In Memoriam: April 2015

IEEE mourns the loss of the following members

27 April 2015

Stephen A. Mallard

Senior vice president at PSE&G

Life Fellow, 89; died 1 May 2014

Mallard was an engineer for 38 years at Public Service Electric and Gas, better known as PSE&G, a utility with headquarters in Newark, N.J.

He began working for the company in the late 1940s and specialized in electric grid planning. He rose to become a senior vice president of the company and held that title when he retired in 1989. He then worked as a consultant for several years.

Mallard was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 1981 for the “development and application of simulation methods for reliability evaluations of complex electric power systems.” He was also a member of the IEEE Power & Energy Society.

He served on the board of directors of the northern New Jersey chapter of the Red Cross, a disaster relief organization, and was also on the board of trustees of the Marylawn of the Oranges Academy, a private high school in South Orange, N.J.

Mallard earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Stevens Institute, in Hoboken, N.J.


Phillip Warfield Pulliam

Project manager

Member, 61; died 31 December

Pulliam was a project manager for Ensite USA, an oil and gas pipeline manufacturer, in Houston.

He was a member of the IEEE Communications Society. Warfield enjoyed reading, classical music, and discussing politics.


David G. Daut

Former director of IEEE Division III

Senior member, 60; died 24 January

Daut served as IEEE Division III director from 1998 to 1999 and as an editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications. He was also a member of the IEEE Communications Society. For his work on the publication, he received the society’s 2013 IEEE Joseph LoCicero Award for Exemplary Service.

Daut was a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, N.J., for 35 years. He served as chair of the electrical and computer engineering department from 1986 to 1988 and again from 1997 to 2006. He was also director of the university’s Engineering Computer Center from 1989 to 1998 and director of the electrical and computer engineering graduate program from 1991 to 1999. Daut’s research focused on data and bandwidth compression techniques in the context of image coding and transmission.

He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1976 from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, in Newark. He earned master’s and doctoral degrees, also in EE, in 1977 and 1981 respectively, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, N.Y.


Tito Inope-Cúneo

Former chair of the IEEE Peru Section

Life Senior Member, 81; died 31 January

Inope-Cúneo led the IEEE Peru Section from 2003 to 2004. He was a member of the IEEE Power & Energy Society. In 2007, Inope-Cúneo received the society’s Outstanding Engineer Award for Region 9.

He began his career as an electrical engineer at Imaco, a manufacturer of home appliances, in Lima, Peru. Inope-Cúneo left Imaco to work as a consultant for Graña y Montero, a real estate and construction company, also in Lima.


Gaetano Borriello

Professor of computer science and engineering

Fellow, 56; died 1 February

Borriello was a professor at the University of Washington, Seattle. He died of cancer.

He was a member of the research staff at the Xerox Research Center in Palo Alto, Calif., from 1980 to 1987. Borriello joined UW in 1988, where his research initially dealt with integrated circuits for networking, automatic synthesis of digital circuits, reconfigurable hardware, and embedded systems development tools. He took a leave of absence from 2001 to 2003 to establish the Intel Research Laboratory in Seattle, which focuses on ubiquitous computing. He was named its director, and in that role he worked on home sensor networks and wearable devices to help elderly people live independently in their homes.

In 2008, shortly after he was diagnosed with cancer, Borriello developed the Open Data Kit (ODK), an open-source mobile data collection tool to help doctors and nurses in developing countries collect and analyze data using mobile devices such as smartphones. The Red Cross later used the ODK to aid relief and recovery programs after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall wrote to Borriello’s family that the kit helped researchers at her institute collect data about wildlife and environmental conservation efforts in Africa and more easily analyze how the efforts could be improved.

In his memory, UW established the Gaetano Borriello Endowed Fellowship for Change, which will be awarded to students whose work explores how technology can improve the lives of underserved regions.

Borriello was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 2011 for “contributions to embedded computing devices and systems.” He was also a member of the IEEE Computer Society.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1979 from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (now the Polytechnic Institute of New York University). Borriello went on to earn a master’s degree in 1981 from Stanford and a Ph.D. in computer science in 1987 from the University of California, Berkeley.

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