Dr. Pao is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Early Faculty CAREER Award (1996-2001) and an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (1997-2000). She was also a winner of the 1996 IFAC World Congress Young Author Prize, and she was the co-author and advisor on the paper that received the Best Student Paper Award at the 2001 American Control Conference. She was an invited participant of the National Academy of Engineering's 1997 Frontiers of Engineering Symposium and 2000 German-American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. Other selected awards include a 2003 Subaru Teaching Excellence Award, the Best Commercial Potential Award at the 2004 International Symposium on Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environments and Teleoperator Systems, and the Best Paper Award at the 2005 World Haptics Conference. She was a plenary speaker at the 2006 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, the 2011 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, the 2012 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, and the 2013 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control. She was a keynote speaker at the 1998 and 2000 Japan/USA/Vietnam Workshops on Research and Education in Systems, Computation, and Control Engineering and the 2008 IFAC World Congress; and she was distinguished lecturer at the 2012 Chinese Control and Decision Conference. She is a Fellow of the IEEE.