Fragkos Receives IEEE Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Fragkos Receives IEEE Outstanding Graduate Student Award

ECE PhD student Georgios Fragkos has been awarded the Albuquerque Section IEEE 2020 Outstanding Graduate Engineering Student Award for outstanding academic performance in the field of computing and communications.

Fragkos performs research in the PROTON Lab with his advisor Prof. Eirini Eleni Tsiropoulou. "PROTON" stands for "Performance and Resource Optimization in Networks Lab."

The PROTON Lab focuses on multidisciplinary research relating to national security and societal needs, such as modeling, design, optimization, and performance of large-scale interdependent multi-agent systems with applications of artificial intelligence, reinforcement learning, and game theory. These systems include public safety networks and systems, 5G networks and beyond, cyber-physical systems, and smart cities.

"I am very proud of George’s achievements and the quality of his publications and experimental results in PROTON Lab!” said Tsiropoulou.

Fragkos has authored several papers on topics such as multi-access edge computing, distributed decision making, artificial intelligence, and blockchain. In spring 2020 was selected as the outstanding graduate student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research is supported by Professor Tsiropoulou’s funded project, “NSF CRII: NeTS: Real-life modeling for EFficient RESource management in Heterogeneous multi-user systems – REFRESH” (#1849739).

While at UNM, he has been involved in IEEE and IEEE HKN and is a member of the Electrical Engineering Students’ European Association. In August, he will begin an internship at Sandia National Laboratories in the renewable and distributed systems integration department focusing on PV cybersecurity standards research and development.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the in-person award ceremony for 2020 has been canceled. Fragkos will be presented with his award sometime this summer and is invited to attend the awards ceremony in May 2021, where he will be recognized as a 2020 awardee.

Tsiropoulou's pride for the PROTON Lab doesn't stop with Fragkos.

“I am very proud of the achievements of all the PROTON Lab’s students," Tsiropoulou said. "The team spirit developed among the whole group has culminated in a productive research environment and resulted in amazing achievements."