Member Recognitions: August 2010

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

2 August 2010

Senior Member Jenna Carpenter was appointed director of professional development of the Women in Engineering ProActive Network, a not-for-profit organization in Denver that aims to attract women to engineering.

Carpenter is a professor and associate dean for administration and strategic initiatives at the College of Engineering and Science at Louisiana Tech University, in Ruston.

She is a member of the national advisory panel for the Society of Women Engineers' Assessing Women in Engineering Project, which is researching the effectiveness of the society's recruitment and retention activities. She also serves as the faculty advisor to Louisiana Tech's SWE Student Section.

Carpenter is a member of the IEEE Education Society and IEEE Women in Engineering.

Graduate Student Member Kai He received a Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad. The award recognizes Chinese students around the world who are at the top of their class, studying research-based doctoral fields for at least one year, and are self-financed.

He is working on a doctoral degree in materials science and engineering at Arizona State University's School for Engineering of Matter, Transport, and Energy, in Tempe. His research focuses on transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques, particularly electron holography applied to magnetic materials. TEM helps researchers understand materials' fundamental characteristics and discover how they can be applied to improve existing devices and develop new ones. He also won an award for the best student research paper at the 2009 IEEE Magnetics Society's International Magnetics Conference.

Senior Member Douglas C. Sicker was appointed chief technologist for the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, in Washington, D.C., in the office of strategic planning and policy analysis.

Sicker had been associate professor of computer science and director of the interdisciplinary telecommunications program at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

His research interests include network and wireless systems, network security, and telecommunications policy. He recently worked on the FCC Omnibus Broadband Initiative, which aims to bring broadband service to every U.S. citizen.

Fellow Ahmed H. Tewfik has been named chair of the electrical and computer engineering department at the University of Texas Cockrell School of Engineering, in Austin. He is helping to establish the university's Engineering Education and Research Center, which the school says it hopes to open in 2015.

Prior to his appointment, Tewfik was a professor of electronic communications at the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis.

His research interests include medical imaging for minimally invasive surgery, programmable wireless networks, genomics and proteomics, neural prosthetics, and audio signal separation. His work in those areas included contributions to multimedia signal processing and content-based retrieval, wavelet signal processing, and fractals.

Tewfik is a member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society and served as its vice president of technical directions.

Fellow Peter Winokur was appointed chair of the U.S. Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, in Washington, D.C. The board monitors health and safety at nuclear facilities.

Previously, Winokur was senior policy analyst of congressional affairs for the National Nuclear Security Administration, also in Washington. There he was a liaison to Congress in nuclear weaponry, nuclear nonproliferation, energy, and other subjects. In 2001 he was an IEEE Congressional Fellow in the office of Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.). Serving there as an energy and transportation advisor, he crafted a policy that included tax legislation for renewable energy.

He is a member and past president of the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society.

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