Eliza (Z.-H.) Michalopoulou received the Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece, in 1988 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Duke University, Durham, NC, in 1990 and 1993, respectively. Currently, she is a Professor of Mathematical Sciences at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ. Her research interests include ocean acoustics, Bayesian modeling, inverse problems, and array signal processing. Dr. Michalopoulou is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, a Senior Member of IEEE, a Member of SIAM, and a member of Pi Mu Epsilon.
Q: What are three enduring values Pierce has taught you?
Yearn to learn, learn to work with others, respect and appreciate different cultures.
Q: Describe Pierce in three words.
Creativity, culture, excellence.
Q: Which is your fondest memory from your time at Pierce?
My art class (in English) with Ms. Duschendson and choir practice with Mr. Adamis.
Q: What do you miss most from your days at Pierce?
Q: If you could go back in time, is there anything that you would do differently?
I can’t come up with anything. I had quite an enjoyable time.
Q: Where was your favorite spot on campus?
What we used to call the “mountain,” that is, the campus side of Ymittos.
Q: Who was your favorite teacher and why?
Mrs. Sotiria Argyraki. She was an amazing teacher and taught us how to love both ancient and modern Greek. And Mr. Stavros Tzoulakis, in whose classes I realized that I really enjoy math.
Q: After graduation, have you maintained a relationship with your school and classmates?
I have maintained contact with my classmates in Greece, whom I see every time I visit. I also have close contact with classmates who live in the US; we sometimes have mini-reunions.
Q: Looking back, how did your time at Pierce help you become the person you are today?
I received a first class education and I learned to be, early on, a citizen of the world. That served me well in my life and career in the US.
Q: What advice would you give a new Pierce student?
Enjoy the gift of being a Pierce student; take advantage of every opportunity the school provides.
Q: Where do you get your inspiration from?
My daughter. I always wanted to get better so that I would be a role model for her.
Q: What is your motto in life?
Don’t give up. Persist and persevere.
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