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Marcus, Steve

Marcus, Steve

Former Director, Institute for Systems Research
Former Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering
The Institute for Systems Research
2219 A.V. Williams Bldg.

Steve Marcus received his Ph.D. and S.M. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975 and 1972, respectively. He received a B.A. from Rice University in 1971. From 1975 to 1991, he was with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was the L.B. (Preach) Meaders Professor in Engineering. He was associate chair of the Department from 1984-89.

In 1991, he joined the University of Maryland, where he was director of the Institute for Systems Research until 1996. He is currently a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and the Institute for Systems Research. He also served as the chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

Honors and awards

Poole & Kent Teaching Award, 2013

Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award, University of Maryland, 2000-2001

Outstanding Systems Engineering Faculty Award, Institute for Systems Research, University of Maryland, 1998

IEEE Fellow, 1986

NSF Research Initiation Award

Editor-in-Chief, SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, 2000-2005

Corresponding Editor, SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, 1991-1999, 2006-2008

Associate Editor, SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, 1990-91

Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Acta Applicandae Mathematicae: An International Journal on Applying Mathematics and Mathematical Applications, 1983-2007

Associate Editor, Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems, 1987-2002

Associate Editor, IEEE Trans. Information Theory, 1990-1992

Associate Editor, Discrete Event Dynamic Systems: Theory and Applications, 1990-2001

Associate Editor, IEEE Trans. Automatic Control, 1980-81



Control and systems engineering, analysis and control of stochastic systems, Markov decision processes, stochastic and adaptive control, learning, fault detection, and discrete event systems, with applications in manufacturing and communication networks

Murphy Named 2020-2021 Distinguished Scholar-Teacher by the University of Maryland

The Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Program honors members of UMD faculty who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievements along with equally outstanding accomplishments as teachers.

Alumnus Kevin Galloway earns tenure at the U.S. Naval Academy

Galloway is a 2001 EE Ph.D., advised by Professor P.S. Krishnaprasad (ECE/ISR).

ECE Names 2019-2020 Distinguished Dissertation Fellows

Das, Demertziz, Nguyen, and Zou have been selected as ECE Distinguished Dissertation Fellows for 2019-20.

AlphaGo family of AI programs grew from AMS simulation-based algorithms developed at UMD

New review article by original author Michael Fu traces game-playing AI programs to seminal 2005 paper in Operations Research.

Five recipients of ISR Graduate Student Travel Award announced

Eight graduate students have received funding through the award since 2017.

Maryland researchers awarded $1M DARPA Lagrange program cooperative agreement

Marcus, Fu, Simon and Babadi will build a scalable, risk-sensitive and real time optimization framework tailored to noninvasive neuroimaging data from the human brain.

Three ISR graduate students win new travel award

Bhaskar Ramasubramian, Hossein Salami, and Sayyed Sina Miran will receive funding to help defray the cost of presenting their research at a professional conference.

More than 175 attend national Denice Denton Emerging Leaders Workshop

Faculty development workshop helped mid-career STEM academics develop knowledge, skills, strategies and critical networks.

Ulukus Named 2016-2017 Distinguished Scholar-Teacher by University of Maryland

The Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Program honors members of UMD faculty who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievements along with equally outstanding accomplishments as teachers.

Maryland research contributes to Google’s AlphaGo AI system

Chang, Fu, Hu and Marcus developed ideas at the core of the system that defeated Go master Lee Se-Dol in early March.

Other professional society fellows

  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Fellow, 2009

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

  • Fellow, 1986