Engineering Dean Named, and Nanophotonics Engineer Wins Award

IEEE members made headlines this month

25 July 2018

Member Susamma Barua was named dean at the College of Engineering and Computer Science at California State University, Fullerton. She assumed the position on 1 June.

Barua has been a teacher and an administrator at Cal State Fullerton for 20 years, serving for a time as associate dean and interim dean.

She has received numerous awards including some from Fullerton, as well as grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation and the Department of Labor.


Student Member Souradeep Bhattacharya received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the engineering college at the University of California, Riverside.

Bhattacharya is a systems administrator with the electrical and computer engineering department’s IT team.

He helped author the peer-reviewed article “Computationally Efficient Receiver Design for Mitigating Multipath for Positioning With LTE Signals,” which was written for the Institute of Navigation’s Global Navigation Satellite Systems conference.

He is a member of the IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu honor society.


Senior Member Nikhil Bodhankar was elected to serve as Young Engineers Advisory Council vice chair for the National Society of Professional Engineers. The society selects one project each year that is designed to help young professionals develop their leadership skills and become better engineers.

Bodhankar is a senior electrical engineer at SMRT, an architectural firm in Portland, Maine.

He wrote an opinion article in 2012, “Engineering Needs to Change Public Perception,” for PE magazine, the flagship NSPE publication.


Senior Member Alexandra Boltasseva has been chosen as one of 30 finalists for the annual Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists. Three recipients are to be honored during a ceremony on 24 September at the American Museum of Natural History, in New York City.

Boltasseva is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Purdue University, in Lafayette, Ind. Her research focuses on plasmonic metamaterials, manmade composites of metals that use surface plasmons to achieve optical properties not seen in nature.

In 2013 she received the Materials Research Society’s Outstanding Young Investigator Award.


American Electric Power of Moundsville, W.Va., named Member Robert Gallimore hydro plant manager of the coal-fueled Mitchell Plant. He oversees all operational, performance, regulatory, financial, and safety functions of the company’s 16 hydroelectric and four solar generation facilities, according to Daily Energy Insider.

Gallimore previously worked as a maintenance superintendent for hydro at AEP.

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