Member Recognitions: November 2008

The following members were honored by other organizations

7 November 2008

Senior Member Ali Abdi received the 2008 New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame Innovators Award for discovering new communication channels and inventing a technique to transmit data through these channels.

Abdi is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, in Newark. His current research interests include digital communication and propagation modeling in wireless underwater, terrestrial, and satellite channels.

He served as the associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology from 2002 to 2007.

Abdi earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis.


Fellow Andrew Blanchard has been named vice provost of the University of Texas at Dallas. In his new position, he will head the academic departments at the university.

He has been a professor of electrical engineering at the school since 2001 and has served as senior associate dean of the engineering school for the past four years. In 2003, while on leave from the university, he served as vice president of technology for Clean Earth Technologies, a digital technology developer based in St. Louis.

Earlier Blanchard served as director of research for the College of Engineering at the University of Missouri, in Columbia, until 2000. From 1989 to 1995, he was the director of the Strategic Technology and Research Center in Topeka, Kan., which was established to promote technology-based economic development.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1972 from Southwestern Louisiana University, in Hammond, and a master’s degree in electrical engineering in 1974 from Colorado State University at Boulder. He received a doctorate in electrical engineering in 1977 from Texas A&M University, College Station.


Senior Member James Grote was named a 2008 fellow of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio. He was cited for outstanding contributions to the Air Force and the U.S. Department of Defense. He developed optical interconnects for communications networks, which are now part of parallel high-speed transceivers in military information systems.

Grote has been a researcher for the laboratory since 1978, working on ring laser gyros that rely on interference of laser light to detect changes within the light. His work has been cited in more than 100 publications, 7 patents, and 15 books. He is also a fellow of the Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers.


Senior Member Ganesh Kumar Venayagamoorthy has been named a fellow of the Institution of Engineering Technology, an international professional society based in Great Britain.

Venayagamoorthy has been an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering since 2002 at Missouri University of Science and Technology, in Rolla. Prior to joining the university, he was a senior lecturer at the Durban Institute of Technology, in South Africa. He also serves as director of the university’s Real-Time Power and Intelligent Systems Laboratory, which is dedicated to applied research in power systems.

The The Office of Naval Research, in Arlington, Va., presented Venayagamoorthy with a Young Investigator Award, which recognizes the work of young engineers, in 2006.

Venayagamoorthy earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering in 1994 from the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, in Bauchi, Nigeria. He also received master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering in 1999 and 2000, from the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa.

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