A lecturer at Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), in Indonesia, was stripped of his doctorate this year after it was found he plagiarized a paper he claimed to have written. The article was published in an IEEE conference proceeding and posted in the IEEE Xplore digital library. Having a paper published was a prerequisite for obtaining his degree. After an allegation was made, IEEE investigated and determined he had copied the work of an Austrian scholar.
He has since resigned from ITB. IEEE has also published a note on the article in IEEE Xplore, saying the article is in violation of IEEE's publication principles because it contains a nearly complete duplication of the other researcher's paper, published in 2000 in the Proceedings of the 11th International Workshop on Database and Expert System Applications. He has also been prohibited from publishing in all IEEE publications for three years, beginning in April 2009.
What is a fair punishment for plagiarism? Do you think it's a big problem in the engineering field?