Vahid Tarokh and Amanda Randles were two of seven faculty members endowed Bass Connections Professorships. This honor recognizes faculty whose scholaraship and teaching align with the interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of the program, while also recognizing the wider engagement and contributions of Duke schools to this university-wide effort. Individuals receiving Bass Connections professorships hold them for an initial term of up to seven years, with the possibility of renewal.
Tarokh joined Duke in January 2018 from Harvard University. His research focuses on communications and signal processing, and he helped invent the space-time codes that provide signal redundancy during data transmission (now used in most cellular phones). Tarokh also has developed foundational approaches to cognitive radios and distributed communication techniques currently deployed to share valuable spectral resources. He holds a secondary appointment in Mathematics, and is a faculty affiliate of the Information Initiative at Duke (iiD), which is home to the Information, Society & Culture theme.
Amanda Randles, Alfred Winborne Mordecai and Victoria Stover Mordecai Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
School: Pratt School of Engineering
Bass Connections theme: Unaffiliated
Randles’ research on biomedical simulation, system modeling and high performance computing focuses on the development of new computational tools that can provide insight into the development of human diseases. In 2017, Randles was named an MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35, which recognizes exceptional young innovators whose work has the potential to transform the world. She holds a secondary appointment in Mathematics, and is a member of the Bass Connections Faculty Advisory Council.