Biography
Stephen Yurkovich is a Fellow of the IEEE, and holds the Louis Beecherl Jr. Distinguished Chair in Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he is also Program Head of Systems Engineering. Until early 2011, he held a joint appointment as Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering, at The Ohio State University, where he was also Director of the Honda-OSU Partnership Program in which he oversaw endowments of over $40M. Also at Ohio State, he served as Acting Director of the Center for Automotive Research in 2007. In 2008 he was awarded the prestigious John R. Ragazzini Award in Control Education of the American Automatic Control Council (AACC). In 2000 he was awarded the IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) Distinguished Member Award, and an IEEE Third Millennium Medal. His research has focused on the theory and applications of control systems, in numerous application areas. He has been an author on approximately 200 technical publications in journals, edited volumes, and conference proceedings. He has authored and co-authored the books Control Laboratory (1992, Kendall/Hunt), Fuzzy Control (1998, Addison- Wesley-Longman), and Control Systems Laboratory (Simon & Schuester, 1998). Professor Yurkovich was very active in founding and developing numerous educational activities of the Center for Automotive Research at Ohio State, through the development of graduate programs in automotive systems and continuing education for control engineers in the automotive industry.

Professor Yurkovich has been a Plenary speaker at several international conference events in the US, Europe, and Asia. He has also been involved with technical conference organization activities, including: Co-General Chair of the 2005 Joint CDC/ECC in Seville; General Chair, American Control Conference (IEEE sponsored event, 1999); Technical Program Chair, American Control Conference (IEEE sponsored event, 1997); General Chair, IEEE International Conference on Control Applications (Sept. 1996). Professor Yurkovich

In addition to the educational and research related activities noted above, Professor Yurkovich has provided extensive service to the IEEE, at the Institute level as well as within the Control Systems Society, including: Chair, IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB) Periodicals Review Committee, 2006-9, 2002- 2003 (member, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2010-present); Member Strategic Planning Committee, IEEE Publication Products and Services (PSPB) board, 2011; PSPB Member at Large (elected), 2004-2006, second term 2007-2009; Member, IEEE TAB Periodicals Committee, 2006-present, 1999-2003; Member, IEEE Joint TAB/PSPB Products and Services Committee, 2005; Member, IEEE TAB Management Committee, 2001; Chair, IEEE TAB Newsletters Committee, 2000-2001, 2010-present; President, IEEE Control Systems Society, 1999 (service included the TAB Periodicals Committee and the Ad Hoc Committee on the TAB New Financial Model); President-Elect, IEEE CSS, 1998; Vice President for Financial Activities, IEEE CSS, 1997; Vice President for Publication Activities, IEEE CSS, 1995-96; Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Control Systems Magazine, 1993-1998.

Professor Yurkovich lives in Plano, Texas, with his wife, Patricia. His son Benjamin received two engineering degrees from The Ohio State University (BS in Computer Science and MS in Mechanical Engineering), served as Chief Technical Officer of Plug Smart, an energy systems company in Columbus Ohio in which he is part owner, from 2009-2011, and now does private consulting in energy technology and embedded systems. His other son James is in Electrical Engineering and pre-med at the University of Notre Dame (moving into his third year).