IEEE Member Dennis Freeman was appointed dean of undergraduate education at MIT.
A professor of electrical engineering at MIT since 1997, Freeman is a member of its Research Laboratory of Electronics, where he investigates cochlear micromechanics. He and his research group were the first to measure the sound-induced movement of cells and accessory structures in the inner ear.
He has served on a number of committees at MIT, including the committees on curricula and on global educational opportunities for MIT undergraduate students. Freeman has received several teaching awards from the school, including the Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Irving M. London Teaching Award.
Freeman is a member of the IEEE Electron Devices Society.
IEEE Fellow David Plant was one of six researchers to receive a Killam Research Fellowship from the Canada Council for the Arts. Close to US $1 million will be shared among the recipients to support their research efforts.
Plant is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at McGill University, in Montreal. He specializes in broadband communications and is working to improve the bandwidth, speed, and power consumption of optical interconnects. Plant and his team pioneered the development of very-large-scale integrated circuit technology for optical interconnects.
He is the IEEE Photonics Society’s vice president of conferences and was general chair of the 2013 IEEE Photonics Conference, held in September in Bellevue, Wash. Plant is a former associate editor of the society’s newsletter and is also a member of the IEEE Communications Society.
IEEE Member Sossena Wood was elected chair of the U.S. National Society of Black Engineers. She is serving a one-year term and is working with the executive director to coordinate the society’s operations. She was national vice chair of the NSBE from June 2012 until April.
Wood is a graduate student researcher and Ph.D. candidate in bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh, where she is helping to develop one of the first anatomically detailed electromagnetic simulations of a human head for ultrahigh-field magnetic resonance imaging.