Member Recognitions: February 2009

The following members were recognized by other organizations

2 February 2009

The University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada, appointed IEEE Fellow Clarence W. de Silva as its Tier 1 Canada research chair in mechatronics and industrial automation. De Silva has been a professor of mechanical engineering at the university since 1988.

De Silva will receive funding for organizing seminars and performing R&D in mechatronics and industrial automation for a seven-year period.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1971 from the University of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), in Peradeniya, and a master of applied science in 1975 from the University of Toronto. He earned two doctorates, one in 1978 in mechanical engineering and dynamic systems control from MIT, and the other in information engineering in 1998 from the University of Cambridge, England.


Senior Member Hardy Trolander was inducted in November into the Engineering and Science Hall of Fame, in Dayton, Ohio. Trolander was cited for “contributions to biomedical science through Yellow Springs Instrument Co.”

He was YSI’s principal founder in 1948. The Ohio company used to conduct R&D on biomedical devices. It designed sensors for measuring blood glucose levels, and it researched and published the melting point of gallium in the International Temperature Scale of 1990, the international equipment calibration standard for measuring temperature. Now YSI focuses on water-quality testing and monitoring.

Trolander helped turn what he called a “rudderless” engineers’ hobby shop into a successful growing business before retiring in 1986.

He became a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 1992. In 1995, he was designated a Fellow by the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

Trolander received a bachelor’s degree in engineering in 1947 from Antioch College, also in Yellow Springs.


The University of Central Florida, in Orlando, appointed Fellow Marwan Simaan in January the interim dean of its School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Simaan had been a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Pittsburgh since 1989 and chaired that department from 1991 to 1998.

He is a member of four IEEE societies: Education, Signal Processing, Control Systems, and Geoscience and Remote Sensing.

Simaan earned a bachelor’s degree in 1968 from the American University of Beirut, in Lebanon, a master’s from the University of Pittsburgh in 1970, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1972, all in electrical engineering.


Fellow Yoshio Nishi received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International. It’s the association’s highest honor for technical contributions to the semiconductor industry.

SEMI is a global industry association for manufacturers supplying equipment to the microelectronics display, and photovoltaic industries.

Nishi has been a professor of electrical engineering and materials science and engineering since 2002 at Stanford University. There he researches nanoelectronic devices, 3-D ICs, metal-oxide-semiconductor device physics and technology, and nonvolatile memory.

A member of the IEEE Electron Devices Society, he received the 1995 IEEE Jack A. Morton Award for “contributions to the basic understanding and innovative development of MOS device technology.”

Nishi earned a bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering in 1962 from Waseda University, in Tokyo, and a Ph.D. in silicon planar technology in 1973 from the University of Tokyo.

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