Professor Papanikolopoulos Awarded Prestigious McKnight Professorship
Department of Computer Science and Engineering Professor Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos has been awarded the prestigious McKnight Presidential Professorship by University President Eric Kaler. The professorship is among the highest honors for faculty at the University. Professor Papanikolopoulos, who serves as the Director of the Center for Distributed Robotics, is the first professor from CS&E and fourth from the College of Science and Engineering to receive this honor.
The award recognizes the critical importance of the University’s most distinguished faculty, with an aim to help the University recruit and retain the very best professors and world-class scholars who bring special distinction to the University of Minnesota.
Recipients of the award are recommended by their college dean and chosen at the discretion of the president, in part, on their academic and research accomplishments and their contributions to advancing the University among their peers. Along with the professorship, Professor Papanikolopoulos will receive annual funding to support his research and strategic programmatic initiatives. The award is made possible by a $15 million gift to the University from the McKnight Foundation.
Professor Papanikolopoulos joins 21 other prominent U of M scholars whose names have been engraved on a monument that lines the Scholars Walk. Please join CS&E in sending our sincerest congratulations to Professor Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos.