Mostafa Kaveh

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Mostafa Kaveh

Mos received his B.S. and PhD degrees from Purdue University in 1969 and 1974, respectively, and his M.S. degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1970. He held a post-doctoral position at Purdue, January-August 1975. He has been a faculty member in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota since 1975, where he has held the Centennial Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering (2002-2014), and from 1990 to May 2005 was the Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. From March 2005 until January 2018 he served as the Associate Dean for Research and Planning, and from 2018 until January 2022 as the Dean of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Kaveh was a design engineer at Scala Radio Corp., San Leandro, CA, 1970, and has consulted for industry, including the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, 3M, and Honeywell. Kaveh’s research contributions have spanned areas of statistical signal and image processing, biomedical ultrasound imaging, sensor array signal processing and wireless communications. He has mentored 33 PhD, 35 M.S., and 22 senior honors students.


Mos' research is primarily in the areas of statistical signal processing, communications, and image processing. He and his students are especially interested in problems of wireless communications using multiple antennas, sensor array signal processing, image enhancement and restoration. Their research in image processing has concerned the development of image restoration and enhancement algorithms that are based on special partial differential equations. They have also been interested in medical image processing, particularly in the area of image reconstruction and tomography.

CSE dean

During Dr. Kaveh’s headship, the ECE department at the University of Minnesota grew 25% in faculty size to 50 professors with significant increase in sponsored research and departmental endowments. As the associate dean for research and planning, Dr. Kaveh oversaw the college’s research enterprise and compliance, and operational budget and capital resources. As dean of the college, he led an expansion of the college’s enrollment, diversity, capital infrastructure and successful completion of the college’s capital campaign. In addition, since 2014 he has been serving as the Principal Investigator of the National Science Foundation Minnesota Innovation Corps grants (MIN-Corps) in collaboration with colleagues from the University’s Carlson School of Business, and the Office of Technology Commercialization. He also led the state-funded initiative on robotics, sensors, and advanced manufacturing, MnDRIVE RSAM as associate dean and dean in CSE.


Dr. Kaveh has served the Signal Processing Society of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in several capacities, and was the President of that society for 2010-11. Other services in the past include Vice President for Awards and Membership, 2005-07, Chair of the Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ASSP) Society Publications Board, 1985-88; Distinguished Lecturer, ASSP Sociey, 1989-90; member of the Technical Directions Committee, 1989-91; co-chair of the Fourth ASSP Workshop on Spectrum Estimation and Modeling; general chair of ICASSP’93; Vice President for Publications of the Signal Processing Society, 1993-96, and a member of the Board of Governors of the Signal Processing Society, 1997-1999 and 2005-2011. He was the Co-Chair of the Thirteenth International Symposium on Acoustical Imaging. He has served on a number of departmental and research institute advisory and evaluation committees, including services on the advisory boards of electrical and computer engineering departments at Arizona, Purdue, Johns Hopkins and Duke Universities, and of the Institute for Systems Research, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal.


Kaveh is a Fellow of the IEEE, elected in 1988 for “contributions to Diffraction Tomography and signal processing aspects of that imaging system”, and is a Fellow of the AAAS. He was the recipient (with A. Barabell) of a 1986 ASSP Senior (best paper) Award for a paper published in the IEEE Transactions on ASSP, the 1988 ASSP Meritorious Service Award, and an IEEE Third Millennium Medal in 2000. He has been co-author with his former students of best paper awards (for young authors) from the IEEE Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing Society for manuscripts based on their theses and published in the IEEE Transactions on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing. He received the 2000 Society Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society (highest award given by the Society) for “pioneering technical contributions and outstanding leadership in the development, theoretical analysis, and experimental performance of adaptive sensor array signal processing algorithms,”  a 2002 Purdue University Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award, and a 2022 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award from the College of Engineering at Purdue University.