Achievements: November 2015

Several IEEE members have been recognized for appointments and awards

26 November 2015

Senior Member Rob Biagiotti was named vice president and chief customer officer of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. (BGE), Maryland’s largest utility. Previously, Biagiotti was BGE’s vice president of gas distribution. He is a member of the IEEE Power & Energy Society.


Senior Member Rajit Manohar was named a Weiss Fellow at Cornell. Established by Stephen H. Weiss, former chair of the Cornell University Board of Trustees, Weiss Presidential Fellowships recognize faculty members for distinguished teaching and mentoring of undergraduate students.

Manohar is a professor of engineering at Cornell and associate dean for academic affairs at Cornell Tech, the university’s technology-focused graduate school, in New York City.


Member Woody E. McOmber was named vice president of Burns and McDonnell, an engineering design firm based in Kansas City, Mo. Previously, he was department manager at the company’s transmission and distribution global office, in Houston.

McOmber is a member of the IEEE Power & Energy Society.


Fellow G. Satheesh Reddy received the Silver Medal from the Royal Aeronautical Society, a British research institution. The medal recognizes work that contributes to major advances or contributions in the aerospace field. Reddy was honored for his research in navigation and avionics technologies.

He is scientific advisor to Raksha Mantri, head of India’s Ministry of Defense. Reddy is also director of the Research Centre Imarat, a defense technology hub in Hyderabad, India. There, he is in charge of the design and development of inertial sensors, satellite navigation systems, missile components, and calibration techniques.


Senior Member Greg Shannon was named assistant director of cybersecurity strategy in the U.S. National Security and International Affairs Division of the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy, the department responsible for advising the president on science and technology policy.

He is chief scientist at CERT, part of the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute, in Pittsburgh, where he has partnered with government, academia, law enforcement, and industry to develop methods and tools to deal with cyberthreats. Shannon is the former chair of the IEEE Cybersecurity Initiative.


Senior Member Jill Tietjen is the first CEO of the U.S. National Women’s Hall of Fame, in Seneca Falls, N.Y. The hall honors women who have made contributions to the arts, athletics, business, education, government, the humanities, philanthropy, and science.

Tietjen is director of the boards of two companies: Georgia Transmission Corp., a utility based in Tucker, and Merrick and Co., an engineering design firm in Greenwood, Colo. She also writes a column about the accomplishments of women for The Huffington Post. Tietjen is a member of the IEEE Women in Engineering affinity group.

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