Eye Implant to Aid Glaucoma Patients, and Former IEEE President to Become a Dean

Members made headlines this month

15 June 2018

IEEE Senior Member Benjamin Braaten was appointed chair of the electrical and computer engineering department at North Dakota State University, in Fargo. He had served since August as the department’s interim chair.

An associate professor at the university, Braaten is a member of IEEE Antennas and Propagation and IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques societies. He is also a member of IEEE Eta Kappa Nu, the organization’s honor society, and IEEE Young Professionals.


Member Hyuck Choo helped develop an implant that could track pressure changes in the eye when patients shine a light at it. The nanodevice can help people with glaucoma and other ailments know when to take their medication. His research was published in Nature Nanotechnology.

Choo is a medical and electrical engineer at Caltech.


Fellow Vijay Kumar has been elected as a member of the American Philosophical Society. The organization, the oldest learned society in the United States, provides a forum for the free exchange of ideas.

Kumar is dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science, in Philadelphia. He is also chair of the university’s mechanical engineering and applied mechanics department and director of its General Robotics, Automation, Sensing, and Perception Laboratory.


Graduate Student Member Junchi Lu was awarded a scholarship from the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) to support her future contributions the field.

Lu is a pursuing a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, in Indiana. She was chair of the SPIE student chapter at Notre Dame.

She is a member of IEEE Young Professionals.


Fellow Barry L. Shoop, former IEEE president, was named dean of the School of Engineering at the Cooper Union, in New York City. He is set to take the reins in January.

Previously, Shoop was a professor at the U.S. Military Academy, in West Point, N.Y., where he headed the department of electrical engineering and computer science.

He is a member of the IEEE Photonics Society.

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