A Fellow Gets Lifetime Achievement Award and Two Members Are Named Dean

IEEE members made headlines this month

28 August 2017

Senior Member Stella Batalama this month was appointed dean of Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, in Boca Raton.

Previously Batalama was chair of the department of electrical engineering at the State University of New York in Buffalo. Her research interests include networks, underwater signal processing, covert communications, and data security.

She is a member of the IEEE Communications, IEEE Information Theory, and IEEE Signal Processing societies.


Fellows David T. Blaauw and Nam Sung Kim and Life Fellow Trevor Mudge received an Influential Paper Award from the International Symposium of Computer Architecture. The award, sponsored by IEEE and the Association for Computing Machinery, recognizes recipients whose ISCA Proceedings research paper from 15 years ago is considered to have been the most influential. They were honored during a ceremony the ISCA held on 27 June in Toronto.

The three were recognized for a paper they published in 2002, “Drowsy Caches: Simple Techniques for Reducing Leakage Power,” on improving computing efficiency.

Blauuw and Mudge are professors of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Kim is an associate professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.


Fellow Anantha Chandrakasan was named dean of MIT’s School of Engineering.

Previously he was head of the department of electrical engineering and computer science. His research focuses on making electronic circuits more energy efficient.

He is a member of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society.


Member Ernesto Vega Janica was named Engineer of the Year by the New Jersey chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE). Fire protection engineering is the application of principles to protect people, property, and their environments from the harmful effects of fire and smoke.

​The award citation notes that Janica “has expended great effort to promote the goals of SFPE and the profession of fire protection engineering at both the chapter and society level, including membership on the SFPE continuing professional development committee. His expertise and guidance in the area of FPE education is noteworthy and represents an invaluable resource to the profession and the FPE community at large.”

He is a senior opportunities development manager at the IEEE Standards Association, in Piscataway, N.J.


The Marconi Society honored IEEE Life Fellow Thomas Kailath with its Lifetime Achievement Award. It is the sixth time in the society’s 43-year history that the award has been given.

Kailath is being recognized for six decades of contributions to information theory, communications, filtering theory, linear systems and control, signal processing, semiconductor manufacturing, probability and statistics, linear algebra, matrix and operator theory—all of which have helped advanced modern communications technology. He also is being honored for his mentorship efforts.

Kailath, who received the 2007 IEEE Medal of Honor, is professor emeritus of engineering at Stanford. There he has mentored more than 100 doctoral and postdoctoral students—almost half of whom have gone on to become IEEE Fellows.

He is a member of the IEEE Circuits and Systems, IEEE Communications, IEEE Computer, IEEE Control Systems, IEEE Information Theory, and IEEE Signal Processing societies.

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