Achievements: October 2012

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

26 October 2012

achieve_bluvband Photo: ALD Group

SAE International, a nonprofit scientific research institute in Princeton, N.J., presented two IEEE members with its Elmer A. Sperry Award, which recognizes “development and implementation of novel methods and tools for the advancement of dependability and safety in transportation.”

Member Zigmund Bluvband [pictured] is founder and president of the Advanced Logistics Development Group, a consultancy in Tel Aviv that specializes in safety and reliability analysis software for aviation and rail transportation.

Life Senior Member Herbert Hecht [not pictured] is founder and chief engineer of Sohar Inc., a developer of reliability analysis, safety, and failure analysis software in Culver City, Calif. He is a member of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems, Computer, and Reliability societies.


IEEE Member Lanny S. Thomas received Georgia Tech’s Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, which recognizes those who have made “distinguished contributions to the profession, field, institute, or society at large.”

Thomas is president and chair of Allison Smith, a consultancy in Atlanta, that specializes in power-control, fiber optic–transmission, and high-speed copper networking systems. An electrical engineer, he helped design industrial power systems for the World Congress Center and the Hartsfield-Jackson airport, both in Atlanta.


The following members were recognized by IEEE societies.

achieve_botman Photo: IEEE

The IEEE Computer Society presented its member Pieter Botman with its Meritorious Service Award. He was recognized for “outstanding leadership” as chair of the geographic unit operations committee of the IEEE Computer Society member and geographic activities board.

Botman is a software engineering consultant in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. He was previously a member of the IEEE Computer Society’s professional activities board and was vice chair of IEEE Member and Geographic Activities in 2010 and 2011.


achieve_kurtz Photo: NREL

Sarah Kurtz, a member of the IEEE Electron Devices Society, received its 2012 William R. Cherry Award. Named for photovoltaic pioneer Cherry, the award recognizes advances in photovoltaic energy conversion. Kurtz was honored for her “leadership in launching super efficient multijunction solar cells.”

She is a physicist at the U.S. Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in Golden, Colo. She advocated the first use of multijunction solar cells, which were found to capture and convert photons into electricity more efficiently than other structures.

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