Alec Koppel Named SMART Fellow
Alec Koppel, doctoral student in Electrical and Systems Engineering, has been selected as a Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Fellow. This Scholarship for Service Program was established by the Department of Defense (DoD) and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories.
Koppel will be working with the Army Research Laboratory's Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate (ARL SEDD) outside of Washington, DC, where he will also complete a postdoctoral fellowship after graduating from Penn Engineering. His current research at Penn involves applying primal-dual subgradient methods to distributed online learning algorithms for solving collaborative convex repeated games and proving how comparable these methods are to batch learning alternatives. He then applies these tools to distributed detection of malicious users in wireless networks and developing decentralized email spam filters.
Koppel completed his bachelor's degree in Mathematics with an emphasis in Probability at Washington University in St. Louis. He then went on to pursue a master's degree in Systems Science and Mathematics at Washington University, during which he spent summers working for the ARL SEDD in the area of bio-inspired robotics.