Nicola Elia Elevated to IEEE Fellow


LIDS alum Dr. Nicola Elia (LIDS/MIT, PhD 1996) is elevated to a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in January 2019 for his contributions to networked control systems.

The IEEE is the world’s leading professional association for advancing technology for humanity. Through its 400,000 plus members in 160 countries, the association is a leading authority on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics. The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one- percent of the total voting membership. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.


Dr. Nicola Elia is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, after spending most of his academic career at Iowa State University. He is well known for his work with power systems and is the author of seminal papers on quantized and networked control systems. His first paper on quantization was written during his postdoc at LIDS, in collaboration with Prof. Sanjoy K. Mitter. Dr. Elia received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2001. His research interests focus on various topics in decision and control systems, including multi-objective controller design, control with communication constraints, networked control systems.