Liu. The agreement formalized the commitment of both universities to work together on smart cities research, teaching and collaboration, with the potential to establish an International Joint Research Lab to develop smart cities technology. 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The information session was specifically for students enrolled in the Washington STate Academic RedShirt (STARS) in Engineering Program, which supports incoming freshmen who are interested in pursuing an engineering degree and who are from economically and educationally underserved backgrounds. At the information session, Sahr and Bushnell spoke about their experiences working, teaching and conducting research in electrical engineering. Five electrical engineering students also shared their experiences, from academics to research to internships. With engineering programs having among the most challenging curricula, STARS is designed to help students build the necessary skills and support systems to successfully navigate the challenges they encounter while completing an engineering degree. During their first two years of college, participants receive a specialized curriculum designed to prepare them to pursue an engineering major. As part of the program, they are guaranteed acceptance into one of the UW’s 10 engineering programs. Last year, STARS students had a cumulative GPA that was, on average, 0.33 higher than their non-STARS peers. The STARS program, which was founded in 2013, is an initiative led by EE Professor Eve Riskin, Associate Dean of Diversity and Access. A National Science Foundation grant was secured to start the program. 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University of Washington Department of Electrical Engineering Research Associate Professor Linda Bushnell received the 2017 IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) Distinguished Member Award. This top-level award recognizes significant technical contributions and outstanding long-term service to the Control Systems Society. “Linda has made significant contributions to networked control systems and has served the IEEE Control Systems Society tirelessly for many years,” Edwin Chong, president of IEEE CSS and professor at Colorado State University, said. “She currently serves as a member of the CSS Board of Governors, a CSS Distinguished Lecturer, a member of the CSS Women in Control Standing Committee, a member of the CSS Technical Committee on Control Education, a member of the History Committee and the Liaison to IEEE Women in Engineering. We are greatly appreciative of her contributions to research and service to our community.” Earlier this year, Dr. Bushnell was named an IEEE Fellow, the highest grade of membership bestowed to a member. Dr. Bushnell has received numerous other accolades during her career. She is a recipient of the US Army Superior Civilian Service Award, NSF ADVANCE Fellowship and IEEE CSS Recognition Award. She has been a member of the IEEE since 1985 and a member of the IEEE CSS since 1990. Dr. Bushnell will be recognized for this achievement at the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control in Melbourne, Australia in December. 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She is elevated to Fellow as of January 1, 2017. Bushnell is being recognized for her significant contributions to networked control systems. Professor Tamer Basar, who nominated Bushnell for the IEEE Fellow, is the Swanlund Endowed Chair and Professor at the University of Illinois Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. On why he nominated her, Basar said: 

"Professor Linda  Bushnell was one of the founders of the area of networked control systems. Networked control systems theory is one of the pillars of the cyber-physical systems, which is a tight integration between controls, computing, networking and communications.”  

