The U.S. National Academy of Engineering’s Charles Stark Draper Prize for 2008 went to Life Fellow Rudolf Kalman, who was cited for “the development and dissemination of the optimal digital technique (known as the Kalman filter) that is pervasively used to control a vast array of consumer, health, commercial, and defense products.”
The Kalman filter relies on a mathematical technique to remove noise, and it fills gaps in series of data. From incomplete information, it can optimally estimate and control the state of a changing, complex system over time. The filter revolutionized the field of control theory and has become pervasive in engineering systems.
Kalman, who received an award of US $500 000, is a professor emeritus of mathematics at both the University of Florida, in Gainesville, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, in Zurich.
He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from MIT in 1953 and 1954, respectively. He received a doctorate of science in 1957 from Columbia University, New York City.
Life Fellow Mildred S. Dresselhaus received the American Association of Physics Teachers’ Oersted Medal in recognition of her “outstanding, widespread, and lasting impact on the teaching of physics.”
She received a medal, a certificate, and US $10 000. AAPT established the award in 1936 to honor Hans Christian Oersted, a Danish physicist who discovered that electric currents caused a magnetic field.
Dresselhaus is a professor of electrical engineering and physics at MIT. Her research focuses on materials physics and nanoscience.
She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Physical Society, the Society of Women Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. She received the 2004 IEEE Founders Medal “for leadership across many fields of science and engineering through research and education, and for exceptional and unique contributions to the profession.”
She received a bachelor’s degree in physics in 1951 from Hunter College, in New York City. In 1953 she earned a master’s in physics from Radcliffe College, in Cambridge, Mass. She went on to receive a Ph.D., also in physics, in 1958 from the University of Chicago.
Innova Robotics & Automation, a software company in Fort Myers, Fla., has appointed IEEE Fellow Charles House as chairman of its board of directors.
House is executive director of Media X, a technological research and education group at Stanford University. He is also a senior research scholar in the university’s Human Science and Technology Advanced Research division. His research interests include technology’s effect on society, particularly of software and Web networking on distance learning.
He received a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics in 1962 from CalTech. He holds several master’s degrees including one in engineering from Stanford, one in the history of science from the University of Colorado, Denver, and one in business administration from the Western Behavioral Sciences Institute, La Jolla, Calif.
Member Richard Hebel in November was appointed chief technology officer of Key Technology, a food-processing-equipment manufacturer in Walla Walla, Wash.
Before taking on his new role, Hebel was general manager of Symetix, Key’s pharmaceutical subsidiary. He is a senior member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and a member of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers.
He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1969 from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, and earned a master’s degree in management in 1987 from Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee.
The American Ceramic Society presented IEEE Member Harry Tuller with its Edward Orton Jr. Memorial Award for scholarly achievement in ceramics or a related field.
Tuller is director of the Crystal Physics and Electroceramics Laboratory in MIT’s department of materials science and engineering. He is also editor in chief of the Journal of Electroceramics (Springer). His research interests include microelectromechanical and microphotonic systems and the characterization and optimization of solid-state ionic devices.
He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering in 1967 and a doctorate of solid-state science and engineering in 1973, all from Columbia University, New York City.