Member Recognitions: July 2008

The following members were recently honored by other organizations

8 July 2008

Fellow David Allstot has been named Texas Instruments Distinguished Chair in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Texas, Dallas.

He was previously a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle, where he held the Boeing-Egvedt Chair and directed the school’s System-On-Chip Laboratory. He is president-elect of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society.

A specialist in analog technology, he received a bachelor’s degree in engineering science in 1969 from the University of Portland in Oregon. He went on to earn a master’s in electrical engineering in 1974 from Oregon State University, in Corvallis, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science in 1979 from the University of California, Berkeley.


Clarkson University, in Potsdam, N.Y., has named Fellow Susan E. Conry Distinguished Service Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Conry has taught electrical and computer engineering at Clark since 1977. Her research interests include distributed artificial intelligence and parallel and distributed systems.

She is a member of the executive committee of the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, the organization that accredits university science, engineering, and technology programs, and a member of the administrative committee of the IEEE Education Society.


Member Gottfried Fischer was recognized in the 2007 edition of Cambridge Who’s Who for excellence in electrical and computer engineering education. A registry of executive, professional, and entrepreneur biographies, the book recognizes career achievements.

Fischer is a computer engineering professor and director of the graduate program in electrical, computer, and biomedical engineering at the University of Rhode Island, in Kingston. He is an expert in mixed-signal IC design, low-power CMOS circuits, analog and digital filters, data converters, and phase-locked loops.

He received his master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, in 1978 and 1985.


The Franklin Institute, in Philadelphia, has presented awards to two IEEE members.

Fellow Takeo Kanade received the Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science. He was cited for “a lifetime of ground-breaking contributions to robotics, which have contributed to numerous real-world applications including robotic vision and 3-D virtual worlds from 2-D images and medical technology.”

Kanade is a professor of computer science and robotics at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh. He is also director of the school’s Quality of Life Technology Engineering Research Center. He works in several areas of robotics, including autonomous mobile robots, computer vision, and sensors.

Kanade received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering in 1968, 1970, and 1973, all from Kyoto University, in Japan.

Life Fellow Judea Pearl received the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Cognitive Science for “advancing the world of artificial intelligence by allowing computers to uncover associations and connections within millions of data points.”

Pearl is a computer science professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests include artificial intelligence, probabilistic and causal reasoning, nonstandard logic, and learning strategies.

He received a bachelor’s degree in engineering in 1960 from Technion Israel Institute of Technology, in Haifa, and a master’s degree in physics in 1965 from Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, N.J. He also earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering that year from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, in New York City.


IEEE Fellow Thomas Katsouleas was named dean of the Pratt School of Engineering, effective 1 July.

Katsouleas was previously a professor of electrical engineering and electrophysics at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, and the school’s vice provost for information services. His research focuses on the application of plasma physics to improve and miniaturize particle accelerators, devices that accelerate subatomic particles to high speeds in a controlled manner. He is the associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science and Plasma Physics.

Katsouleas earned bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in physics from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1979 and 1984.


The University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering honored Life Fellow Marlin H. Mickle with its Distinguished Alumni Award.

Mickle is a professor of electrical and computer engineering and telecommunications at the university and also directs the school’s Radio Frequency Identification Center for Excellence.

Mickle is active in the area of energy harvesting and its applications. He is coauthor and coeditor of more than 20 books and has over 125 publications in refereed journals, conference proceedings, and elsewhere. He holds patents on a magnetically levitated gyro, a gyro optical sensor, and energy harvesting and antennas on a CMOS chip. His work led to the establishment of an ANSI RFID standard at 915 megahertz.

Mickle earned bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1961, 1963, and 1967.


Fellow Aaron K. Oki received the 2008 Asian-American Engineer of the Year award for his contributions to science, engineering, and his community.

The awards are presented by the Chinese Institute of Engineers to Asian-American professionals in academia, public service, and industry for their personal achievements and contributions to their institution, communities, and country.

Oki is a technical fellow and deputy director of microelectronics at Northrop Grumman’s Space Technology Sector, in Redondo Beach, Calif. He leads a 300-member team in the development and production of advanced compound-semiconductor technologies.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1983 from the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, and a master’s degree, also in electrical engineering, in 1985 from the University of California, Berkeley.


In April, the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in Massachusetts, appointed Fellow John Orr as its provost and senior vice president.

As provost, he oversees the university’s academic and research programs. In his role as senior vice president, he is the senior member of the president’s staff, responsible for reviewing the undergraduate curriculum and recruiting and retaining faculty members.

Orr has taught electrical and computer engineering at WPI since 1977 and was dean of the university’s undergraduate studies. His research interests include communications, digital signal processing, image analysis and pattern recognition, and power quality.

He earned his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 1969 and 1977. He received a master’s degree in EE in 1970 from Stanford University.


Senior Member George Pappas was appointed in January the deputy dean of engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Since 2000, he has been an associate professor of electrical and systems engineering at the school. His research focuses on control theory, hybrid and embedded systems, hierarchical and distributed control systems with applications to unmanned aerial vehicles, flight management systems, distributed robotics, and biomolecular networks.

He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer and systems engineering in 1991 and 1992 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, N.Y. He earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer sciences in 1988 from the University of California, Berkeley.


The Optical Society of America has presented Senior Member Barry Shoop with its 2008 OSA Leadership Award–New Focus/Bookham Prize. He was cited for his leadership in furthering optics education and humanitarian purposes, including founding the first engineering school in Afghanistan, and for his activities in the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, a U.S. military task force that trains soldiers to detect and disarm improvised explosive devices in Iraq.

Shoop is a colonel with the U.S. Army Signal Corps and director of the electrical engineering program at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. In 2005 he helped establish the National Military Academy of Afghanistan, in Kabul. The school, whose program is based on the curriculum at West Point, trains officers for the Afghan National Army.

He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1980 from Pennsylvania State University, in University Park, and earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering in 1986 from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, in Monterey, Calif. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1992 from Stanford University and a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies in 2002 from the U.S. Naval War College, in Newport, R.I.


Fellow Fawwaz Ulaby has been named founding provost and executive vice president of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, in Thuwai, Saudi Arabia. Projected to open in 2009, the school is a graduate-level scientific research university focusing on applied mathematics, bioscience and bioengineering, computational science, environmental science, and materials science.

Ulaby is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is also editor in chief of Proceedings of the IEEE.

He received his bachelor’s degree in physics in 1964 from the American University of Beirut, in Lebanon. He earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1968 from the University of Texas, Austin.


The University of Macau, China, has appointed Fellow Zhao Wei as its rector. He will begin serving a five-year term during the next academic year.

He is currently dean of the school of science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. His areas of interest include distributed computing, real-time systems, computer networks, and cyberspace security.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in physics in 1977 from Saanxi National University, in Xi’an, China. He went on to receive master’s and doctoral degrees in computer and information sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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