As Basar noted, Bushnell is one of the first people to establish networked control systems. She received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and an MA in math from UC Berkeley, and both an MS and a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut. She also holds an MBA from the UW Foster School of Business.  In addition to networked control, Bushnell's research interests focus on secure-control. Bushnell is a recipient of the US Army Superior Civilian Service Award, NSF ADVANCE Fellowship and IEEE CSS Recognition Award. She has been a member of the IEEE since 1985 and a member of the IEEE CSS since 1990. She currently is a Member of the IEEE CSS Board of Governors and an IEEE CSS Distinguished Lecturer. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement. It is bestowed by the Board of Directors to professionals who have made remarkable contributions in their field. The number of fellows selected each year is less than 0.1 percent of the total voting membership of the organization. On the honor, Bushnell said: "I am deeply honored to be elevated to IEEE Fellow for my technical contributions to the area of networked control systems. I have been a member of IEEE for over 30 years, working in the field of control systems. I am excited to both push the field forward, especially in the areas of networked control systems and secure-control, and to work with graduate students on fundamental research." [post_title] => Professor Linda Bushnell is UW EE’s 26th IEEE Fellow [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => professor-linda-bushnell-is-uw-ees-26th-ieee-fellow [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-12-12 23:25:21 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-12-13 07:25:21 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.ee.washington.edu/?post_type=spotlight&p=8567 [menu_order] => 103 [post_type] => spotlight [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 6449 [post_author] => 15 [post_date] => 2016-07-26 20:32:09 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-07-26 20:32:09 [post_content] => ScreenShot2016-07-25at4.48.04PMThrough a collaboration with WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering), two pre-engineering students had the opportunity to develop the Wise Walker, a more stable option for walker users. April Opsvig and Zoe Nelson designed the device over a one-month internship, under the guidance of Research Associate Professor Linda Bushnell. PhD student (and TA on the project), Sang Sagong, developed the concept for Wise Walker for his Engineering Innovation in Medicine course this past spring. He designed a device that will serve those in need of walker support through intuitive brakes and speed control and stability. Opsvig and Nelson learned several electrical engineering components, including control feedback, sensors, actuators and testing. Through the use of sensors, they were able to develop a system that is more stable – a significant need for those who rely on a walker. The WiSE UP Summer Bridge Program empowers women interested in science and engineering fields by offering a collaborative and learner-centered environment. In a short amount of time, Ospvig and Nelson were able to develop their engineering skills and create a device that improves quality of life. [post_title] => WiSE Summer Bridge Students Develop Smart, Stable Walker [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => wise-summer-bridge-students-develop-smart-stable-walker [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-09-12 16:38:45 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-09-12 16:38:45 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://hedy.ee.washington.edu/?post_type=spotlight&p=6449 [menu_order] => 138 [post_type] => spotlight [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1402 [post_author] => 15 [post_date] => 2016-01-05 00:47:45 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-01-05 00:47:45 [post_content] => group2_002 A new book coming out in January 2016, titled “Submodularity in Dynamics and Control of Networked Systems,” was authored by two UW EE faculty members and two alums. ProfessorLinda Bushnell, alums Andrew Clark (Ph.D. ‘14) and Basel Alomair (Ph.D. ‘11), and Department Chair Radha Poovendran worked collaboratively on the new publication. The book presents a framework for optimal control of networked systems, which play important roles in government, commercial and consumer applications including energy, transportation, medical and communication systems. In order to enhance the performance of systems and increase security from malicious attacks, the authors propose a new framework for controlling networked systems, which entails designating a subset of input nodes that are controlled directly and are capable of guiding remaining nodes. In all applications, system performance is determined by the choice of nodes that act as inputs, which have provable performance guarantees. This work is the first to apply submodular optimization, where adding an element to an input set has less impact as the size of the set increases, to the control of networked systems. Applications include maintaining stability in power grids, steering gene regulatory networks from unhealthy to healthy states, influencing opinion dynamics in social networks and controlling unmanned vehicles. [post_title] => New Book on Performance, Control and Security of Networked Systems Authored by Faculty and Alums [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => new-book-on-performance-control-and-security-of-networked-systems-authored-by-faculty-and-alums [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-04-22 22:15:34 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-04-22 22:15:34 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://hedy.ee.washington.edu/?post_type=spotlight&p=1402 [menu_order] => 925 [post_type] => spotlight [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 791 [post_author] => 15 [post_date] => 2016-01-20 21:01:10 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-01-20 21:01:10 [post_content] => STARSProgram Smart city leaders from around the world are gathering at UW’s Seattle campus for a two-day workshop called the “NSF Visioning Workshop on Smart and Connected Communities Research and Education” to discuss the future of smart and connected communities on January 13-14, 2016. The UW Department of Electrical Engineering is organizing and hosting the workshop, on behalf of the National Science Foundation, with the goal of facilitating dialogue between stakeholders, including municipalities, states, cities, universities, industry, federal government and private foundations. The concept of creating smart communities is emerging as a way to address a variety of problems facing both busy urban centers and rural communities. By utilizing data analytics, sensors and other technology, the goal is to overcome various challenges, such as power distribution, healthcare, transportation, air quality and access to education, shelter, water and food. “The NSF visioning workshop on smart and connected communities provides an opportunity for stakeholders to talk about these needs and identify challenges and barriers that need to be overcome, both globally and locally,” said EE Chair Radha Poovendran, who is the chair and principal investigator of the NSF visioning workshop. According to a September 2015 statement from President Barack Obama, the White House announced a new “Smart Cities” initiative that will invest more than $160 million in federal research to help communities improve services. “Every community is different, with different needs and different approaches. But communities that are making the most progress on these issues have some things in common. They don't look for a single silver bullet; instead they bring together local government and nonprofits and businesses and teachers and parents around a shared goal,” according to a statement from President Barack Obama. The NSF visioning workshop brings together 50 leaders from around the world, including leading industry representatives from Honeywell and Amazon, to discuss and define a vision for smart and connected communities. Presentations and discussions highlight a variety of smart community topics, such as city planning and management, urban infrastructure and systems, emerging technologies and social, cultural and economic challenges. An international panel will also feature presentations from leaders from the Netherlands, Japan, Barcelona, China, Japan and Taiwan. Local speakers include Seattle's Chief Technology Officer Michael Mattmiller, who will be speaking about data-driven city management, and Leonard Forsman from the Suquamish Tribe, who will discuss the tribal community’s perspective on smart cities development. A leader in emerging smart community technologies, the UW Department of Electrical Engineering has many faculty researching various components of smart communities, from power systems to transportation to the Internet of Things. UW is also well represented by the newUrban@UW collaboration, led by Associate Professor Thaisa Way, from the UW College of Built Environments, who is an active participant in the NSF visioning workshop. On the founding committee of Urban@UW, Bill Howe, who is the Associate Director and Senior Data Science Fellow for the eScience Institute, is also working to develop smart community programs. A binational smart communities agreement was signed in September 2015 by EE Chair Radha Poovendran, UW Dean of Engineering Mike Bragg, UW President Ana Mari Cauce, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) President Zhang Jie, SJTU CSE Department Chair Guo Minyi and SJTU Research Dean Hui Liu. The agreement formalized the commitment of both universities to work together on smart cities research, teaching and collaboration, with the potential to establish an International Joint Research Lab to develop smart cities technology. See Also: [post_title] => Leaders Gather at UW to Define Vision for Smart Communities [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => leaders-gather-at-uw-to-define-vision-for-smart-communities [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-04-22 22:15:51 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-04-22 22:15:51 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://hedy.ee.washington.edu/?post_type=spotlight&p=791 [menu_order] => 928 [post_type] => spotlight [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 761 [post_author] => 15 [post_date] => 2016-03-10 20:37:43 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-03-10 20:37:43 [post_content] => STARSProgram Professors John Sahr and Linda Bushnell were the stars of the show at a recent information session for students in January 2016. The information session was specifically for students enrolled in the Washington STate Academic RedShirt (STARS) in Engineering Program, which supports incoming freshmen who are interested in pursuing an engineering degree and who are from