Robots for Children With Cerebral Palsy and Flexible Glass for Nanodevices

IEEE members made headlines this month

26 April 2017

IEEE Member LaVonda Brown was featured in The Daily Reveille for her work in health-care robotics and other technologies to improve people’s quality of life.

Brown is an assistant professor of electrical engineering at Louisiana State University, in Baton Rouge, where her research focuses on programming robots to serve as therapists for children with cerebral palsy and other disorders. The robots assist patients by offering instruction, encouragement, and exercise-performance feedback.

Brown also is collaborating with Emory University’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, in Atlanta, to develop low-cost eye-tracking technology that can help detect early-onset Alzheimer’s.

She is a member of the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society as well as IEEE Young Professionals.

Two IEEE Fellows are being inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame, in Tampa. The ceremony is scheduled for Sept. 8.

Fellow Issa Batarseh is director of the Florida Power Electronics Center, in Orlando, part of the University of Central Florida, where he is a professor of electrical and computer engineering. He is being honored for developing the first compact single-solar photovoltaic panel.

He is a member of the IEEE Education, IEEE Industrial Applications, IEEE Power & Energy, and IEEE Power Electronics societies.

Life Fellow Richard Gitlin is a professor of electrical engineering at the University of South Florida, in Tampa. Before joining the university in 2008, he spent 32 years at Bell Labs, where he made pioneering contributions to digital-subscriber-line (DSL) Internet service as well as multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) smart antennas, which are essential to wireless communications. At USF, he invented the vectorcardiogram, a wearable electrocardiogram that can predict cardiac episodes down to a few minutes.

He is a member of the IEEE Communications and IEEE Computer societies.

IEEE Fellow Aaron Hawkins was featured in an article on that described how he helped develop flexible glass for tiny medical devices. Glass membranes found in current lab-on-a-chip function on the microscale, but Hawkins’s new material is expected to pave the way for equally effective nanodevices. According to the article, chemists and biologists could apply the nanoscale devices to move, trap, and analyze proteins, viruses, DNA, and other tiny particles.

Hawkins, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah, is a member of the IEEE Photonics Society.

IEEE Senior Member Duy-Loan Le will be inducted into the Asian Hall of Fame. The program is sponsored by the Robert Chinn Foundation.

She is an electrical engineer at Texas Instruments, where she manages development projects for wireless communications. In 2002 she became the first woman and the first Asian-American to be elected TI Senior Fellow.

IEEE Fellow Dawn Tilbury has been appointed director of the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Engineering, starting in June. The directorate provides more than 30 percent of the federal funding for fundamental research in engineering at academic institutions. It also presents roughly 1,600 engineering research awards each year.

In her new role, Tilbury is responsible for supporting engineering research and education critical to the nation’s future and fostering innovations to benefit society. NSF assistant directors serve four-year terms. She will retain her appointment as a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and plans to return to the university when her NSF term is over.

She is a member of the IEEE Control Systems and IEEE Robotics and Automation societies.

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