ECE Alumnus Paul Hershey Named 2021 IEEE Fellow

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The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has elevated alumnus Paul Hershey (EE M.S. ‘84, EE Ph.D. ’94) to the rank of Fellow. He is being recognized for “application of data analytics to assist human decision-making.”

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.

Hershey is presently in his 16th year with Raytheon Technologies in Dulles, Virginia, where he is a Principal Engineering Fellow focusing on modeling and simulation, data analytics, autonomous systems, and cyber security. He is the technical director for a key government contract, as well as the principal investigator for a major research and development project for Raytheon. In 2008, Hershey was promoted to the position of Engineering Fellow at Raytheon for distinguished technical achievements and expertise in the application of advanced technologies. Prior to his promotion, Dr. Hershey had served as a Chief Engineer within Raytheon's Intelligence and Information Systems (IIS) division.

Hershey also serves on technical program committees for the IEEE International Systems Conference and the IEEE International System of Systems Engineering Conference, and he is a Distinguished Lecturer on data analytics for the IEEE Systems Council. He has published 39 patents (granted) and over 60 peer-reviewed technical articles. 

While at Maryland, Hershey was advised by Electrical and Computer Engineering Associate Professor Emeritus Charles Silio. Before earning his Ph.D. in 1994, he earned his M.S. at Maryland through the Fairchild Scholars Program, which allowed employees of Fairchild to work 20 hours/week and to spend 20 hours/week on campus.

Published January 6, 2021