Achievements: August 2015

Several IEEE members have been recognized for accomplishments in their careers

24 August 2015

The Engineering Institute of Canada, a federation of 11 engineering societies, recognized three IEEE members for achievements in engineering. Members Baher Abdulhai and David Sinton were named EIC fellows.

Abdulhai [left] is a professor of civil engineering at the University of Toronto. He founded the university’s Intelligent Transportation Systems Center and serves as its director. There, he designs systems for highways that reduce congestion, improve travel times, and promote safety. One of his inventions, Marlin, is a machine-learning control system for traffic lights in which cameras and computers placed at intersections analyze the flow of traffic and adjust the timing of green lights accordingly.

Sinton is a professor of mechanical and industrial engineering at the University of Toronto, where he is director of its Institute for Sustainable Energy. His work focuses on microfluidics, the science of controlling fluids at the microscopic scale.


IEEE Fellow Alberto Leon-Garcia received the EIC’s Julian C. Smith Medal for “achievement in the development of Canada.”

He is scientific director of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Strategic Network for Smart Applications on Virtual Infrastructures and a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Toronto. Garcia is a leader in the design and management of application-oriented multiservice packet networks. He also works on technology for connected vehicles and the smart grid. Leon-Garcia is a member of the IEEE Communications Society.


Member Prabal Dutta received a 2015 Sloan Research Fellowship. Presented by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the annual fellowships honor scientists and scholars who early in their careers have made significant contributions to their fields. Recipients are awarded US $50,000 to further their research.

Dutta developed small wireless sensors that scavenge energy from their surroundings, such as the slight magnetic field generated by an electric wire. Such sensors can be used to gather data about energy use in smart buildings. He is an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a member of the IEEE Circuits and Systems and IEEE Computer societies.


The IEEE Magnetics Society presented one of its members, Fellow Takao Suzuki, with its Achievement Award for “contributions to the micromagnetics of materials with high magnetocrystalline anisotropy and their applications in magnetic recording media.”

Suzuki is a professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Center for Materials for Information Technology at the University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa, where he works on applications of ferromagnetic solids for high-density magnetic recording devices and sensors.