The Mohammed Dahleh Distinguished Lecturer Award


About the Award

The Mohammed Dahleh lectureship was created to honor the memory, innovative spirit and contributions of the late UCSB Professor Mohammed Dahleh to the scientific community in general and UCSB in particular. Awardees are selected based on their pioneering work, extraordinary accomplishments, and promise for exceptional contributions. Winners of the Mohammed Dahleh Award are invited to deliver the Mohammed Dahleh Distinguished Lecture at UCSB. The lectureship and the accompanying award is made possibly by the generous support of friends and relatives of Professor Dahleh, with the strong support of the UCSB College of Engineering.

Award Recipients


2014   Mariel Vazquez (San Francisco State University) 

DNA Unknotting and Unlinking

2013   Jeff Shamma (Georgia Tech)

From Distributed Control Systems to Game Theory: There and Back Again

2012   Richard Baraniuk (Rice University)

Compressive Signal Processing 

2011   Daron Acemoglu (MIT)

Cascades in Networks and Aggregate Volatility 

2010   Stephen Quake (Stanford University)

Precision Measurement in Biology 

2009   Iain Couzin (Princeton University)

Flocks, Schools, Swarms and Crowds: Collective Behavior in Humans and Animals 

2008   Chaitan Khosla (Stanford University)

Celiac Sprue: Fundamental and Translational Investigations into an Orphan Disease 

2007   Adam Arkin (UC Berkeley)

Deconstructing Control in Cellular Networks

2006   Atac Imamoglu (ETH, Zurich)

Quantum Dots: Artificial Atoms and Beyond 

2005   Naomi Ehrich Leonard (Princeton University)

Foraging by Design: Schools of Self-Guided Robotic Gliders Explore the Ocean

2004   Arun Majumdar (UC Berkeley)

Transport and Mechanics in Hard and Soft Nanomaterials 

2003   Hideo Mabuchi (Caltech)

Identification and Control in Quantum Optics



























































For abstracts and bios of the above, click here



Nominations are sought from the UCSB community for candidates to receive the next Mohammed Dahleh Award. Candidates mush be mid-career researchers in any area of science or engineering who have shown extraordinary originality, and who show promise for significant future advances based on a demonstrated record of exceptional accomplishments. Persons with UCSB appointments are not eligible for the award.

Nominations should include a written nomination letter describing the qualifications of the candidate along with the candidate's CV. The nomination packet should be sent to the Selection Committe Chair:

Prof. Bassam Bamieh
Department of Mechanical Engineering (

Nominations must be received by mid-November. Nominations are evaluated by an independent Selection Committee composed of UCSB faculty from the College of Engineering and the College of Letters and Science. The winner is announced in early December.


Support & Giving


The award and the lectureres' campus visits have been supported by the generous contributors to the MD Education Fund. Contributions to this fund can be sent to Jan Adelson, College of Engineering, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5130. Checks should be payable to the UCSB Foundation.

Contributions can also be made online at this link


Mohammed Dahleh About Mohammed Dahleh

Mohammed Dahleh was a professor of Mechanical and Environmental Engineering and the research director of the Center for Control Engineering and Computation at UCSB. Under his leadership, the CCEC became a focal point for technological innovations. Professor Dahleh was an internationally recognized authority in the field of dynamical systems and control theory. His ground breaking research contributions reflected his wide-ranging interdisciplinary interests, spanning several areas of science, engineering, and applied mathematics. Today, the many research directions pioneered by Professor Dahleh continue to be followed by a growing number of researchers and to form the starting point for new discoveries and technological advancements. Mohammed Dahleh died in July of 2000 at the age of 39. Further biographical details on the life and work of Mohammed Dahleh can be found here.