Member Recognitions: January 2009

The following IEEE members were recently recognized by other organizations and IEEE societies.

8 January 2009

Life Fellow Yeheskel Bar-Ness received the 2008 Thomas A. Edison Patent Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for “STBC MIMO-OFDM Peak-to-Average Power Ratio Reduction by Cross-Antenna Rotation and Inversion.” The invention upgrades the combined MIMO-OFDM (multiple-input, multiple-output) orthogonal frequency-domain multiplexing technology, which allows five times more data to be transported than is possible in today’s most advanced 3G networks.

Bar-Ness is a professor of electrical and computer engineering and foundation chair of the Center for Communication and Signal Processing Research at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, N.J.

He is a former editor of IEEE Transactions on Communications, as well as the founder and editor in chief of IEEE Communication Letters. Bar-Ness has also been chair of the Communication Systems Committee and vice chair of the IEEE Communication Society’s Communications Theory Committee. In 2006 he was chosen as New Jersey’s “Inventor of the Year.”

Bar-Ness earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, in Haifa. He also earned a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Brown University in Providence, R.I.


The U.S. Department of State selected Senior Member Robert J. Butera as one of seven Jefferson Science Fellows for 2008–2009 for his research in neuroengineering. The fellowship was established to create partnerships between tenured scientists and engineers at U.S. academic institutions and offices within the State Department,

As a Fellow, Butera will work with the U.S. Agency for International Development in Washington, D.C., on a project involving foreign policy issues related to chemical and biological agents.

Butera is an associate professor and premedical advisor in the Laboratory for Neuroengineering and is program chair of the school’s interdisciplinary bioengineering graduate program. He is the founding chair of the Atlanta Chapter of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society and a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering.

He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech in 1991. He also earned master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering in 1994 and 1996 from Rice University, in Houston.


Member Andres Molina has joined Vanderweil Engineers, in Boston, as manager of substation engineering in its Transmission & Distribution (T&D) Specialty Group. He will lead projects for the company’s substation engineering and construction services throughout the world.

Molina has worked on a number of T&D projects in New England, most recently with the office of the Massachusetts Energy Initiative. He is also a member of the IEEE Power & Energy Society.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s in business in from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in Massachusetts. He also holds a master’s in electrical engineering from Northeastern University in Boston.


Member Khanh Pham has been awarded the Air Force Outstanding Scientist–Junior Civilian Award. The annual award recognizes U.S. Air Force scientists who have made important contributions to technology or have solved technical problems in the sustainment, testing, training, or advancement of the Air Force.

Pham has been working as an aerospace engineer for the past four years at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Space Vehicles Directorate at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. Before that, he was a research associate at the University of Notre Dame, in Indiana, where he pursued his Ph.D. in electrical engineering, received in 2004.

He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering in 1997 and 1998 from the University of Nebraska, in Lincoln.


Member Bill Strecker was appointed to the board of directors of Terascala Inc., a developer of high-capacity parallel storage devices, in Avon, Mass.

Strecker is chief technology officer of Interactive Supercomputing Inc., a developer of high-performance math software, in Waltham, Mass. He has also been a partner since 2000 of Flagship Ventures, a venture capital firm in Cambridge, Mass.

He is a Fellow of the Association for Machinery and a member of the IEEE Computer Society. He earned bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh.

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