Achievements: September 2011

The following IEEE members were recognized recently for their work by other organizations

8 September 2011
ac_May Photo: Georgia Tech

Fellow Gary S. May was named dean of Georgia Tech’s college of engineering, where he has been a professor of microelectronics since 1991.

May is chair of the college’s Facilitating Academic Careers in Engineering and Science program, which encourages African-American students to consider careers in technology. He is founder of Georgia Tech’s Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering/Science program, a 10-week session that encourages minority students to attend graduate school in those fields. His technical interests are in computer-aided manufacturing of ICs and other electronic devices. May is the first African-American dean at Georgia Tech.

He is a member of the IEEE Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology Society and the Computational Intelligence, Computer, and Electron Devices societies.

May received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1985 from Georgia Tech. He earned master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1987 and 1991.

ac_Ramadoarai Photo: India Chamber of Commerce

Fellow Subramanian Ramadorai has been appointed an adviser to India’s prime minister, working with the National Development Council to help the country’s students develop skills in such areas as technology, finance, and rural development.

Ramadorai is chair of Tata Elxsi, a company in Bangalore that designs software, embedded systems, and consumer electronics. He is also vice chair of Tata Consultancy Services, an IT service provider with headquarters in Mumbai, where he was CEO from 1996 to 2009. Under his leadership, TCS grew from 6000 employees to more than 143 000 employees and consultants working in 42 countries. He is a member of the IEEE Communications and Computer societies.

Ramadorai received a bachelor’s degree in physics from Delhi University. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a master’s degree in computer science, both from the University of California, Los Angeles.

ac_Viterbi Photo: University of Southern California

Life Fellow Andrew J. Viterbi received the American Association of Engineering Society’s 2011 John Fritz Medal, the society’s highest honor. Named after a pioneer of mechanical engineering, the award is given each year to an engineer for a significant achievement in science. Viterbi was chosen for “innovations and achievements in information and communications systems, and for discovering the Viterbi algorithm.”

He is president of the Viterbi Group, an equity investment fund in San Diego. In 1985, Viterbi helped found Qualcomm, a wireless telecommunications R&D company that is now the world’s largest fabless chip supplier, also in San Diego. In 1967, he invented the programming algorithm for eliminating signal interference that now bears his name.

Viterbi is a member of the IEEE Communications and Information Theory societies. He was awarded the 2010 IEEE Medal of Honor for “seminal contributions to communications technology and theory.”

He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from MIT in 1956 and 1957. He earned a Ph.D. in digital communications in 1963 from the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles.

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