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first holder of Dobrovolny Professorship in Entrepreneurial Engineering
Unger, News Bureau
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — David E. Goldberg, a professor of general engineering at the University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named the first holder of
the Jerry S. Dobrovolny Professorship in Entrepreneurial Engineering.
Goldberg received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate
in civil engineering from the University of Michigan. He joined the
department of general engineering at Illinois in 1990. He received a
U.S. National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award
in 1985 and was named an Associate of the Center for Advanced Study
at Illinois in 1995.
He is the founding chairman and a Senior Fellow of the International
Society for Genetic and Evolutionary Computation. His book "Genetic
Algorithms in Search, Optimization and Machine Learning" is the
fourth most widely cited reference in computer science, according to
is the director of the Illinois Genetic Algorithms Laboratory. His research
focuses on the design, analysis and application of genetic algorithms-computer
procedures based on the mechanics of natural genetics and selection.
His most recent book, "The Design of Innovation: Lessons From and
for Competent Genetic Algorithms," shows how to design scalable
genetic algorithms and how such algorithms are similar to certain processes
of human innovation.
Dobrovolny was a member of the general engineering department at Illinois
for nearly 40 years. He served as department head from 1959 until his
retirement in 1987.
Goldberg’s investiture took place in late September during a ceremony
in the Loomis Laboratory of Physics on the Urbana campus.