IEEE Fellow Biswadip “Bobby” Mitra was named worldwide director of industrial systems at Texas Instruments (TI), a global semiconductor and electronics manufacturer with headquarters in Dallas. He will manage engineering, research, and marketing.
Previously he was president and managing director of TI India, which has several locations in that country.
He is a member of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society.
Senior Member Cheryl B. Schrader received the 2013 Distinguished Educator Award from the American Society for Engineering Education. She was recognized for significant contributions to ASEE and to electrical and computer engineering education.
Schrader is chancellor of Missouri University of Science and Technology, in Rolla. She has served on the ASEE Engineering Deans Council, its Engineering Research Council, and its public policy and awards committees.
She is a member of the engineering accreditation commission of ABET, the accrediting body in the United States for academic programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology.
Schrader is a member and past president of the IEEE Control Systems Society. She also belongs to the IEEE Education, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology, and IEEE Industrial Electronics societies.
Member Sivalingam Sivananthan was one of 11 people recognized as a “Champion of Change” recently at the White House. The event highlighted innovators and entrepreneurs who have immigrated to the United States and are helping to create jobs, boost the economy, and make the country more competitive.
Born in Sri Lanka, Sivananthan is a professor and director of the Microphysics Laboratory at the University of Illinois, Chicago, where his research focuses on solar cells and advanced infrared night-vision technology. He is the founder of Sivananthan Laboratories, a research company in Bolingbrook, Ill. He also cofounded Inspire (Institute for Solar Photovoltaic Innovation, Research, and Edu-training) Illinois, a nonprofit organization that promotes research, development, workforce training, and technology commercialization within the state’s solar- and renewable-energy industry.