May 7, 2019

A Serbian Scientist is the First Woman to Head the Prestigious Tandon Technical College in New York

In August 2018, Belgrade-born Jelena Kovacevic broke the 164-year-long tradition when she became the first female dean of the Tandon Technical College at New York University.

NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering is the second-oldest private college in the field of technical sciences, with over 160 years of history. It has produced some of the most prominent figures in the field as well as the winners of the most prestigious awards in technical sciences.

Jelena’s professional success piqued interest in her personal life too—recently the New York Times devoted an article to her profile.

Jelena started her education in Serbia where she graduated from the elite Mathematical Grammar School. Then, after attending her five-year-long undergraduate studies at the University of Belgrade’s renowned School of Electrical Engineering, she went to America, where she continued her postgraduate studies. She got her PhD in electrical engineering at the University of Columbia.

She began her business career at Bell Labs in Marie Hill, New York, and afterward started her teaching career as an associate professor in Columbia.  Later, she started working as a professor in biomedical engineering and head of the department of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University

For 30 years, Jelena has been involved in signal processing, biomedical engineering and data science, and has authored several books, including Wavelets and Subband Coding and Signal Processing Basics (Signal Processing Foundations).

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