Member Recognitions: June 2009

The following members were recently honored by other organizations

8 June 2009


Dennard received the National Academy of Engineering’s 2009 Charles Stark Draper Prize, which carries a US $500 000 award. He was cited for his revolutionary discovery of the one-transistor dynamic RAM (DRAM). He is the 2009 IEEE Medal of Honor recipient.

Dennard has been involved with microelectronics since 1963 at IBM’s research center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., where he patented DRAM, the IC storage memory used in computers and other data-processing and communication systems.

His 50-year career has earned him much recognition. His accomplishments include being named an IBM Fellow, being elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and receiving the 1988 U.S. National Medal of Technology. He is a member of the IEEE Electron Devices Society.

Dennard earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 1954 and 1956 from Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, and a Ph.D. in 1958 from Carnegie Technical Institute (now Carnegie Mellon University), in Pittsburgh, all in electrical engineering.



Kimball received the 2008 John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his service and dedication.

He was director of digital production from 2004 to 2007 for the Walt Disney Co., in Burbank, Calif. From 2000 to 2004 he was chief technologist of the company’s feature animation department, where he worked on developing system design initiatives.

He’s a member ofthe Academy’sScience and Technology Council and the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee, and he cochairs its Digital Imaging Technology Subcommittee.

Kimball received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1978 from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a master’s in computer science and distributed systems from West Coast University, also in Los Angeles.



The recipient of the 2006 IEEE John von Neumann Medal, Catmull won the 2008 Gordon E. Sawyer Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his “lifetime of technical contributions and leadership in the field of computer graphics for the motion picture industry.”

Catmull is the cofounder and president of Pixar Animation Studios, in Emeryville, Calif., which produces movies using computer-generated imagery and 3-D animation software. He received the von Neumann medal for outstanding contributions to special effects and computer graphics.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in physics and computer science in 1963 and a postdoctoral degree in computer graphics and 3-D curves in 1974, both from the University of Utah, in Salt Lake City.



The National Engineers Week Foundation named Madhavan one of the 14 IEEE/IEEE-USA 2009 New Faces of Engineering. He was cited for his research in neuromuscular stimulation, a therapy aimed at strengthening muscles that have been weakened by disuse, using mechanical and electrical techniques. The award recognizespeople younger than 30 who hold an engineering degree, are employed as an engineer from two to five years, and have worked on projects that have a great impact on public welfare or further professional development and growth.

Madhavan is working toward his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at the State University of New York in Binghamton.

He has been a strategic advisor and board member of Perspectives International, in New York City, since 2006. He leads the nonprofit’s group dedicated to strategic planning, specifically to explore partnerships with Engineers without Borders chapters and university engineering departments, and to offer input on grant proposals. One of his goals is touncover mechanisms to promote outreach, fund-raising, and network creation.

He was a science and technology Fellow last year at the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the U.S. National Academies, in Washington, D.C. There he developed research on emerging models in licensing and management of intellectual property arising from academic research in life sciences. He also helped organize the From Concept to Application: Managing the Transfer of Academic Research Results conference held in Washington in November.

From 2006 to 2007 he was a consulting product manager for VStim, in Somerset, N.J., where he led the design and development of non-invasive, non-pharmacological muscle-stimulation technology to enhance peripheral circulation.

He is a member of the IEEE Education and Engineering in Medicine and Biology societies, as well as the Society on Social Implications of Technology. He served as a senior editor of the book Career Development in Bioengineering and Biotechnology [Springer, 2008].

Madhavan received a bachelor’s degree in instrumentation and control engineering in 2001 from the University of Madras, in Chennai, India. He earned master’s degrees in biomedical engineering in 2002 from Stony Brook University, in New York, and leadership and health-care management in 2007 from the State University of New York in Binghamton.


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