IEEE Members Make Headlines: May 2016

President-Elect Bartleson joins a government board of advisors, and a Fellow receives a grant to prevent cyberattacks

24 May 2016

IEEE members frequently make news through their groundbreaking contributions to society. The past few weeks have been no exception.

IEEE President-Elect Karen Bartleson was appointed to the new U.S. Department of Commerce Digital Economy Board of Advisors. Bartleson, an IEEE senior member, and 16 other leaders from the fields of banking, economics, law, and technology are tasked with recommending ways to advance economic growth and job opportunities in the digital age. The appointees are serving two-year terms.


IEEE Senior Member Soha Houssoun received the Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Automation Achievement Award. Houssoun will be honored in June at the Design Automation Conference, in Austin, Texas. The annual award, named for a former organizer of the conference, recognizes individuals who have helped advance women in electronic design.

Houssoun has developed educational and research programs for the EDA community, including the Ph.D. Forum, a poster session at the DAC, and the daylong Design Automation Summer School course. In 2009 she helped found the annual International Workshop on Bio-Design Automation, which is to be held this year from 16 to 18 August in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.

A professor and chair of the computer science department at Tufts University, in Medford, Mass., she is a member of IEEE–Eta Kappa Nu, IEEE’s honor society.


IEEE Member Harish Krishnaswamy was featured on NDTV, an Indian broadcasting network in New Delhi, where he discussed technology he recently developed that could double Wi-Fi speeds.

Krishnaswamy integrated a nonreciprocal circulator and a full-duplex radio on a nanoscale silicon chip to create the breakthrough system. He built on a system that fellow researchers at Columbia University invented last year—which involved nanoscale CMOS technology that enables simultaneous transmission and reception at the same frequency in a wireless radio. The initial system required two antennas; Krishnaswamy’s works with only one. He presented his work in a research paper in January at the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference, in San Francisco.

A graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, he is director of Columbia’s High-Speed and Mm-wave IC Lab.


IEEE Fellow Radha Poovendran received a five-year, US $7.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense. He says he will use the money to develop new methods to detect and mitigate sophisticated cyberattacks.

Employing statistical modeling, adaptive game theory, and machine learning, Poovendran and his team at the University of Washington, Seattle, plan to build a system that will detect complex attacks and counteract them with a number of defense mechanisms.

He is chair of the UW electrical engineering department and. Poovendran is also a member of the IEEE Computer and IEEE Communications societies.

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