Susan Hackwood

Susan Hackwood Ph.D.

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Former Dean, Bourns College of Engineering

Ph.D. DeMontfort University, UK, Solid State Ionics, 1979

Research Areas

Controls and Robotics, Intelligent Systems

Contact Information

Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Professor Susan Hackwood is currently Executive Director of the California Council on Science and Technology. CCST is a non-profit corporation sponsored by the key academic institutions in the State. The Council operates as an independent 30-member assembly of corporate CEOs, academicians, scientists and scholars of the highest distinction. Modeled after the National Research Council, CCST is a unique State Institution that is governed by a 10 member Board of Directors composed of representatives of the sponsoring academic institutions.

She received a B.Sc. (with Honors) in 1976 in Combined Science and a Ph.D. in Solid State Ionics in 1979 from DeMontfort University, UK. In 1979 she received the Royal Society Ambassador of Science Award and was invited as Visiting Researcher at UC Berkeley and Chalmers Institute of Technology. From 1980 to 1984, Dr. Hackwood was a member of the technical staff at AT&T, Bell Laboratories. From 1983 to 1984, Dr. Hackwood was Department Head of Device Robotics Technology Research. In 1985, she received the AT&T Bell Laboratories Award for Technology Transfer. In 1984, she joined the University of California, Santa Barbara as Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. At UCSB, she was founder and Co-Director of the Center for Robotic Systems in Microelectronics.

In 1990, Dr. Hackwood became the founding Dean of the Bourns College of Engineering at the University of California, Riverside. At Riverside, she has overseen the development of all research and teaching aspects of five degree programs. She is a Fellow of the IEEE. In 1993, Dr. Hackwood received a Doctorate in Engineering (Honoris Causa) from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Doctorate of Science (Honoris Causa) from her Alma Mater, DeMontfort University, UK. She is currently Adjunct Professor of Applied Sciences at DeMontfort University.

Dr. Hackwood's current research interests include multimedia technologies, distributed asynchronous signal processing, cellular robot systems, computer vision, 3D modeling and image processing. In addition to over 100 technical publications and 7 patents, Dr. Hackwood is co-editor and co-founder of the Journal of Robotic Systems.

Dr. Hackwood is an active participant in regional and state economic partnerships. She was initiator of the California Manufacturing Extension Program, the Center for Environmental Research and Technology and the Consortium for Crime Control and Public Safety Technology. In 1996, Governor Wilson appointed her to the California Information Technology Commission. Dr. Hackwood was recently recognized and awarded the 1998 Inland Valley ATHENA Award for professional accomplishment, community service and mentorship of women.


2003 Distinguished Service Award, Center for Environmental Engineering Research, UCR

2000 Inland Empire Women of Distinction Award for Innovation

1999 "Women Who Make a Difference Award", UCR Chancellor's Committee on Status of Women

1998 National Athena Award for professional achievement, community service, and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence

1998 Fellow AAAS, Engineering Delegate 2000-2002

1998 Fellow IEEE

1993 Doctorate of Science (Honoris Causa), DeMontfort University, UK

1993 Doctorate in Engineering (Honoris Causa), Worcester Polytechnic Institute

1984 Recipient of AT&T Bell Laboratories Award for Technology Transfer

1978 Recipient of British Council Award for Ambassador of Science