Achievements: July 2012

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

30 July 2012

Photo: University of Kentucky

The University of Kentucky, in Lexington, presented IEEE Member Jeffrey Ashley with its Henry Mason Lutes Award for outstanding teaching accomplishments. Ashley was cited for “exhibiting excellent teaching over a sustained period of time, having exhibited imagination and exceptional dedication to student needs, and demonstrating the ability to challenge and inspire students.”

A professor at the university for 10 years, Ashley has been teaching computer science and computer engineering. His research areas include manufacturing engineering, systems theory, and reliability engineering.


Photo: University of California, Berkeley

Fellow Randy Katz has been appointed to ConteXtream’s board of advisors. He is providing guidance on technology and the marketplace as the company, in Palo Alto, Calif., develops grid network virtualization software.

Katz is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California, Berkeley, where his research focuses on Internet traffic models in large data centers. He belongs to the IEEE Communications and IEEE Computer societies.


Photo: Harvard

Member Robert J. Wood is one of this year’s two recipients of the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Alan T. Waterman Award, which recognizes outstanding science and engineering researchers who are younger than 35.

Wood was cited for his work in developing a technique for building millimeter-size electromechanical devices. He will receive a US $1 million grant over a five-year period to continue his research—which he and his team plan to apply to robotics and microsurgery.

He is a professor of electrical engineering at Harvard, and a member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society.


The following members were recognized by IEEE societies.

Photo: Iowa State University

IEEE Fellow Carl K. Chang received the IEEE Computer Society’s Richard E. Merin Award for Distinguished Service. Chang was cited for “outstanding contributions and exemplary leadership and service to the IEEE Computer Society and the computing profession.”

A member of the society, Chang served as its president in 2004 and was editor of Computer from 2007 to 2010. He chairs several conferences including the IEEE International Computer Software and Applications Conference.

He is a professor and chair of the computer science department at Iowa State University, in Ames.


Photo: IEEE

The IEEE Computer Society presented Fellow Ronald Fagin with its IEEE W. Wallace McDowell Award. He received the annual award in recognition of his “fundamental and lasting contributions” to database theory.

Fagin has advanced database normalization, the process of organizing the fields and tables in a relational database to minimize redundancy and dependency.

He is manager of the Foundations of Computer Science group at IBM’s Almaden Research Center, in San Jose, Calif.


Photo: Ohio State University

The IEEE Power Electronics Society presented Member Jin Wang with its Richard M. Bass Outstanding Young Power Electronics Engineer Award. The award recognizes “outstanding contributions encompassing a broad range of technical activities including research, innovative product design and application, teaching, and project leadership.”

Wang is an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Ohio State University, in Columbus. His research focuses on high-voltage and high-power converters, integration of renewable energy sources, and electric transportation.

He is a member of the IEEE Industry Applications, IEEE Power Electronics, and IEEE Power & Energy societies.

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