The Marconi Society, which honors scientific contributions in the field of communications, presented IEEE Member Himanshu Asnani with its 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.”
Asnani, 27, was recognized for contributions to point-to-point multiterminal channel and source coding. He has also helped develop new feedback communication models in which a transmitter and receiver can drive feedback acquisition.
He is a systems engineer at Ericsson, in San Jose, Calif.
Senior Member H.M. Hashemian has been named a fellow of the American Nuclear Society for “exceptional contributions and achievements to the advancement of nuclear science and technology through the years.”
With more than 35 years in the field, Hashemian has developed instrumentation and control-testing and analysis equipment that have been installed in almost every nuclear power plant in the United States, as well as many in Asia and Europe.
He is president and CEO of Analysis and Measurement Services Corp., a company in Knoxville, Tenn., that offers laboratory, field-testing, and calibration services for the process and power industries.
Member Edward I. Moses was appointed president of the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization, in Pasadena, Calif.
GMTO manages the Giant Magellan Telescope, an optical telescope currently being built at the Las Campanas Observatory in the Atacama Desert region of Chile, about 100 kilometers northeast of La Serena. The telescope will be used to characterize planets that revolve around stars other than the sun, measure the masses of black holes, and explore dark matter and dark energy. The organization plans to complete the project in 2020.
Previously, Moses was principal associate director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, in Berkeley, Calif.
Fellow Ya-Qin Zhang was appointed president of Baidu, a Chinese-language Internet service provider, in Beijing.
Previously, Zhang was corporate vice president and chair of Microsoft Research Asia, in Beijing, where he led research projects in digital video, Internet, and multimedia, and wireless communications.
The IEEE Computer Society recognized two of its members with awards.
Life Fellow Gordon Bell received the society’s Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award. Named after the pioneer of supercomputing, the award comes with a US $10,000 honorarium.
Bell was recognized for “exceptional contributions in designing computer systems that significantly changed high-performance computing.” He was also honored for his contributions to virtual address extension, or VAX—an instruction-set architecture that he helped develop in the mid-1970s when he was vice president of Digital Equipment Corp., in Maynard, Mass.
Bell was a researcher emeritus at Microsoft Silicon Valley, in Mountain View, Calif., until the facility closed in September.
Affiliate Member Satoshi Matsuoka received the society’s Sidney Fernbach Award. Named after another high-performance computing pioneer, the award comes with a US $2,000 honorarium.
Matsuoka was recognized for his work on software systems intended for high-performance computing on advanced infrastructure platforms, large-scale computers, and heterogeneous supercomputers.
He is a professor of computer science at Tokyo Institute of Technology’s Global Scientific Information and Computing Center. He is also leader of the Tsubame supercomputer project. Deployed in 2006, the Tsubame1 remains the fastest supercomputer in Japan.