economically and educationally underserved backgrounds. At the information session, Sahr and Bushnell spoke about their experiences working, teaching and conducting research in electrical engineering. Five electrical engineering students also shared their experiences, from academics to research to internships. With engineering programs having among the most challenging curricula, STARS is designed to help students build the necessary skills and support systems to successfully navigate the challenges they encounter while completing an engineering degree. During their first two years of college, participants receive a specialized curriculum designed to prepare them to pursue an engineering major. As part of the program, they are guaranteed acceptance into one of the UW’s 10 engineering programs. Last year, STARS students had a cumulative GPA that was, on average, 0.33 higher than their non-STARS peers. The STARS program, which was founded in 2013, is an initiative led by EE Professor Eve Riskin, Associate Dean of Diversity and Access. A National Science Foundation grant was secured to start the program. [post_title] => EE Professors Share Experiences with STARS Students [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => ee-professors-share-experiences-with-stars-students [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-04-22 22:16:52 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-04-22 22:16:52 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://hedy.ee.washington.edu/?post_type=spotlight&p=761 [menu_order] => 936 [post_type] => spotlight [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [post_count] => 6 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 10722 [post_author] => 12 [post_date] => 2017-06-08 10:19:02 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-06-08 17:19:02 [post_content] => [caption id="attachment_2297" align="alignleft" width="199"] Professor Linda Bushnell[/caption] University of Washington Department of Electrical Engineering Research Associate Professor Linda Bushnell received the 2017 IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) Distinguished Member Award. This top-level award recognizes significant technical contributions and outstanding long-term service to the Control Systems Society. “Linda has made significant contributions to networked control systems and has served the IEEE Control Systems Society tirelessly for many years,” Edwin Chong, president of IEEE CSS and professor at Colorado State University, said. “She currently serves as a member of the CSS Board of Governors, a CSS Distinguished Lecturer, a member of the CSS Women in Control Standing Committee, a member of the CSS Technical Committee on Control Education, a member of the History Committee and the Liaison to IEEE Women in Engineering. We are greatly appreciative of her contributions to research and service to our community.” Earlier this year, Dr. Bushnell was named an IEEE Fellow, the highest grade of membership bestowed to a member. Dr. Bushnell has received numerous other accolades during her career. She is a recipient of the US Army Superior Civilian Service Award, NSF ADVANCE Fellowship and IEEE CSS Recognition Award. She has been a member of the IEEE since 1985 and a member of the IEEE CSS since 1990. Dr. Bushnell will be recognized for this achievement at the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control in Melbourne, Australia in December. 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Representative Publications

  • A. Clark, B. Alomair, L. Bushnell, and R. Poovendran, “Towards Synchronization in Networks with Nonlinear Dynamics: A Submodular Optimization Framework,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 62:10, pp. 1-14 (October 2017); also at arXiv:1411.5797, DOI: 10.1109/TAC.2017.2680739
  • A. Clark, B. Alomair, L. Bushnell, and R. Poovendran, “Input Selection for Performance and Controllability of Structured Linear Descriptor Systems,” SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization 55:1, pp. 457-485 (January 2017); also at arXiv:1412.3868, DOI: 10.1137/140999888.
  • A. Clark, Q. Hou, L. Bushnell, and R. Poovendran, “A Submodular Optimization Approach to Leader-Follower Consensus in Networks with Negative Edges,” American Control Conference, (May 2017).
  • Z. Liu, A. Clark, P. Lee, L. Bushnell, D. Kirschen and R. Poovendran, “A Submodular Optimization Approach to Controlled Islanding under Cascading Failure,” 8th ACM International Conference on Cyber Physical Systems (ICCPS), part of Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) Week (April 2017).
  • Z. Liu, A. Clark, P. Lee, L. Bushnell, D. Kirschen, and R. Poovendran, “MinGen: Minimal Generator Set Selection for Small Signal Stability in Power Systems: A Submodular Framework,” 55th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (Dec 2016).
  • P. Lee, A. Clark, B. Alomair, L. Bushnell, and R. Poovendran, “Distributed Adaptive Patching Strategies Against Malware Propagation: A Passivity Approach,” 55th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (Dec 2016).
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Education

  • M.B.A., 2010
    University of Washington Foster School of Business
  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, 1994
    University of California at Berkeley
  • M.A. Mathematics, 1989
    University of California at Berkeley
  • M.S. Electrical Engineering, 1987
    University of Connecticut
  • B.S. Electrical Engineering, 1985
    University of Connecticut