Member Recognitions: April 2009

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

6 April 2009

Twenty-three IEEE members have been elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering out of a total class of 65. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering, research, practice, education, and literature. The new IEEE academicians are:

Life Fellow Paul M. Anderson, Member Sébastien Candel, Senior Member Moustafa T. Chahine, Fellow William J. Dally, Fellow Deborah L. Estrin, Life Fellow Gerard J. Foschini, Life Fellow Barrie Gilbert, Fellow Kanti Jain, Life Senior Peter T. Kirstein, Fellow Mark S. Lundstrom, Life Member Robert D. Miller, Fellow Umesh K. Mishra, Fellow C. Mohan, Member Edward I. Moses, Fellow Matthew O’Donnell, Fellow Stuart S.P. Parkin, Life Senior Percy A. Pierre, Member Mendel Rosenblum, Life Fellow Robert A. Scholtz, Fellow Gurindar S. Sohi, Fellow Richard Marker Swanson, Fellow Robert W. Tkach, and Fellow Stephen David Umans. —Jeremy Kenter

Fellow William J. Dally in January was named chief scientist and vice president of research for NVIDIA, a manufacturer in Santa Clara, Calif., of graphic processing units and supplier of ICs for personal computers and video game consoles. Dally, who was also just named to the National Academy of Engineering (see previous story), had been a professor of computer science and electrical engineering at Stanford University since 1997 and chair of the school’s computer science department since 2005.

As chief scientist, he is charged with providing technical advice on computer architecture, circuit design, and parallel programming to the company’s product development groups and serving as an evangelist for its graphics processing unit.

Dally belongs to the IEEE Computer Society and received its 2004 IEEE Seymour Cray Computer Science & Engineering Award for “fundamental contributions to the design and engineering of high-performance interconnection networks, parallel computer architectures, and high-speed signaling technology.” He coauthored the textbooks Digital Systems Engineering [Cambridge University Press, 1998] and Principles and Practices of Interconnection Networks [Morgan Kaufmann, 2004].

He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1980 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, in Blacksburg, a master’s in electrical engineering in 1981 from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in computer science in 1986 from Caltech. —J.K.

The University of Texas at Dallas has named IEEE Senior Member Kenneth O director of its Texas Analog Center of Excellence (TxACE). O, who is slated to teach in the university’s electrical engineering and computer science department, has been a professor of electrical and computer engineering since 1994 at the University of Florida, in Gainesville.

TxACE is a research center established by the university, the state of Texas, Semiconductor Research Corp., Texas Instruments, and the University of Texas system. It focuses on analog electronics, RF technologies, and mixed-signal ICs applied to public safety and security, health care, and national energy independence.

O says he will apply analog technology to sensors for detecting dangerous gases, as well as develop power-efficient electronics for pacemakers and other implantable medical devices.

He is a member of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation, Electron Devices, Microwave Theory and Techniques, and Solid-State Circuits societies.

He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 1984 and a Ph.D. in 1989, all in electrical engineering and computer science, from MIT. —J.K.

Fellow John W. Sheppard in January was named a computer science professor at Montana State University’s College of Engineering, in Bozeman. He had lectured at Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, since 1994.

Sheppard is a member of the IEEE Computer and IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement societies.

He received the 2007 McGinnis Professional Achievement Award from the IEEE Autotescon meeting in recognition of his “outstanding leadership, individual initiative, and technical contributions in automated test engineering.”

He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science in 1983 from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, a master’s degree in 1990 and a Ph.D. in 1997, both in computer science, from Johns Hopkins. —J.K.

IEEE Fellow Leo L. Beranek received the 2008 Vladimir Karapetoff Award from Eta Kappa Nu, the engineering honor society. The society’s most prestigious award is given for contributions to electrotechnology. Beranek was honored for achievements in acoustics, broadcasting, and computer networking. The annual Karapetoff Award was established in 1992, in honor of Vladimir Karapetoff, an IEEE Fellow and a prominent member of HKN.

An acoustical design consultant, Beranek has consulted at four concert halls, an opera house, and two drama theaters in Tokyo, as well as for the Tanglewood Music Shed in Massachusetts, Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, and the Aula Magna in Caracas, Venezuela. He is a cofounder and former president of Bolt, Beranek, and Newman, one of the world’s biggest acoustical consulting firms, in Cambridge, Mass. Previously he served as associate professor of communications engineering at MIT and as technical director of its acoustics laboratory. He has authored three books on opera-house acoustics, and wrote an autobiography, Riding the Waves: A Life in Sound, Science, and Industry [MIT Press, 2008].

At the award ceremony on 24 January in Philadelphia, Beranek, 94, said his career was “like images in a kaleidoscope,” because he has witnessed so many technological breakthroughs. Of all he has seen, Beranek said the most surprising development was the Internet. Nobody had any idea that the computer software system his company helped develop would blossom into a worldwide communication and information network, he said in his acceptance speech.

Among his honors are the U.S. Presidential Certificate of Merit, gold medals from the Audio Engineering Society and the Acoustical Society of America, the President’s Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Medal of Science. He has served as president of the Acoustical Society of America, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Opera Company of Boston.

Beranek received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics from Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa, and a master’s degree in physics and a Ph.D. in communications engineering in 1940 from Harvard University. —Nancy Hantman

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