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Marcus, Steve

Marcus, Steve

Professor Emeritus
Former Director, Institute for Systems Research
Former Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering
The Institute for Systems Research
2219 A.V. Williams Bldg.

Steve Marcus received his Ph.D. and S.M. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975 and 1972, respectively. He received a B.A. from Rice University in 1971. From 1975 to 1991, he was with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was the L.B. (Preach) Meaders Professor in Engineering. He was associate chair of the Department from 1984-89.

In 1991, he joined the University of Maryland, where he was director of the Institute for Systems Research until 1996. He is currently a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and the Institute for Systems Research. He also served as the chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

Honors and awards

Poole & Kent Teaching Award, 2013

Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award, University of Maryland, 2000-2001

Outstanding Systems Engineering Faculty Award, Institute for Systems Research, University of Maryland, 1998

IEEE Fellow, 1986

NSF Research Initiation Award

Editor-in-Chief, SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, 2000-2005

Corresponding Editor, SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, 1991-1999, 2006-2008

Associate Editor, SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, 1990-91

Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Acta Applicandae Mathematicae: An International Journal on Applying Mathematics and Mathematical Applications, 1983-2007

Associate Editor, Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems, 1987-2002

Associate Editor, IEEE Trans. Information Theory, 1990-1992

Associate Editor, Discrete Event Dynamic Systems: Theory and Applications, 1990-2001

Associate Editor, IEEE Trans. Automatic Control, 1980-81



Control and systems engineering, analysis and control of stochastic systems, Markov decision processes, stochastic and adaptive control, learning, fault detection, and discrete event systems, with applications in manufacturing and communication networks

Alumnus Stefano Coraluppi elected IEEE Fellow

Coraluppi elevated "for contributions to multi-sensor, multi-target tracking."

Fu, Marcus team for new AFOSR project on simulation optimization

Simulation optimization aims to guide planning and decision making under uncertainty in complex dynamic settings.

AlphaGo family of AI programs grew from AMS simulation-based algorithms developed at UMD

New review article by original author Michael Fu traces game-playing AI programs to seminal 2005 paper in Operations Research.

Maryland researchers awarded $1M DARPA Lagrange program cooperative agreement

Marcus, Fu, Simon and Babadi will build a scalable, risk-sensitive and real time optimization framework tailored to noninvasive neuroimaging data from the human brain.

More than 175 attend national Denice Denton Emerging Leaders Workshop

Faculty development workshop helped mid-career STEM academics develop knowledge, skills, strategies and critical networks.

Ulukus Named 2016-2017 Distinguished Scholar-Teacher by University of Maryland

The Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Program honors members of UMD faculty who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievements along with equally outstanding accomplishments as teachers.

Maryland research contributes to Google’s AlphaGo AI system

Chang, Fu, Hu and Marcus developed ideas at the core of the system that defeated Go master Lee Se-Dol in early March.

Clark School Celebrates Students, Honors Alumni and Faculty at Spring 2013 Commencement

More than 860 engineering students received diplomas at May 20 ceremony.

Marcus Selected as Poole and Kent Senior Faculty Teaching Award Recipient

Director of Faculty Leadership and Professor Steve Marcus recognized as educator, mentor, researcher.

Marcus Becomes First UMD Director of Faculty Leadership

Former ISR director and chair of ECE to create a stronger sense of community and quality of life for faculty.

Cleaveland, Marcus Part of $10M NSF Grant

Project focuses on model checking, abstract interpretation for embedded control, systems biology.

Dean's Doctoral Research Award Winners Announced

Shenqiang Ren (materials science and engineering) takes first place and $1,500 prize.

O’Shea to Head Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

Professor Patrick O’Shea has been named the new chair of the Clark School’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE).

Clark School Accomplishments Spring 2002

A list of Clark school accomplishments for Spring 2002

ECE dedicates four labs sponsored by BAE SYSTEMS.

On Tuesday, May 29, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering dedicated four state-of-the-art laboratories for research and education in computer engineering.

Other professional society fellows

  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Fellow, 2009

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

  • Fellow, 1986