CAVS leader earns major engineering profession recognition

Contact: Erin Boozer


STARKVILLE, Miss.--A longtime Mississippi State engineering administrator is receiving the highest membership honor of a leading international organization.

Roger L. King formally will be designated later this month as a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

A member of the university faculty since 1988, King directs the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, a major interdisciplinary research unit of the Bagley College of Engineering.

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King, a University of Wales doctoral graduate, is among a select MSU faculty group holding the title of William L. Giles Distinguished Professor, the land-grant institution's highest academic rank.

In IEEE, the rank of Fellow recognizes members who have made a significant impact to their respective fields. Less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the total membership earns the honor each year.

"We are truly delighted and proud about the many world-class accomplishments of Dr. King," said Achille Messac, Bagley College dean.

King's latest recognition is based, in part, on his contributions to power systems data analytics to improve grid reliability. He also has made significant technical contributions in other areas of data analytics and information semantics throughout his long career.

Most recently at CAVS, King led in developing research activities that focus on vehicle weight reduction, improved crashworthiness, crash avoidance, new power-generation, and autonomous vehicle control, as well as advances in improved diagnostics, manufacturing, and human-interface and computational design technologies.

In addition to holding four patents, he is the author of more than 200 published works relating to his research areas.

Earlier this year, King was named to the international advisory board of the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology--KITECH, for short--where he has opportunities to implement joint projects that further CAVS research programs.

Prior to leading CAVS, he was associate dean and coordinator of the Bagley College's international programs. Other MSU administrative roles have included chief engineer of the Remote Sensing Technologies Center and associate director of research for the GeoResources Institute.

In addition to the Giles Distinguished Professor designation, King's other major campus honors include a Bagley College Career Achievement Award and a campus-wide Ralph E. Powe Research Award. Additionally, he holds the title of honorary professor at Cardiff (Wales) University.

Prior to completing his doctorate in the United Kingdom, King received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from West Virginia University and a master's from the University of Pittsburgh.

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