Member Recognitions: September 2010

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

8 September 2010
reid Photo: Charles Reid


Reid has been appointed chief technology officer of Specialized Technology Resources, in Enfield, Conn. STR develops solar encapsulants used to laminate and protect the substrates and superstrates that hold solar cells. In his new role, Reid will oversee the company's R&D and technical services departments.

Most recently, Reid was a principal at Manzanita Consulting LLC, in Southlake, Texas, an independent provider of consulting services to manufacturers that use polymers and composites. There, he oversaw the development of encapsulants and backsheets, which are used for solar electric products including roof shingles and slates that can be integrated into buildings. Prior to that, Reid worked at Solvay Engineered Polymers, in Mansfield, Texas, as a manager in the automotive interiors business department.

Reid is a member of the IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society.


sand Photo: Galvin/Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Sanderson has been named a Jefferson Science Fellow by the U.S. Department of State. He is one of 12 such fellows selected this year to explain the current state of science, technology, and engineering to policy makers. Sanderson is vice president of research and a professor in the department of electrical, computer, and systems engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, N.Y.

He will spend one year at the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development, sharing his expertise in the rapidly advancing area of secure terminal equipment used for encrypted wired telephone communications.

Sanderson's research on the theory and development of robotics and intelligent systems has led to advances in sensor-based robotic control, planning and reasoning for intelligent systems, and distributed sensor networks.

Sanderson is a member and past president of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. He is also a member of the IEEE Computer Society.


tan Photo: Northrop Grumman


Tan received the Asian American Engineer of the Year Award from the Chinese Institute of Engineers, USA, for his "strong leadership and technical skills." The award recognizes outstanding Asian-American professionals for significant contributions in academia, public service, and business. The award is part of U.S. National Engineers Week, an annual event that aims to increase public awareness of science and engineering.

Tan is staff manager and distinguished engineer at the Mixed-Signal & Power Center at Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems division in Redondo Beach, Calif. He serves as product champion for the company's control electronics and power converters departments, where he is responsible for product strategy and cost reduction.

In addition, Tan is a visiting professor in the power electronics department at the University of California, Irvine. He is vice president of operations for the IEEE Power Electronics Society and belongs to the IEEE Industrial Electronics and Industry Applications societies.

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