Dr. Donald Wunsch, the Mary K. Finley Missouri Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Missouri-Rolla, was recently elected a Fellow of the International Neural Networks Society (INNS). He also accepted the Senior Fellow position and will serve as INNS College of Fellows’ chair.
Wunsch has been active in the society for 20 years. He has played a part in reshaping the annual meeting, increasing membership and reorganizing its leadership structure. Wunsch has also contributed research in the area of optical neural networks, approximate dynamic programming, accelerating computationally complex optimization problems, time-series prediction and clustering.
This is the second society to honor Wunsch with Fellow status. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) selected him as a Fellow in 2005.
Wunsch is the co-author of “Clustering,” a book that will be published by IEEE Press / Wiley next year.
Wunsch worked for Boeing as a senior principal scientist and also held positions at Rockwell International and International Laser Systems. He served as an associate professor of electrical engineering and director of the Applied Computational Intelligence Laboratory at Texas Tech University before joining UMR in 1999. He has produced 12 Ph.D. graduates to date.
Wunsch earned a bachelor of science degree in applied mathematics from the University of New Mexico in 1984 before obtaining a master of science degree in applied mathematics from the University of Washington in 1987. He received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Washington in 1991.