The Marconi Society, which honors scientific contributions in the field of communications, gave IEEE Graduate Student Member Aakanksha Chowdhery its 2012 Paul Baran Young Scholar Award. The award is given to researchers who have, at an early age, demonstrated “exceptional engineering or scientific research and entrepreneurial capabilities with the potential to create significant advances in telecommunications and the Internet.” She is the first female recipient of the award.
Chowdhery, 26, is a graduate student at Stanford University and an engineer at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs in Mountain View, Calif. Her research focuses on dynamic spectrum management for next-generation copper access networks. She is also working to improve data rates and stability in digital subscriber lines.
IEEE Fellow Jennifer T. Bernhard was named associate dean of research for the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is responsible for increasing the engineering program’s public visibility and directing research collaborations with industry as well as state, federal, and international agencies.
Bernhard is a professor in the university’s department of electrical and computer engineering. Her research focuses on electromagnetics for wireless communications and reconfigurable active and passive antennas.
IEEE Member James R. McFarlane received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. The medals were given by Canada this year to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the queen’s accession to the British throne. McFarlane was recognized for his work in undersea robotics.
He served for 18 years in the Canadian armed forces, handling a variety of technical responsibilities related to Oberon-class submarines. He also helped develop the SDL-1 (Submersible Diver Lockout), a vehicle used by the Canadian Navy for underwater research.
He is founder and president of International Submarine Engineering, a manufacturer of underwater vehicles and robotic equipment in Vancouver, B.C. He has been involved with the design, construction, and operation of more than 400 robotic manipulators and more than 200 underwater vehicles.
McFarlane is a member of the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society.