The 2012 Distinguished Research Professor Award recognizes Dr. Keqin Gu for his contributions to the engineering field of control systems, particularly on the topic of time delay systems. In the course of his career, Dr. Gu has not only made consistent contributions to the theory of control and, especially systems with time delay, he has earned an international reputation as one of the top experts in the stability of time delay systems. Time delay systems theory, while rooted in engineering, has many applications, including communication networks, manufacturing systems, biology, and economic systems. Not long after his promotion to Professor in 2002, Dr. Gu published the monograph "Stability of Time Delay Systems" that has since been a primary reference and regularly cited by others. He is further known for a method called "Gu's Discretization," a theory that led one colleague at Telaviv University to rank Dr. Gu "among the top five scientists in the time delay area."
In the years since his promotion to Professor, Dr. Gu has maintained a consistent and effective voice in his field. Since promotion, Dr. Gu has published one monograph, one edited volume, eight book chapters, four book reviews, 20 journal papers, and 23 conference papers. He was invited to write a survey paper by the guest editor in a special issue for the ASME Journal of Dynamical Systems, Measurement and Control, and organized workshops and served as a guest editor on special issues on this topic. Dr. Gu's reputation has earned him key editorial positions in two prestigious journals in control systems. He has been an invited keynote or plenary speaker and has served on the program committee for several national and international conferences.
Dr. Gu's reputation also precedes him as a modest but highly respected colleague. As Dean Hasan Sevim of the School of Engineering writes, "Keqin is one of the most collegial people at SIUE. The modesty he exhibits is typical of those scholars who thoroughly enjoy their occupations and do not seek recognition other than the pure joy of observing that others use their contributions in the field of study…. I find Keqin well-qualified and deserving [of the Distinguished Research Professor Award], not only for his excellence in scholarship, but also for his teaching, service, collegiality, and overall intellectual capacity."
It is with great pleasure that we congratulate Dr. Keqin Gu, 2012 Distinguished Research Professor of Mechanical Engineering.