Ph.D. graduate finishes academic career with medal medley

When Anestis Dounavis receives his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering this weekend, it wouldn’t be surprising if he experienced a bout of déjà-vu.

Dounavis will be receiving the University Medal for Outstanding Graduate Work, the same medal he received when he graduated with his master’s degree from Carleton.

“I was really lucky,” says Dounavis. “I had a good supervisor who has a habit of producing medal winners.” For both his master’s and doctoral theses, Dounavis worked under the supervision of Chancellor’s Professor in the Department of Electronics, Michel Nakhla.

“I first came to Carleton because of the funding, but what made me stay, was my supervisor,” says Dounavis.

This year, Dounavis was also recognized with the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI) Student Researcher of the Year Award. Dounavis’ research deals with the development of computer-aided design algorithms for the simulation and optimization of high-speed circuits and interconnects, some of which have been adopted and used by IBM.

In regards to his multiple award-winning year, Dounavis says he wasn’t expecting anything. “But there’s a rippling effect,” he says, explaining how one award win can help launch a person into further competitions.

Having completed his Ph.D., Dounavis has accepted a position as an assistant professor at the University of Western Ontario, and hopes to continue his research there.

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