Member Recognitions: October 2010

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

1 October 2010

Fellow Elisa Bertino was selected to serve as interim director of the Cyber Center at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Ind. The center is part of the university’s Discovery Park, which researches information technology, hardware, and software for cyberinfrastructure.

Bertino, a professor of computer science, joined Purdue in 2004 as research director for its Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security. Her research interests are in information security, database systems, and computer applications. She serves on the editorial boards of IEEE Security & Privacy magazine and IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing.

She is a member of the IEEE Signal Processing and Computer societies.

Member Christina L. Bonnington was named a laureate by Tau Beta Pi, an engineering honor society. The society’s annual laureate program recognizes engineering students who have excelled in fields outside their major. She was cited for her achievements in the arts.

Bonnington teaches at the Oxford Ballet School in Mississippi, where she choreographs performances of the newly formed Oxford Ballet Co., of which she is a founding member. She has studied ballet since age 4 and has performed with troupes throughout the United States. In 2006 and 2007 she danced professionally with Ballet Memphis.

Bonnington this year earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Mississippi, in Oxford.

Life Member Morris Chang received the first Semiconductor Industry Pioneer Award in July at the SoC (System-on-Chip) Summit, a semiconductor industry conference in Taipei, Taiwan. The award, which is to become an annual distinction, recognizes individuals whose achievements have made a significant impact on the industry. Chang was cited as an innovative leader who made fabless chip design companies a possibility.

He is chairman and chief executive of the world’s largest semiconductor foundry, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, in Hsinchu. He founded the company in 1987 after leaving Texas Instruments, where he was a senior executive.

Fellow Paul Peercy was named a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). The membership grade is a distinction conferred upon those who have made valuable contributions to engineering education and have been ASEE members for at least 10 years.

Since 1999, Peercy has served as dean of the college of engineering at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and he has been active in ASEE throughout those years. He served as a member of the public policy committee and chair of the ASEE Engineering Deans Council. A former councilor of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he now serves on the outside advisory boards of several universities and federal laboratories.

Life Fellow Andrew Viterbi has been appointed to the board of directors of Link_A_Media Devices, a developer and manufacturer of system-on-chip (SoC) technologies applied to peripheral data storage in Santa Clara, Calif.

Viterbi invented what is called the Viterbi algorithm, which enables the separation of information from background noise. Deployed in all SoC technologies used in hard-disk drives, the algorithm also has enabled the development of technologies such as 3-G cellphones and Wi-Fi. Viterbi was awarded the 2010 IEEE Medal of Honor for his invention.

He also contributed to the development of the code-division-multiple-access standard for phone networks.

He is cofounder of Qualcomm, a wireless telecommunications R&D company in San Diego, and Linkabit, a military contractor in Los Angeles. In addition, he is president of the Viterbi Group, an equity investment firm in San Diego, and a professor of electrical engineering at the University of California at Los Angeles and at San Diego.

Viterbi is a member of the IEEE Information Theory and Communications societies.

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