The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology has named Senior Member Ann Q. Gates recipient of its 2010 Social Impact Award. The recognition honors an individual or team that has applied technology to improve the lives of women and society, or women who have had a significant impact on the design and use of technology. Gates was cited for her work as founder of the Computing Alliance for Hispanic-Serving Institutions at the University of Texas at El Paso. The organization works to increase the number of Hispanics who pursue and complete baccalaureate and advanced degrees in computing.
Gates, who is associate vice president of research and sponsored projects at the university, is a member of the IEEE Computer Society and is on the society’s constitution and bylaws committee. She was a member of the IEEE Computer Society board of governors from 2004 to 2009 and chaired the society’s awards committee from 2005 to 2007.
Fellow Andreas Kuehlmann was named vice president of R&D at Coverity, a software vendor in San Francisco. Previously, Kuehlmann was director of Cadence Research Laboratories, in Berkeley, Calif., where he was a Fellow and led the development of systems and software verification technologies.
He is also an adjunct professor of electrical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and president of the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation.
Kuehlmann is a member of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society.
Senior Member Wanda Reder has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee, which works on modernizing the power grid by providing policy and technical recommendations to the DOE’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability.
Reder is vice president of the power systems and services division at S&C Electric, in Chicago, a provider of equipment and services for electric power systems. She is chair of IEEE Smart Grid, the group that oversees IEEE's activities in that area, and was president of the IEEE Power & Energy Society in 2008 and 2009.
She is a member of the IEEE Industry Applications and Power & Energy societies, as well as the Women in Engineering group.
The Marconi Society selected three IEEE members to receive its 2010 Young Scholar Awards. The awards honor university students around the world who have made an impact in their fields of research. Recipients are given stipends and travel funds to attend the society’s annual awards gala, held this year in October in Menlo Park, Calif. The Marconi Society is a global organization that recognizes scientific contributions to communications science and the Internet.
Graduate Student Member Aleksandr Biberman is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of electrical engineering at Columbia University. He is a researcher in the university’s Lightwave Research Laboratory, which investigates dynamic optical data routing in transparent optical interconnection networks. Biberman was chosen for his contributions to the field of silicon photonics, which use optical interconnects to provide faster data-transfer rates between and within microchips.
He is a member of the IEEE Photonics Society.
Member Diomidis Michalopoulos, a postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, researches cooperative wireless communications, which employ relay terminals for forwarding the information sent by a source terminal to a destination terminal. Such communications are expected to play a key role in the design of wireless networks. Michalopoulos developed novel protocols to be used in relay selection, where only a subset of the available relays is activated at a given time to conserve energy—important because of the energy drain in large terminal hubs.
Graduate Student Member Yuan Shen is a Ph.D. candidate in electrical engineering and computer science at MIT. He works on determining fundamental limits of localization accuracy for wireless networks that require cooperation among different mobile nodes.