Elisabeth Paté-Cornell awarded IEEE Simon Ramo Medal

ELISABETH PATÉ-CORNELL, the Burt and Deedee McMurtry Professor in the School of Engineering and professor of management science and engineering, has been awarded the 2021 IEEE Simon Ramo Medal.

Elisabeth Paté-Cornell

The $20,000 prize is granted by IEEE, the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology, and recognizes individuals for their “exceptional achievement in systems engineering and systems science.”

Paté-Cornell’s research has focused on the optimization of warning systems and the explicit inclusion of human and organizational factors in the analysis of systems’ failure risks. On its awards website, IEEE commended Paté-Cornell for her “sustained leadership in developing theory and applications of probability risk analysis for the design and evaluation of complex engineering systems.”

Her recent work is on the use of game theory in risk analysis with applications that have included counterterrorism, nuclear counterproliferation problems and cybersecurity.

She supervises a team of graduate students, including members of the U.S. Army, that is focused on applying artificial intelligence to the cybersecurity of U.S. complex systems that could be targeted by the nation’s competitors or adversaries. She is also a member of the NASA Advisory Council and a co-chair on a National Academies committee on methods to approach the risks of accidents from nuclear weapons.

Paté-Cornell said she was “tremendously honored” to receive the prize. “The IEEE recognition of my work in systems engineering and science has been tremendously important in the recognition and use of that work, in industry, government and academia,” she added.