John Hennessy Named Chairman of Alphabet, and AI Researchers Receive US $10 Million Grant

IEEE members made headlines this month

28 March 2018

Twenty-eight IEEE members are among 99 engineers elected this year to the National Academy of Engineering. The membership honors engineers who have made outstanding contributions to academia and industry. The new NAE members are:

Fellow Robert W. Adams of Analog Devices, Acton, Mass.; Life Fellow Ongun Alsaç of Alsaç Inc., Chandler, Ariz.; Fellow Constance Chang-Hasnain of the University of California, Berkeley; Senior Member Carolina Cruz-Neira of the University of Arkansas, Little Rock; Life Fellow Tariq S. Durrani of the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow; Life Fellow Gabriel C. Ejebe of Open Access Technology International, Minneapolis; Evangelos S. Eleftheriou of IBM, Zurich; Fellow Dimitar P. Filev of Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, Mich.; Member Edward H. Frank of Brilliant Lime, San Francisco; Fellow Eric E. Fullerton of UC San Diego; Member Amit Goyal of the University of Buffalo, N.Y.; Member David Haussler of UC Santa Cruz; Fellow Ashok Jhunjhunwala of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras; Member Ke Lu of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang; Life Fellow Oussama Khatib of Stanford; Member Petros Koumoutsakos of ETH Zurich; Fellow Ming-Jun Li of Corning Inc., N.Y.; Senior Member Robert A. Lieberman of Lumoptix, Redondo Beach, Calif.; Life Fellow David B. Lomet of Microsoft; Fellow Gary S. May of UC Davis; Life Fellow Nils Nilsson of Stanford; Fellow Chandrakant D. Patel of Hewlett Packard Enterprise; Senior Member David W. Roop of Dominion Virginia Power, Richmond; Life Fellow Chanan Singh of Texas A&M University, College Station; Fellow Sushil K. Soonee of Power System Operation, New Delhi; Fellow David N.C. Tse of Stanford; Life Fellow Lihong Wang of Caltech; and Fellow Kevin A. Wise of Boeing, St. Charles, Mo.


Senior Member Andrea Armani was named inaugural holder of the University of Southern California’s Ray R. Irani chair in chemical engineering and materials science. Irani, a USC trustee, donated US $20 million to the university to fund two faculty chairs.

Armani was chosen for her years of research excellence. She is a professor of chemical, biomedical, and electrical engineering and a member of the IEEE Photonics Society.


Life Fellow John Hennessy was named executive chairman of Alphabet, the parent company of Google. Previously he was president of Stanford University until he stepped down in 2015 to a professor position.

Hennessy also serves as a director at Cisco Systems, the Daniel Pearl Foundation, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.


Member Ankur Mehta received a U.S. National Science Foundation Career Award. The prize includes a $500,000 grant for “Robots for Everyone, Everywhere,” a project to develop control algorithms and custom robots.

Mehta is an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the UCLA.


UC Berkeley’s RiseLab was awarded the National Science Foundation’s Expeditions in Computing award. Senior Member Ion Stoica [left] is the head of the lab and part of the research team. Other researchers there include IEEE Member Joseph Gonzalez and Fellow Michael Jordan [center and right].

The NSF awarded the team $10 million over the next five years to develop technology for artificial intelligence systems in areas including business, health care, and transportation.

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