Member Recognitions: July 2009

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

7 July 2009

Tau Beta Pi awarded six IEEE student members with graduate fellowships and named 14 student members Tau Beta Pi scholars. The engineering honor society awards the fellowships and scholarships to students who exhibit “high scholarship, campus leadership and service, and a promise of future contributions to the engineering profession.” The fellowships include US $10 000 stipends for advanced study. The scholars will each receive $2000 for their senior year of undergraduate engineering studies.

The fellowships were given to Brandon L. Eidson, Auburn University, Alabama; Towa Matsumura, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts; Arthur H.C. Chang, Cal Tech; Tal Rusak, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.; Christopher M. Potts, Union College, Schenectady, N.Y.; and Derek J. Woodman, Kansas State University, in Manhattan.

The scholars named were Gregory T. Back, Ohio Northern University, Ada; Mihail T. Cutitaru, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va.; Paul I. Deffenbaugh, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne; Christopher R. Fleck, University of Pittsburgh; Scott O. Geurin, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville; Robert D. Helvestine, University of California, Santa Cruz; David W. Hunter, University of Maine, Orono; Zachary S. Lamb, Auburn University, Alabama; Evan D. McLellan, also from the University of Maine; Bryan D. Minor, Washington State University, Pullman; Salman H. Naqvi, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark; Samuel M. Nicaise, University of Kentucky, Lexington; John D. Ryan, also from Washington State; and Noah R. Van Zandt, Cedarville University, Ohio.


The U.S. National Science Foundation presented its Faculty Early Career Development Award to members Junseok Chae and Baoxin Li from Arizona State University in Phoenix. The recognition is given to support junior faculty members “who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.” The recipients each receive five-year research grants of at least $400 000.

Chae, an assistant professor of electrical engineering, is studying the use of molecular probes in biosensors to determine ways to construct microscale components in instruments for biological testing and research. The grant will also fund educational programs based on Chae’s research for groups underrepresented in science and engineering.

Chae earned a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering in 1998 from Korea University, in Seoul. He also received master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering in 2000 and 2003, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Li, a senior member, is researching computer vision, multimedia processing, and statistical methods in visual computing to develop technology that will aid the visually impaired. He is an assistant professor of computer science and engineering.

He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering in 1992 and 1995 from the University of Science and Technology of China, in Hefei, Anhui. Li earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 2000 from the University of Maryland, in College Park.


The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has named two IEEE Fellows to its 2009 class, as leaders in computer sciences, artificial intelligence, and information technologies.

Mary Jane Irwin is a professor of computer science and engineering at Pennsylvania State University, in University Park. Her research interests include computer architecture and arithmetic, as well as energy-aware and reliable systems design. She is the coleader of the Microsystems Design Lab, a research group within the department of computer science and engineering that focuses on power and reliability design, embedded and mobile computing systems design, and emerging technologies in computing.

She is a member of the IEEE’s Computer, Circuits and Systems, Signal Processing, and Solid-State Circuits societies.

Irwin received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1971 from Memphis State University, in Tennessee. She earned master’s and doctoral degrees in computer science in 1975 and 1977 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also received an honorary doctorate in 1997 from Chalmers University, in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Alfred Z. Spector is a vice president of research and special initiatives at Google, splitting his time between its offices in New York City and Mountain View, Calif. He oversees special engineering initiatives such as Google Health, which a person can use to organize his or her health information—such as prescriptions filled and test results—into a central online profile.

He is a member of the IEEE Computer Society and received the society’s 2001 Tsutomu Kanai Award for his work in scalable architectures and distributed systems.

Spector received a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics in 1976 from Harvard and a doctorate in computer science in 1981 from Stanford.


Member Leila Parsa received the 2009 Young Investigator Award from the U.S. Office of Naval Research. The award comes with a three-year research grant of $500 000 to apply her investigations to the “design and control of energy and power electronics converters toward the development of new shipboard power systems of interest to the U.S. Navy and its Office of Naval Research.” Her work will include helping to develop a monitoring, fault-detection, and reporting system to identify problems in shipboard electrical and mechanical energy converters and power electronics converters, ultimately creating more reliable ships.

Parsa is an assistant professor of electrical, computer, and systems engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, N.Y. She received the IEEE Industry Applications Society Transactions Paper Award in 2006 for her paper “Multi-Phase Permanent Magnet Motor Drives.” She is a member of the IEEE Power & Energy, Industrial Electronics, and Industry Applications societies. She’s also a member of the IEEE Women in Engineering group.

She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 1996 and 1999, from Iran University of Science and Technology, in Tehran, and a doctorate in 2005 from Texas A&M University, in College Station, all in electrical engineering.


The International Association for Management of Technology presented its 2009 Best Book Award to Senior Member Mostafa Hashem Sherif for Managing Projects in Telecommunication and Services (Wiley-IEEE Press, 2006).

Sherif is a senior technical specialist at AT&T Labs, in Middletown, N.J., where he works in the certification of equipment before it’s introduced into the network for ATM, internet protocol (IP), and IPTV services. He also edits the standards column in IEEE Communications Magazine and is a member of the IEEE Communications Society.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communications in 1972 and a master’s in electrical engineering in 1975 from Cairo University, in Giza, Egypt. He received a Ph.D. in bioengineering in 1980 from the University of California, Los Angeles. Sherif also earned a master’s degree in the management of technology in 1996 from Stevens Institute of Technology, in Hoboken, N.J.

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