Achievements: April 2014

The following IEEE members were recently recognized by other organizations and IEEE societies

7 April 2014

Twenty-seven IEEE members are among 78 engineers elected this year as members or foreign associates of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice, or education or to the literature. The new NAE members from IEEE are:

Fellow Jan P. Allebach of Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.; Member Daniel E. Atkins III of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Member James K. Baker of Dragon Systems, Maitland, Fla.; Fellow Harrison H. Barrett of the University of Arizona, Tucson; Fellow Dushan Boroyevich of Virginia Tech; Fellow Stephen P. Boyd of Stanford University; Life Fellow Robert D. Briskman of Sirius XM Radio, North Bethesda, Md.; Member Tony F. Chan of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Kowloon; Fellow Bijan Davari of IBM; Fellow Ronald Fagin, also of IBM; Fellow Katherine Whittaker Ferrara of the University of California, Davis; Fellow Naomi Halas of Rice University, Houston; Fellow Norman P. Jouppi of Google; Member David L. Joyce of General Electric; Fellow Frederick A. Kish Jr. of Infinera Corp., Sunnyvale, Calif.; Fellow Michael Luby of Qualcomm, Berkeley, Calif.; Life Fellow Ned Mohan of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; Fellow Damir Novosel of Quanta Technology, Raleigh, N.C.; Life Fellow Yale N. Patt of the University of Texas, Austin; Member Alex (Sandy) Pentland of MIT; Senior Member Jennifer Rexford of Princeton University; and Member James J. Riley of the University of Washington, Seattle.

NAE’s new foreign associates are:

Fellow Dieter Bimberg of Technical University of Berlin; Fellow David Harel of Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel; Member Kurt Mehlhorn of Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Saarbruecken, Germany; Life Fellow Lubomyr Romankiw of IBM; and Senior Member Moshe Shoham of Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa.


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Fellow Jelena Kovacevic was appointed head of the engineering department at Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh. She is a professor of biomedical, computer, and electrical engineering at the university.

Kovacevic is a member of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology and IEEE Signal Processing societies.


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Senior Member Mario Vecchi was named chief technology officer of Public Broadcast Service, a broadcast television association based in Arlington, Va. He now oversees 120 employees across several departments, including distribution operations and engineering, media management, and IT.

Previously Vecchi was president of Pangrac and Associates Development, a communications consulting firm, in Port Aransas, Texas.

He is a member of the IEEE Computer Society.


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The following members were recognized by IEEE societies.

Fellow Kazuro Kikuchi received the 2014 John Tyndall Award, presented by the IEEE Photonics Society and the Optical Society of America.  Kikuchi was honored for “pioneering contributions to the fundamental understanding of coherent detection techniques” applied to optical fiber systems.

He is a professor of electrical engineering and information systems at the University of Tokyo, where his research focuses on optical fiber communications, devices, and systems.

Kikuchi is a member of the IEEE Photonics Society.


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The IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society presented Fellow Robert T. Bannon with its Distinguished Service Award. He was recognized for “establishing and furthering the objectives of the society by ensuring [its] financial security and technology leadership” and for serving as chair of many of the society’s technical events and conferences.

He is president of Bannon International Consulting, which provides consulting services to underwater communications companies and developers of autonomous underwater vehicles.

Bannon is a member of the IEEE Computer, Oceanic Engineering, and Robotics and Automation societies, as well as the IEEE Sensors Council.

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