In Memoriam: March 2011

IEEE mourns the passing of the following members

7 March 2011
Zhenya Photo: IEEE

Zhenya He

Signal-processing professor

Founder of IEEE Nanjing Section


AGE: 88

DIED: 10 October

Zhenya He was a signal-processing researcher and professor as well as an active IEEE volunteer.

He began his career in 1950 as a teaching assistant and deputy director of the wired communications laboratory in the electrical engineering department at Nanjing University, in China. In 1953, he became a lecturer and deputy chair of the university’s radio engineering department. He left there in 1981 to become a professor and the director of the University Research Center of Signal and Information Processing in the radio engineering department at Southeast University, in Nanjing. He taught courses there in digital signal processing, wireless technology, and pattern recognition until his death.

He had several IEEE leadership roles. In 2002, he served as chair of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society’s Shanghai Chapter, and in 2006 he founded and chaired the IEEE Nanjing Section.

He graduated from Chinese National Beiyang University, in Tianjin, in 1947.


Michael T. Inake

Electrical engineer


AGE: 66

DIED: 3 December

Michael T. Inake was a clinical engineer in the electrical and biomedical fields.

In 1974, Inake became the first clinical engineer at the San Francisco Veterans Administration Hospital, where he installed medical equipment and trained the staff how to use it. He left two years later to work at Shared Clinical Engineering Services, where he coordinated biomedical services for several Hawaiian hospitals. In 1980, he became the first clinical engineer at the Queen’s Medical Center, in Honolulu. He taught biomedical engineering at Honolulu Community College in the late 1970s.

Inake received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1967 from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He earned a master’s degree in biomedical engineering in 1973 from Iowa State University, in Ames.


agno Photo: Courtesy of Augusto Herrera

Gaspar Agno

Electrical engineer


AGE: 32

DIED: 5 December

Gaspar Agno was active as a volunteer for the IEEE Argentina Section and the section’s IEEE Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) group. He died in a car accident.

Agno first volunteered for IEEE as a student at the National University of San Juan, in Argentina, where he was an officer of its IEEE student branch. In 2005 and 2006, he was the student section activities coordinator, the youngest member appointed to that position. He went on to serve as the 2007 vice president of Argentina’s GOLD affinity group. The following year he became GOLD’s Region 9 coordinator as well as president of the group. Last year he served as the group’s secretary and treasurer.

Most recently, Agno worked for Xennon, an engineering services provider, in San Juan.

Agno earned a bachelor’s degree in 2002 and a Ph.D. in 2009, both in electrical engineering, from the National University of San Juan.

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