Achievements: February 2015

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

27 February 2015

Fellow Miroslav M. Begovic was named head of the electrical and computer engineering department at Texas A&M University, in College Station.

Previously he was a professor of electrical engineering and chair of the Electrical Energy Technical Interest Group at Georgia Tech. Begovic’s research interests include wide-area monitoring, smart grid technology, and sustainable and resilient energy infrastructure.

He is a past president of the IEEE Power & Energy Society, and a member of the IEEE Circuits and Systems and IEEE Computer societies.


Fellow Ali Jadbabaie was appointed interim director of the Sociotechnical Systems Research Center at MIT.

Jadbabaie was previously a visiting scientist at the Laboratory for Information Decision Systems at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. His research interests include network science and decision and control theory.

He is a member of the IEEE Control Systems and IEEE Robotics and Automation societies as well as the IEEE Young Professionals group.


Senior Member Keijo Nikoskinen was named dean of the School of Electrical Engineering at Aalto University, in Espoo, Finland.

He is a professor of radio science and engineering at the university, where his research focuses on electromagnetics and numerical methods. Nikoskinen is a member of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society.


Member Khurram Sheikh was named chief strategy and technology officer at Silicon Image, a semiconductor manufacturer in Sunnyvale, Calif. He is responsible for overseeing corporate and business development, as well as industry standards activities.

Previously he was CEO of JKSFS, a communications technology start-up, in San Clemente, Calif.


The following members were recognized by IEEE societies.

Fellow Wen-Mei Hwu received the IEEE Computer Society’s B. Ramakrishna Rau Award. The award, which honors the late computer pioneer, recognizes significant accomplishments in the field of microarchitecture and compiler code generation.

Hwu was honored for “contributions to instruction-level parallelism technology, including compiler optimization, program representation, microarchitecture, and applications.” Instruction-level parallelism is a measure of how many operations a computer program can perform simultaneously.

He is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Hwu is a member of the IEEE Computer Society.


Senior Member Thinagaran Perumal received the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society’s 2014 Early Career Award. The annual award recognizes an individual who has made a substantial contribution in the field of consumer electronics in the early stages of his or her career.

Chair of the society’s Malaysia Chapter, Perumal was honored for his contributions to the chapter as well as his research in smart-home systems. While earning his Ph.D. in 2012 from the Universiti Putra Malaysia, in Seri Kembangan, he conducted fundamental research in interoperability among various mobile devices in smart homes.

He is a member of the IEEE Computer and Consumer Electronics societies, as well as the IEEE Standards Association and the IEEE Young Professionals group.

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