Member Recognitions: March 2009

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

6 March 2009


a pioneer in nanoscale electronic and photonic devices, has been named the Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering at Harvard University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Hu’s research focuses on nanoscale devices made from compound semiconductors. Her contributions include creating complex nanostructures and nanophotonic structures that may someday facilitate quantum computing. She has been a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara, since 1984. She has also served as scientific codirector since 2000 of the California Nanosystems Institute, in Santa Monica. In 2003 she cofounded Cambrios Technology Corp., an electronics components manufacturer, headquartered in Cambridge, Mass.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in physics in 1969 from Barnard College, in New York City. She went on to earn master’s and doctoral degrees in physics in 1971 and 1975 from Columbia University, also in New York City.



has been selected as the rector of the University of Macau, in China. He will oversee the student body and be responsible for communication between the students and university administration. He is the university’s first rector from outside the country.

Prior to the selection, Zhao was a professor of computer science and senior associate vice president of research at Texas A&M University, in College Station. He also headed the university’s computer science department from 1997 to 2001.

Zhao has been active in IEEE, serving on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Computers and IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems. He is also a member of the IEEE Computer Society.

He received a bachelor’s degree in physics in 1977 from Shaanxi Normal University, in Xian, China. Zhao also earned master’s and doctoral degrees in computer and information science in 1983 and 1986 from the University of Massachusetts, in Amherst.



was elected a member of the Institute of Medicine, a nonprofit organization headquartered, in Washington, D.C., that provides advice to the nation on issues relating to biomedical science, medicine, and health care.

Sejnowski is a professor of biology and neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego. He also directs the Institute for Neural Computation and codirects the Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center. Both research centers are part of UC San Diego and focus on understanding the brain and nervous systems. Sejnowski is also a researcher for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, in Chevy Chase, Md., and a professor of biology at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, in La Jolla, Calif., where he also directs the Computational Neurobiology Laboratory and the Crick-Jacobs Center for Theoretical and Computational Biology.

He founded Neural Computation in 1989, now a leading journal in neural networks and computational neuroscience published by the MIT Press. Sejnowski is also president of the Neural Information Processing Systems Foundation, a nonprofit that organizes the annual NIPS Conference, which focuses on the latest research in neural information processing systems in their biological, technological, mathematical, and theoretical aspects. He has also published more than 300 scientific papers and 12 books in the field of neuroscience.

Sejnowski earned a bachelor’s degree in physics in 1971 from Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, as well as master’s and doctoral degrees in 1975 and 1978 in physics from Princeton University.

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