Necmiye Ozay, who joined the university in 2013, is a world leader in the field of feedback control engineering for dynamical systems. An innovative engineer, she has developed novel techniques to model, design and test cyber-physical systems.
Her research has produced what has been called an epistemic breakthrough for the development of highly complex cyber-physical systems required for autonomous vehicles, swarms of mobile search-and-rescue robots, smart cities and other smart systems that can reliably operate on a massive scale.
Ozay has also made a major breakthrough in cybersecurity, creating a highly novel approach for detecting attacks on cyber-physical systems that greatly exceeds previous results in detection.
Her awards include the 2014 Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Young Faculty Award and the National Science Foundation Early Career Development Program Award.
Ozay earned the College of Engineering’s 1938E Award in recognition of her excellence as an outstanding teacher in elementary and advanced courses, as an understanding counselor of students who seek guidance in their choice of a career, as a contributor to the educational growth of the college, and as a teacher whose scholarly integrity pervades her service and is a tribute to the engineering profession.
The University of Michigan Henry Russel Award was established in 1925, and is considered the University’s highest honor for faculty at the early to mid-career stages of their career. It is conferred annually to faculty members who have demonstrated an extraordinary record of accomplishment in scholarly research and/or creativity, as well as an excellent record of contributions as a teacher.