Achievements: March 2010

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

8 March 2010

IEEE Life Fellow Gerard Alphonse is the recipient of the Vladimir Karapetoff Outstanding Technical Achievement Award from the electrical and computer engineering honor society Eta Kappa Nu. The award is given to an electrical practitioner who has distinguished himself through invention, development, and discovery in the field of electrotechnology. Alphonse was cited for his inventions in superluminescent diodes (SLDs) and related devices.

SLDs are broadband semiconductor light sources and key components in fiber-optic gyroscopes, low-coherence tomography for medical imaging, and external-cavity tunable lasers with fiber-optic communications applications.

Alphonse is chief technical officer of Medeikon Corp., in Ewing, N.J. He oversees the development of instruments for optical coherence tomography used to detect coronary diseases.

In 1986, while chief scientist and program manager at Sarnoff Corp., in West Windsor, N.J., he invented the world’s highest performance SLD.

Alphonse, who served as the 2005 IEEE-USA president, is a member of the IEEE Photonics Society.



IEEE Senior Member Eesa Bastaki received the United Arab Emirates’ Emirates Appreciation Award for Science. He was given the award, considered the republic’s highest award in science, in recognition for his achievements as an educator and electrical engineer, and for his volunteer work for IEEE. The award was presented to him by the president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Bastaki has been an assistant professor of electrical engineering at United Arab Emirates University, in Al Ain, since 1982. He is also director of the university’s computer center. In addition, for the past two years he has been director of the education and technology department of the Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, which aims to facilitate and promote modern technology-based industries in that emirate.

He has been chair of IEEE’s United Arab Emirates Section since 1995. A member of the IEEE Communications Society, he helped develop the society’s recently introduced Wireless Communication Engineering Technologies certification program. The certification covers radio-frequency engineering, propagation, and antennas; network and service architecture; licensing agreements; industry standards and policies; and government regulations.



2009 IEEE President John Vig has been honored with the Abraham Lincoln Award from the American Hungarian Foundation for his pioneering work as an engineer and for contributions he made while IEEE president. The award recognizes people of Hungarian ancestry or individuals or institutions that have enhanced the appreciation of Hungarian culture. Vig, an IEEE Fellow, was born in Budapest in 1942. Inspired by Lincoln’s championing of work for immigrants, the foundation will present Vig with a bust of the 16th U.S. president.

Vig is a consultant to Systems Planning Corp. of Colts Neck, N.J. The company develops electronics and computer software for U.S. government agencies. He also provides technical advice to program managers of the Microsystems Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. He retired in 2006 from the U.S. Army Communications and Electronics Research, Development, and Engineering Center, in Fort Monmouth, N.J., after 36 years of service.

As IEEE president, many of Vig’s priorities focused on humanitarian projects. In conjunction with IEEE’s 125th anniversary last year, he launched the Presidents’ Change the World Competition. It calls for IEEE student members to develop unique solutions to benefit local communities or humanity in general using engineering, science, computing, and leadership skills.

Vig is a member of the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society; the Society on Social Implications of Technology; and the Women in Engineering affinity group.

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