Achievements: November 2011

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

18 November 2011

achie_avouris Photo: IBM

IEEE Senior Member Phaedon Avouris received the David Turnbull Lectureship award from the worldwide Materials Research Society. The award recognizes a scientist who has made “outstanding contributions to the understanding of materials phenomena and properties through research, writing, and lecturing.” As part of the lectureship, Avouris is scheduled to give a technical talk at a society meeting on 29 November in Boston.


Avouris is an IBM Fellow and manager of the company’s neuroscience and nanotechnology department at the T.J. Watson Research Center, in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. His research focuses on carbon nanotubes and graphene for electronics and photonics applications.



achie_elkeib Photo: Radio France Internationale

Libya’s National Transitional Council selected IEEE Senior Member Abdurrahim El-Keib as acting prime minister on 31 October. He received 26 out of 51 votes and was chosen from a pool of 10 candidates.

El-Keib is serving as the country’s leader while the council prepares for a national election to elect a new government in the wake of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s death on 20 October.

El Keib was born in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, and earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Tripoli, in 1973. He came to the United States after being exiled under Gaddafi’s rule. He earned a PhD. in electrical power engineering in 1984 at North Carolina State University, in Raleigh. El-Keib was an electrical and computer engineering professor for more than two decades at the University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa, and director of the university’s Energy Systems and Power Quality Center. He has taught at several other universities, including the Petroleum Institute, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

He is a member of the IEEE Power & Energy and Industry Applications societies. An active IEEE volunteer, he has served as chair of Educational Activities for the IEEE United Arab Emirates section.


achie_hermance Photo: Eastern Technology Council

Member Frank S. Hermance was named director of UGI Corp., a gas and electric utility in King of Prussia, Pa.


Previously Hermance was chief executive and chair of Ametek, a manufacturer of electric motors and electronic instruments in Berwyn, Pa. He is chair of the Greater Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (known as PACT), an organization of information technology, renewable energy, and life science companies.



achie_hurd Photo: Clarkson University

Life Member William J. Hurd received the Golden Knight Award from Clarkson University, in Potsdam, N.Y. The university’s highest alumni honor, the award is presented annually to one or more alumni who have “demonstrated outstanding career achievement, bringing distinction to themselves and to Clarkson.”


Hurd recently retired from his position as supervisor of the digital systems research group at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, Calif. During his 40 years at JPL, he worked on deep space communications and position location systems.


He is a member of the IEEE Communications Society.



achie_brekken Photo: IEEE Power & Energy Society

The IEEE Power & Energy Society presented awards to its following members:


Member Ted K.A. Brekken received the IEEE PES Outstanding Young Engineer Award. He was cited “for outstanding contributions in the leadership of technical society activities, leadership in community and humanitarian activities, and evidence of technical competence.”


Brekken is assistant professor of energy systems at Oregon State University, in Corvallis, and codirector of the university’s Wallace Energy Systems and Renewables Facility, which focuses on power electronics, hybrid and electric vehicles, power systems, and renewable energy. He is also a member of the IEEE Control Systems, Industry Applications, and Power Electronics societies.



achie_dommel Photo: IEEE Power & Energy Society

Life Fellow Hermann W. Dommel received the PES IEEE Charles Concordia Power Systems Engineering Award. He was cited for “contributions to the electrical engineering profession worldwide in the education, developing tools, and advanced application of electromagnetic transient phenomena in electric power system networks.”


Dommel is a professor emeritus in the department of electrical engineering at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.



achie_overbye Photo: IEEE Power & Energy Society

Fellow Thomas J. Overbye received the IEEE PES Power Engineering Educator Award for “electric power engineering education innovation and leadership.”


Overbye, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, is cofounder of PowerWorld Corp., a developer in Champaign of power systems simulation and educational software.



achie_smallwood Photo: IEEE Power & Energy Society

Senior Member Cameron Smallwood received the IEEE PES Douglas M. Staszesky Distribution Automation Award “in recognition of significant contributions to research and development of automation of electrical delivery systems.”


Smallwood is senior vice president of cooperative planning for United Cooperative Services, an electric utility in Cleburne, Texas, that serves northern Texas. He also belongs to the IEEE Industry Applications Society and the IEEE Standards Association.



achie_taylor Photo: IEEE Power & Energy Society

Senior Member Lee Taylor received the IEEE PES Award for Excellence in Power Distribution Engineering “for vision and innovation in electric distribution reliability, and for sharing this vision and innovation with his friends and colleagues in the electric utility industry.”


Taylor is lead distribution reliability engineer at Duke Energy, a gas and electric utility in Charlotte, N.C., that serves parts of Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and South Carolina as well as North Carolina.


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