Member Recognitions: August 2008

These IEEE members recently were recognized for their work by other organizations

8 August 2008

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), in Washington, D.C., has named five IEEE members as Fellows—a distinction given to those who have been ASEE members for at least 10 years and have made valuable contributions to engineering education.

IEEE Life Fellow Ted Batchman is dean of engineering at the University of Nevada in Reno. He earned bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering, in 1962, 1963, and 1966, from the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

Fellow John Enderle is a program director and professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biomedical engineering, another master’s degree in electrical and systems engineering, and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering in 1975, 1977, 1978, and 1980—all from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, N.Y.

Frank Huband, a life member, is executive director of the ASEE. Huband received a bachelor’s degree in physics and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Cornell University, in Ithaca, N.Y., in 1961 and 1967. He went on to earn a law degree in 1975 from Yale University.

Member Lakshmi Munukutla is chair of the department of electronic systems at Arizona State University in Mesa. She received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, physics, and chemistry and a master’s degree in nuclear physics from Andhra University, in Visakhapatnam, India. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in solid-state physics from Ohio University, Athens.

Conrad Newberry, an affiliate member, is professor emeritus of aeronautics and astronautics at the Naval Postgraduate School, in Monterey, Calif., and a professor emeritus of aerospace engineering at Caltech. He received a master’s degree in 1971 from California State College (now California State University) in Los Angeles. He later earned a master’s degree in education in 1985 from California State.


The American Association of Engineering Societies presented Member Donald B. Chaffin with its National Engineering Award.

He was cited for his “inspirational leadership and devotion to the improvement of industrial operations, biomedical engineering education, and the advancement of the engineering profession, as well as to the development of national policies for the protection of worker safety and health.”

Chaffin is a professor emeritus of industrial and operations engineering and biomedical engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He also founded the university’s Human Motion Simulation Laboratory.

He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the General Motors Institute (now Kettering University), in Flint, Mich. He earned a Ph.D. in industrial engineering in 1967 from the University of Michigan.


Senior Member Edward R. “Randy” Collins has been named associate dean of undergraduate and international studies in the College of Engineering at Clemson University, in South Carolina.

Collins has been a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Clemson since 1989. His research focuses on power quality—specifically on the impact of electric power system disturbances on industrial process equipment.

He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1984 from North Carolina State University, Raleigh. He earned a Ph.D., also in electrical engineering, in 1989 from Georgia Tech.


Accellera, an organization that develops standards for electronic design automation and IC design and manufacturing, gave Member Bruce Cory its 2008 Technical Excellence Award. He was cited for his commitment in chairing Accellera’s Open Compression Interface technical subcommittee and leading IEEE’s OCI standardization efforts.

Accellera and IEEE are working to standardize how data is passed from logic insertion to pattern generation in on-chip scan compression.

Cory is design-for-test manager at NVIDIA, a company based in Santa Clara, Calif., that manufactures integrated circuits used for personal-computer motherboard chip sets, graphics processing units, and game consoles. He is also chair of the IEEE P1450.6.1 Open Compression Interface working group, which replaced Accellera’s OCI technical subcommittee.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1991 in computer engineering from Iowa State University, Ames.


Senior Member Jacob Fainguelernt received Texas Instruments’ Digital Signal Processing Educator Award for “contributions to innovations in embedded, real-time signal processing education.”

He is a professor of electrical engineering at Tel-Aviv University. There, he helped create new digital signal processing labs, introduced DSP-related techniques into power-supply design, and taught the application of real-time video and audio processing algorithms.

Fainguelernt received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Technion–the Israel Institute of Technology in 1979 and 1983. He earned a master’s degree in business administration in 1995 from Tel Aviv University.


The Nevada System of Higher Education Research Affairs Council has appointed Member James Henson the project director for a national research program.

The U.S. Department of Defense Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research is intended to increase defense-related research projects in states that historically have not received much funding from DOD agencies. As part of the program, the department will grant Nevada more than US $4 million for research projects. In his new role, Henson will help choose which projects to fund.

He is an associate chair of the electrical and biomedical engineering department at the University of Nevada in Reno. Since he joined the faculty in 1991, he has served as principal investigator on several federally funded projects, many of which have dealt with high-resolution military imaging radar simulation and analysis. He has also worked with the U.S. Department of Treasury on technology to detect counterfeit currency.

Henson earned bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, in 1984, 1988, and 1991.


World Energy Solutions, an electronics manufacturer in St. Petersburg, Fla., that develops technology for lowering electrical, gas, and water usage, has appointed Member Thomas Livernois to its scientific advisory panel.

Livernois is a principal engineer in the electrical and semiconductors department at Exponent Inc., an engineering and scientific consulting firm in Menlo Park, Calif. He specializes in the analysis and design of electrical and electronic systems, including hybrid motor vehicle fuel systems.

He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1984 from Michigan Technological University, Houghton. Livernois earned a master’s degree from Michigan State University, East Lansing, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor—both in electrical engineering—in 1986 and 1991.

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