Shwetak Patel Honored With MacArthur "Genius" Grant
EE and CSE Professor Shwetak Patel is one of 22 honorees named as a 2011 MacArthur Fellow today. The five-year, $500,000 grant was awarded for "inventing low-cost, easy-to-deploy sensor systems that leverage existing infrastructures to enable users to track household energy consumption and to make the buildings we live in more responsive to our needs."
MacArthur Fellowships are awarded to "individuals who show exceptional creativity in their work and the prospect for still more in the future." Selection criteria include exceptional creativity, a track record of significant achievement, and showing promise for important future advances. Fellowships are given without specific reporting requirements or obligations with the intent of encouraging awardees to pursue their most innovative ideas without restriction.