Anamika Dubey and Jana Doppa have been named Huie-Rogers Endowed Chairs in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Support for the endowed chairs comes from the late Floyd Rogers and Judy Huie-Rogers, who have provided three endowed chair positions to the university in computer science and power engineering — areas that directly affect the state economy.
Floyd Rogers earned bachelor’s degrees from WSU in electrical engineering (1973) and computer science (1974). During his career he worked for The Boeing Company, a Seattle software company, and Microsoft (from 1982 – 96), where he designed and programmed many pieces of system and application software, including Windows NT. He passed away in 2020. Judy Huie-Rogers earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from WSU in 1974. She worked for Boeing and in the software industry and then became a public school teacher.
“Floyd had a very eclectic taste in scientific research and enjoyed conversations with faculty and staff. He would be very appreciative of the fields of study for both Dr. Anamika Dubey and Dr. Jana Doppa,” said Huie-Rogers. “I believe their research will enhance and grow current and emerging areas of research strength that will differentiate Washington State University as a global leader in those fields. In addition, their research will help establish WSU as a center of excellence for research as part of the Drive to 25.”
Dubey’s research addresses improved efficiency, operational flexibility, and resilience for the U.S. power grid in the face of climate change and extreme weather events. With WSU since 2016, she was named the Voiland College’s outstanding junior faculty researcher in 2021 and is a recipient of the Pacesetter Award in Physical Sciences and Engineering at WSU in 2021. She has received grants from the National Science Foundation, including a CAREER Award, the Department of Energy, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), the Sloan Foundation, and the power industry.
She has trained several Ph.D. students and consistently published in premier journals and conferences. Her research efforts are highly cited and well-recognized in the power systems community. She also holds a joint appointment as a research scientist at PNNL. She has received her Ph.D. and MSE degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.
With WSU since 2014, Doppa has established an internationally renowned program in artificial intelligence (AI). His research develops core AI techniques and applies them to emerging application domains including hardware design, nanoporous materials design, drug discovery, 3D printing, and agriculture. He has published his research consistently in top‑tier conferences and journals in both AI and computing systems areas, and won multiple best paper awards. He has trained several strong PhD students who hold research positions in both academia and industry and won prestigious awards.
He has received grants from the National Science Foundation, including a CAREER award, the Defense Advanced Research Projects (DARPA), the Army Research Office (ARO), and Google. Doppa was selected for a 2021 Early Career Award in AI by the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence. He is also a recipient of the Voiland College’s 2018 Reid Miller Teaching Excellence Award and 2020 Outstanding Junior Faculty in Research Award. He holds a PhD from Oregon State University and a M.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India in computer science.