Achievements: May 2008

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

7 May 2008

The National Science Foundation presented Member Masoud Agah with its Faculty Early Career Development Program Award. He will receive a five-year US $400 000 grant to support his research in gas chromatography.

Gas chromatography is the primary technique used to separate and analyze the volatile compounds in gases, liquids, and solids in a variety of scientific, medical, and industrial settings. Current gas chromatography systems are fragile and expensive and are the size of a tabletop. Agah is using microelectromechanical technology to develop his “GC Matrix”—a system that can sit on a surface the size of a credit card.

Agah joined Virginia Polytechnic and State University, in Blacksburg, Va., in 2005 as an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering. Shortly afterward, he established the Microelectromechanical Systems Laboratory there.

He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Sharif University of Technology, in Tehran, in 1996 and 1998. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in circuits and microsystems in 2005 from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.


Associate Member Sanjay Bose was promoted to vice president of substation operations at Con Edison, a gas and electric service company that serves New York City and nearby Westchester County.

As vice president, he will supervise more than 1200 employees who operate and maintain 101 electricity transmission and distribution substations. Before the March promotion, Bose was general manager of substation operations. He has worked for Con Edison since 1986, when he joined as an intern.

Bose earned a bachelor’s degree in power electrical engineering in 1985 from the Birla Institute of Technology, in Ranchi, India.


Fellow Edmund M. Clarke and Affiliate Member E. Allen Emerson are corecipients of the Association for Computer Machinery’s 2007 A.M. Turing Award for their research on a hardware and software verification process known as model checking. Clarke and Emerson, who will share a US $250 000 prize, originally developed the algorithmic model-checking method in 1981.

Clarke is a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh. He is a fellow of the ACM and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1967 from the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville. He went on to earn a master’s degree in mathematics in 1968 from Duke University in Durham, N.C., and a Ph.D. in computer science from Cornell University, in Ithaca, N.Y.

Emerson is a computer science professor at the University of Texas, Austin. He has contributed to six books on model checking and other areas of computer science. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas, in Austin, and a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Harvard University.


Life Fellow Stanley H. Horowitz and Fellow Arun G. Phadke are corecipients of Eta Kappa Nu’s 2007 Vladimir Karapetoff Award for their technical contributions to the field of power-system monitoring, protection, and control.

The engineering honor society’s annual award is given to an electrical engineer who has made an important invention, development, or discovery in the field of electrotechnology. This is the first time two people are sharing the award since its creation in 1992.

Horowitz joined American Electric Power Service Corp., headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, in 1950 as an engineer and retired from there in 1989. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineers. He coauthored a textbook, Power System Protection (IEEE Press, 1998), and has lectured at several U.S. engineering colleges and universities. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1949 from the City College of New York, in New York City.

Phadke is a professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, in Blacksburg. He is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

He received a bachelor of science degree in 1955 from Agra University (now Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar University), in India, and a bachelor’s degree in technology in 1959 from the Indian Institute of Technology, in Khargpur. He went on to earn a master’s in electrical engineering in 1961 from the Illinois Institute of Technology, in Chicago, and a Ph.D. in 1964 from the University of Wisconsin, in Madison.


The Association for Computer Machinery honored its past president and IEEE Fellow David Patterson with its 2007 Distinguished Service Award for “service to ACM and the computing community, especially in the areas of education, national committees, and professional societies.”

Patterson is a professor of computer science at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also founder of the university’s Reliable, Adaptive Distributed Systems Laboratory, which focuses on the design of dependable computing systems. He also has coauthored five books on computer architecture.

He received bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, all from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1969, 1970, and 1976.


Thomas Silliman, affiliate member, and Tony Uyttendaele, a former IEEE member, received the 2008 National Association of Broadcasters’ Engineering Achievement Award.

Silliman is president of Electronics Research Inc., a manufacturer of commercial and telecommunications broadcast products, headquartered in Chandler, Ind. An expert climber, he sometimes works more than 420 meters above the street to repair the electrical connections of an FM antenna atop the transmission tower on the Empire State Building in New York. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering in 1969 and 1970 from Cornell University, in Ithaca, N.Y.

Uyttendaele worked for the ABC television network in New York for 25 years, where he helped create 720p hardware, a video format used in the production and transmission of signals for high-definition TV. He retired in 2000 but continues to consult for the network. He earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the National Radio and Film Institute in Brussels, Belgium.

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