Coogan appointed to Paris early career professorship

Sam Coogan, who is the new Demetrius T. Paris Assistant Professor.

Sam Coogan has been named the new Demetrius T. Paris Assistant Professor.

The endowed position for early career, untenured faculty members will support Coogan’s work to create efficient, intelligent and autonomous transportation networks.

“This professorship will enable me to explore exciting new research ideas that I otherwise might not have the resources or flexibility to pursue at this stage of my career,” said Coogan, who shares a faculty appointment in civil and environmental engineering as well as electrical and computer engineering, where the Paris professorship is housed.

Coogan, a former Georgia Tech student, returned in 2017 after two years at the University of California, Los Angeles. His work focuses on applying tools from control theory and dynamical systems to build new mathematical models and algorithms to understand and manage transportation systems.

In 2018, Coogan won an Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation for that work. He also received a Young Investigator grant from the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research to understand how material moves through physical flow networks like roads, pipes and airspace and provide guarantees about how those systems operate.

“It is an honor to have been selected for the Demetrius T. Paris Junior Professorship,” Coogan said. “This professorship has a long history of supporting exceptional junior researchers, and I look forward to contributing to this legacy.”