Kalyanmoy Deb, a BEACON Researcher and the Koenig Endowed Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan State University, received an Honorary Doctoral Degree from the Faculty of Information Technology at the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland on August 24, 2013. Prof. Deb received this recognition along with 14 other honorary degree recipients, including the President of Finland, Mr. Sauli Niinisto (Sport and Health Sciences) and three other professors from the USA: Prof. Kristine Munoz from the University of Iowa (Humanities), Prof. Thomas McKenzie, San Diego State University (Sports and Health Sciences) and Prof. Michael Lambert, Brigham Young University (Social Sciences).
The University of Jyvaskyla organizes the degree ceremony once every five years. The ceremony this year was special, as it marked the 150-year jubilee of the University of Jyvaskyla. The ceremony lasted for two and a half days, with a very formal ceremony mostly spoken in Latin, and followed a 350-year old conferment tradition, a walk-in procession from Jyvaskyla city center to a local church, a gala dinner with traditional folk dancing, and ended with a boat ride on a bright sunny day to an island for traditional Finnish food and music. During the ceremony, 179 PhD students and 230 master’s degree students received their respective degrees.
Prof. Deb has had a long-term association with the University of Jyvaskyla since 1999. He collaborates with the Faculty of Information Technology on various projects in the area of multi-criterion optimization and decision making, delivering short courses to their international summer school courses, and co-supervising PhD students.
More about Prof. Deb’s research interests can be found at http://www.egr.msu.edu/~kdeb. Prof. Deb and BEACON Director Erik Goodman won the prestigious Wiley Practice Prize (with Oliver Chikumbo of New Zealand) from the International Society on Multi-Criterion Decision Making in June 2013.