Member Recognitions: October 2008

The following members were honored by other organizations

6 October 2008

Fellow William M. Carey has been awarded the Pioneers of Underwater Acoustics Medal by the Acoustical Society of America. He was cited for his contributions in understanding and defining the limits of acoustic-array performance in the ocean, primarily developing and using acoustic arrays and characterizing oceanic background noise.

Carey, a professor of mechanical engineering at Boston University, has been a key contributor to the study of underwater acoustics for nearly 40 years. He also researched acoustic arrays at MIT’s Advanced Research Projects Agency. In 2000 he received the IEEE Millennium Award, and in 1999 the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society Distinguished Technical Achievement Award.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1965, a master’s in physics in 1968, and a doctorate in nuclear science in 1974, all from the Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C.


Member Domingo Figueredo was appointed vice president of engineering at ParkerVision Inc., a designer of semiconductor amplifiers for multimode wireless applications, in Jacksonville, Fla. He will be in charge of product development.

Figueredo had been vice president of the Analog Business Unit of Hitachi Semiconductor America, in San Jose, Calif., for the past six years.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne in 1978 and a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering in 1981 from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Senior Member Hugh J. McDermott is the first recipient of the Callier Prize in Communication Disorders, awarded by the University of Texas at Dallas. He was cited for leadership in fostering scientific advances in the diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders. McDermott has researched and developed new and improved sound-processing schemes for cochlear implants and hearing aids.

He is a professor of auditory communication and is a principal research Fellow at the University of Melbourne’s Department of Otolaryngology, in Australia. He is now working on a three-year research grant from the Royal National Institute for Deaf People in Cambridge, England, to improve speech perception.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in electronics in 1981 and master’s and doctoral degrees in engineering from the University of Melbourne in 1982 and 1984.


Member Tom Mikkelsen has been named chief technology officer for Broadcast Facilities Inc., headquartered in Los Angeles. He will be responsible for managing the company’s engineering functions as well as overseeing the expansion of BFI’s Andrita Media Center, also in Los Angeles and considered the largest independent production and digital media facility on the West Coast. He was formerly senior director of broadcast operations at MediaFLO USA Inc., in San Diego.

Mikkelsen earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial management in 1978 from Peru State College, in Nebraska.


Member Jean-Denis Pelletier was appointed to the board of directors of the Canadian Transportation Agency, in Ottawa, Ont., which oversees a wide range of matters involving Canada’s air, rail, and marine transportation.

He had been a commissioner and administrator since 2005 at the Commission of Transportation of Quebec.

Pelletier earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1967 from the University of Sherbrooke at Quebec and a master’s degree in transportation engineering in 1969 from the Polytechnic School at the University of Montreal.

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