Member Guruprasad Madhavan was named Young Engineer of the Year by the District of Columbia Council of Engineering and Architectural Societies. He was cited for contributions to “biomedical engineering through research, public policy, career development activities, and continued service to IEEE.” The council helps technically related organizations in the Washington, D.C., area advance engineering-related professions through scientific and educational efforts.
Madhavan, 31, works for the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in Washington, where he is program officer for its Science, Technology, and Law and Science, Engineering, and Public Policy committees.
He is chair of the IEEE Washington Section. He served on IEEE-USA’s Student Professional Awareness, Medical Technology, and Career and Workforce Policy committees.
He is a member of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society and the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology.
Fellow Teresa H. Meng has been selected as an Academician of the Academia Sinica, the highest honor given to scientists in Taiwan. Based in Taipei, Academia Sinica is Taiwan’s national science academy. It supports research in a variety of fields, including mathematics, physical and life sciences, humanities, and social sciences.
Meng is one of 18 academicians named this year (the honors are presented biennially) and at age 49 is the academy’s youngest member. The distinction recognizes her work in wireless telecommunications and digital signal processing.
She is cofounder and a board member of Atheros Communications, a San Jose, Calif., developer of semiconductors for wireless and other network communications products. She helped develop the first 5-gigaherz radio to be commercially manufactured in a standard complementary metal-oxide semiconductor process—which opened the door for a wide variety of high-speed wireless local area network applications. She is also a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Stanford University.
Meng is a member of the IEEE Communications, Solid-State Circuits, and Signal Processing societies.
Senior Member Michal Lipson [left] and Member Dawn Song [right] were among 23 award recipients from this year’s MacArthur Fellows Program. Also known as “genius awards,” the fellowships are given to individuals who have “shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.” The awards are sponsored by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which distributes grants and loans “to support creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world.” The fellows each receive US $500 000 to further their research.
Lipson is an optical physicist at the Kavli Institute for Nanoscale Science at Cornell University, in Ithaca, N.Y., and an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering. She focuses on photonics and silicon fabrication techniques to develop devices that employ the information-processing capabilities of light. Her research and development of silicon-based photonic ICs is aimed at improving signal transmission and processing, as well as providing the building blocks for an all-optical circuit on which passive and active components can be integrated on a single chip. She is a member of the IEEE Photonics Society.
Song is a computer security specialist for the Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology, a National Science Foundation center at the University of California, Berkeley. She is also a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the university. She is working on increasing the security and stability of computer systems and networks. Her research applies theoretical methods to understand the interactions of software, hardware, and networks that make computer systems vulnerable to attack or interference.