Dr. Sztipanovits is an electrical engineer, computer scientist and the E. Bronson Ingram Distinguished Professor of Engineering at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Vanderbilt University; he is also the founding director of the Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS) at Vanderbilt.
Among other things, Prof. Sztipanovits led the research group that created a novel area in computer engineering, Model Integrated Computing, in the 1990s, before other model-based approaches appeared in computer science. His work has led to application of this technology to embedded software, car manufacturing, medical systems, and many other areas. ISIS has just celebrated its 25th anniversary in operation.
Sztipanovits was one of the key promoters of a new research direction called Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), which integrates physical systems with computational ("cyber") systems to provide novel capabilities. He is the Principal Investigator of a National Science Foundation initiative to create a web portal called CPS Virtual Organization (CPS VO) with the goal of facilitating interaction and information exchange among CPS researchers in academia, government and industry across a broad range of institutions, programs, disciplines and even countries.
Before moving to the United States in 1983, Sztipanovits received a number of prestigious awards in Hungary, including the National Prize in 1985 and the Golden Ring of the Republic in 1982 for scientific and engineering achievements.
He received the Medal for Exceptional Public Service from the U.S. Office of the Secretary for Defense in 2002 and the Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award Medal and a Citation in 2010. He has been an external member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences since 2010. Sztipanovits is a Fellow of the IEEE.