Senior Member Gregory Peterson was named project director of the National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He will continue as a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the school—a post he has held since 2000.
Funded by the National Science Foundation, NICS is home to Kraken, the most powerful computer in the world operated by a university.
Peterson’s research interests include emerging computing architectures, parallel processing, computational science, and computer performance evaluation.
Fellow Sarah Rajala was named dean of the College of Engineering at Iowa State University, in Ames.
She moves from her position as dean of engineering at Mississippi State University, in Oxford. She is chair of the Global Engineering Deans Council, a network of engineering deans working to promote engineering education and research. She was also president of the American Society for Engineering Education in 2008 and 2009.
Fellow Shlomo Shamai was elected a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. The academy comprises about 100 Israeli scholars who help the government select research projects to fund and publish, and create partnerships with international academic organizations.
Shamai is a professor of electrical engineering at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, in Haifa. His research focuses on information theory and statistical communications.
He is a member of the IEEE Communications, Information Theory, Signal Processing, and Vehicular Technology societies. Shamai is also on the board of governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society and serves as an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Information Theory.