A Better Way to Detect Heart Disease and a Life Fellow Receives the Marconi Prize

IEEE members made headlines this month

29 November 2017

Senior Member Eric Burger was appointed CTO of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. He will advise FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and will serve as the agency’s senior technology expert.

Previously he was a professor of computer science at Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C., and director of the National Science Foundation’s Software Engineering Research Center at Georgetown.

Burger is a member of the IEEE Communications and IEEE Computer societies.


Member Jon Klingensmith is working to develop a low-cost tool for measuring a patient’s cardiac adipose tissue—a risk factor for heart disease—through the use of ultrasound. His project received a US $154,000 grant from the American Heart Association.

The software-based tool measures the cardiac adipose tissue based on echocardiographic ultrasound imaging rather than MRI, the current most popular method. Echocardiography, the researchers say, is safe, real-time, and inexpensive relative to MRI, and can quantify cardiac structure and function, according to a RiverBender.com article.

Klingensmith is an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Southern Illinois University, in Edwardsville.


Senior Members David Matolak  and Ismail Guvenc as well as Member Hani Mehrpouyan and Paul Davis are principal investigators on a project to make air travel safer by improving aviation communication and networking systems. The project received a three-year, $4.4 million grant from NASA.

Matolak, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, is a member of the IEEE Communications and IEEE Vehicular Technology societies.

Guvenc is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at North Carolina State University, in Raleigh.

Mehrpouyan is an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Boise State University, in Idaho.

Davis is technical director at Architecture Technology Corporation, a software firm, with headquarters in Minneapolis.


Life Fellow Arun Netravali received the Marconi Prize, which honors significant contributions in the field of communications. The award includes a $100,000 honorarium. The Marconi Society honored Netravali, former president of Bell Labs, for pioneering work in video compression based on motion estimation.

Netravali led Bell Labs research and development of high-definition television and is widely acknowledged as a digital-video pioneer.

After retiring from Bell Labs, he founded and served as managing partner of OmniCapital Group, a private-equity firm in New Jersey.


Member Lesa Roe was named chancellor at the University of North Texas, Denton.

Previously she was deputy associate administrator at NASA, where she managed 17,000 employees. She also served as the first female director of NASA’s Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va.

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