Member Recognitions: May 2010

The following members were honored by other organizations

6 May 2010

Member Hatice Altug and Senior Member Cornel Sultan have been honored with National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development awards. The recognitions honor university faculty early in their careers who “exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.” Altug and Sultan each receive US $400 000 from the foundation to use for their research and teaching.

Altug is an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Boston University’s College of Engineering. Her research there applying nanotechnology to study proteins earned her the foundation’s award. By tracking light flow in nanoparticles, she was able to detect and quantify proteins and study their interaction. Altug hopes to better understand how cells function, leading to improved detection of diseases. She plans to use the award money to continue exploring new design and fabrication techniques for her detection methods.

Sultan, an assistant professor of aerospace and ocean engineering at Virginia Tech, received the award for research focusing on biological structures as a model for newly engineered structures that rely on tensegrity, a combination of tension and compression, for their shape and strength. Sultan’s goal is to further the use of tensegrity in such applications as antennas, space telescopes, and robotics.


The College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Central Florida, in Orlando, has named Fellow Marwan Simaan its dean.

Simaan is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the university. His research interests include signal processing, telecommunications, artificial intelligence, and knowledge-based applications. His most recent research has emphasized the use of a game-theory approach to the modeling and control of military operations involving unmanned aerial vehicles. He is involved in a project on the modeling and patient-adaptive control of ventricular-assist devices for failing hearts. Such biomechanical devices are used in patients awaiting heart transplants.

Simaan is a member of the IEEE Signal Processing, Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Control Systems, and Education societies.


Life Fellow Narsingh Deo has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He was selected for his contributions to graph theory, algorithms and applications, parallel algorithms, and parallel data structures, and for authoring a number of pioneering books in those areas. The AAAS is an international nonprofit professional organization aimed at the advancement of science.

As director of the Center for Parallel Computation at the University of Central Florida, Deo researches parallel algorithms and parallel data structures, network optimization algorithms, combinatorial computing, complex networks, and graph theory.

His university textbooks include Graph Theory With Applications to Engineering and Computer Science [Prentice-Hall, 1974] and System Simulation with Digital Computers [Prentice-Hall, 1979].

Deo is a member of the IEEE Circuits and Systems and Computer societies.


Fellow Metin Akay has been honored twice, inducted as a Fellow into both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). The AAAS recognized Akay for his work in informatics and neural engineering. The AIMBE selected him for contributions to neural and cardiovascular engineering and cited him for being one of the “most imaginative and distinguished medical and biological engineers in his field.” The AIMBE advocates public policies that facilitate medical and biological research for the benefit of society.

A professor of engineering at the University of Houston, Akay recently founded the university’s biomedical engineering department at the Cullen College of Engineering. He chairs the new department, where he collaborates in his research with the Texas Medical Center.

He has written several textbooks on biomedical engineering, including Theory and Design of Biomedical Instruments [Academic Press, 1991], Biomedical Signal Processing [Academic Press, 1994], and Nonlinear Biomedical Signal Processing [Wiley and IEEE Press, 2000].

Akay is a member of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society.


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