Robert Butera, Associate Dean for Research & Innovation, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering, at the Georgia Institute of Technology, was honored with the ANAK Award at the 2019 Faculty and Staff Honors Luncheon.  Each year, the Faculty and Staff Honors Luncheon recognizes those who have received accolades throughout the previous academic year.

A 1991 BEE graduate of Georgia Tech, Butera attended graduate school at Rice University in Houston, Texas, receiving the MSEE in 1994 and PhD in 1996. Prior to joining the Dean’s Office, Butera directed the Neural Engineering Center (2014-2016). He previously served as founding Faculty Director of the Grand Challenges Living Learning Community (2012-2015) and Director of the Interdisciplinary Bioengineering Graduate Program (2005-2008).  

Since 1942, and annually since 1947, the ANAK Society has given this award to a faculty member at Georgia Tech who has demonstrated outstanding service to the Institute and to the student body through teaching, research, advisement, and general involvement in campus life. Founded in 1908, ANAK’s purpose is to recognize outstanding members of the Georgia Institute of Technology community for their strong character, leadership ability, and true love for Georgia Tech. ANAK strives to advance the Institute in its mission of progress and service.

ANAK is the oldest known secret society and honor society at Georgia Tech. Membership in the Society is made public upon a student's graduation. ANAK offers several scholarships and recognitions to members of the Georgia Tech community, such as the Semmes Scholarship. For more information on the ANAK Award, visit the ANAK Society webpage.