Member John Bickley was hired as vice president of sustainable utility sales at Hydrotex, a manufacturer of high-performance lubricant and fuel products, in Farmers Branch, Texas.
Previously, he was a utility account manager at Shermco Industries, in Irving, Texas.
The National University of Singapore has appointed Member Chua Kee Chaing dean of its engineering department. He will help with forming industry partnerships, oversee a new undergraduate internship program, and develop career guidance programs for students.
Previously, he was head of the university’s department of electrical and computer engineering.
Fellow Farnam Jahanian was named vice president of research at Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh. He will start there on 1 September.
Jahanian is head of the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate, which funds research projects in computer and information science.
He is a member of the IEEE Computer Society.
Senior Member Javad Lavaei received the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development award. It is presented annually to a person who “exemplifies the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of their organizations.” Lavaei was recognized for his research paper, “High-Performance Optimization Methods for Power Systems.”
The paper describes optimization techniques for the smart grid and the design of control systems for the real-time operation of power networks that automatically adjust to fluctuating energy demands. He plans to use the US $400,000 award to collaborate with Google to design optimization algorithms for future networks.
Lavaei is an assistant professor of electrical engineering at Columbia University.
NeoPhotonics Corp., a manufacturer of IC and high-speed communications technology, in San Jose, Calif., named Fellow Rajiv Ramaswami to its board of directors.
Ramaswami is vice president and general manager of the Infrastructure and Networking group at Broadcom Corp., a semiconductor manufacturer based in Irvine, Calif.
He is a member of the IEEE Communications Society.
Senior Member James Zhang was named senior vice president of academic affairs and provost at Kettering University, in Flint, Mich.
Previously, he was dean of the Kimmel School at Western Carolina University, in Cullowhee, N.C. The Kimmel School is home to the departments of construction management and of engineering and technology, and of the Center for Rapid Product Realization.