Achievements: May 2015

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

28 May 2015

Member Hui Cao received the 2014 Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics. The award, named for the laser scientist and Nobel laureate, recognizes contributions to physics and technology. 

Cao is a professor of applied physics at Yale, where she studies controlled light transport, light scattering, and light absorption in complex photonic nanostructures. She developed the first ultraviolet photonic crystal laser, which produces widely tunable continuous light.

She is a member of the IEEE Photonics Society.


Fellow Chennupati Jagadish received the 2014 Walter Boas Medal from the Australian Institute of Physics. The award is named for the German-Australian pioneer in metallurgy. Jagadish was honored for contributions to the fields of compound semiconductor optoelectronics and nanotechnology.

He is a professor of physics and head of the Semiconductor Optoelectronics and Nanotechnology Group at Australia National University, in Canberra, where his research focuses on materials growth, novel semiconductor processing methods, and the fabrication of optoelectronic devices.

Jagadish is a member of the IEEE Electron Devices and Photonics societies as well as the IEEE Nanotechnology Council.


Senior Member Aydogan Ozcan was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute professor. A nonprofit in Chevy Chase, Md., HHMI funds biological and medical research. The title comes with a US $1 million grant to be used over five years to pursue interdisciplinary research and creative approaches to undergraduate education.

Ozcan is a professor of physics and head of the Bio- and Nano-Photonics Laboratory at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he develops portable, cost-effective photonics tools for microscopy, sensing, and medical diagnosis. He is also associate director of UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute.

Ozcan is a member of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology and IEEE Photonics societies as well as the IEEE Young Professionals group.


Member James Williamson received the 2015 Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award from the committee planning the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day, which takes place each year on 14 October. Named for the late U.S. Secretary of Commerce, the award recognizes leadership in promoting the role of standardization in eliminating barriers to global trade.

Williamson is being honored for numerous contributions to standards development, including serving as chair of the Consumer Electronics Association’s A/V (Audio/Visual) Home Networks Subcommittee and belonging to its International Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the IEEE Standards Association board of governors as well as its Corporate Advisory Group. Williamson helped develop the 1394-2008 IEEE Standard for a High-Performance Serial Bus and the 1625-2008 IEEE Standards for Rechargeable Batteries for Multi-Cell Computing Devices.

He is a guitarist for the punk rock band Iggy and the Stooges. Williamson left the band in the late 1970s and rejoined in 2009 when he retired as an electronics engineer at Sony.


The following members were recognized by IEEE societies.

Life Fellow Paul D. Dapkus received the 2015 John Tyndall Award. Sponsored jointly by the IEEE Photonics Society and the Optical Society, the annual award goes to an individual who has made strides in optical-fiber technology.

Named for the physics pioneer, the award recognizes significant contributions to the field of fiber optics. Dapkus was cited for “pioneering and sustained contributions to the development of metal organic chemical vapor deposition and high-performance quantum-well semiconductor lasers.”

He is a professor of electrical engineering, physics, and astronomy at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles. His current research focuses on semiconductor nanostructures and their application to photonic materials and devices.

Dapkus is a member of the IEEE Electron Devices and IEEE Photonics societies.


Fellow Georgios B. Giannakis received the 2015 Fourier Award for Signal Processing. The award is presented jointly by the IEEE Circuits and Systems and IEEE Signal Processing societies. He was honored for contributions to the theory and practice of statistical signal processing and its application to wireless communications.

Giannakis is a professor of wireless communications and director of the Digital Technology Center at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. His research deals with networking and signal processing, estimation and detection theory, time-series analysis, and system identification.

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