CSU professor tapped to lead NSF Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems

Studio portrait of Tony Maciejewski
Tony Maciejewski, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the NSF’s Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems

The National Science Foundation, or NSF, has selected Colorado State University Professor Tony Maciejewski to serve as director for the Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems, the foundation announced today.

Maciejewski teaches and conducts research in controls and robotics in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, where he previously served four terms as department head.

As division director, Maciejewski will play a central role in facilitating transformative research to drive innovation and solve complex social, economic and environmental problems. He begins his term with the NSF today.

Maciejewski will keep his faculty appointment with CSU. His new role, commonly called a rotator position, will allow him to serve a temporary term with the NSF – typically around two years – while maintaining his research program.

“This appointment underscores Tony’s commitment to the future of our profession,” said Professor Edwin Chong, head of the ECE department. “We are proud of Tony’s accomplishments and the recognition he brings to CSU. He is well-positioned for success in this role of national importance.”

Maciejewski brings to the position decades of experience as a leader and scholar. As former department head, he led the ECE department in securing a Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED) grant from the National Science Foundation. The project garnered multiple honors, including Public Sector Project of the Year from the National Society of Professional Engineers – Colorado Chapter and Innovative Program of the Year from the ECE Department Heads Association, or ECEDHA.

Maciejewski is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association. He served as president of ECEDHA in 2018-2019, and he is a recipient of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Distinguished Service Award. His current research aims to create highly dexterous robots capable of performing complex tasks to benefit humanity, from surgical assistance to elder care to hazardous waste remediation.

Prior to joining CSU in 2001, Maciejewski was a professor at Purdue University.