Member Recognitions: January 2011

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

6 January 2011

Senior Member Peter Aiken received the 2010 international Stevens Award of the Reengineering Forum for his “evangelism of data reverse engineering and data-focused software development techniques and methods.” The award is given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to software and systems development.

Aiken, an associate professor of information systems at Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, is also CEO and founding director of Data Blueprint, a data-management consulting firm in Glen Allen, Va. He also is president of Data Management International, a nonprofit global association of technical and business professionals dedicated to advancing information and data management.

He is a member of the IEEE Computer Society.


Member Lauren Christopher has been inducted into the Consumer Electronics Association’s Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame. She was recognized for managing a team of engineers in the early 1990s that developed the digital satellite receiver system for DirecTV, the subscription broadcast satellite company. The Hall of Fame honors “the leaders whose creativity, persistence, determination, and sheer personal charisma helped to shape an industry and made the consumer electronics marketplace what it is today.”

Christopher is an associate professor at the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at the Indiana University-Purdue University campus, in Indianapolis. She teaches classes on signals and systems, circuits, and digital systems design. Her research interests include 3-D digital imaging.

She belongs to the IEEE Computer, Consumer Electronics, and Signal Processing societies


Member Natalie Nakhla received the US $10 000 Doctoral Prize from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada for “outstanding contributions to the field of electronic design automation.” The award recognizes graduate students conducting research in the natural sciences and engineering.

Nakhla is an NSERC postdoctoral fellow at the University of Ottawa. She recently graduated from Carleton University, also in Ottawa, where she focused on developing tools for the simulation and design of large-scale, high-speed, and mixed-signal electronic circuits. When a signal travels along such circuits, their high-speed interconnects can lead to signal degradations such as delay and distortion. Nakhla has devised algorithms that allow designers to predict those effects in simulation and to optimize high-speed circuits that are larger and faster than those currently feasible.


Fellow C.L. Nikias has been named president of the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles. He has served as the university’s executive vice president and provost since 2005.

Nikias is credited with increasing financial and managerial support for students at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels, and for establishing innovative cross-disciplinary programs.

He is a member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society.


Two IEEE members are among 85 recipients of the U.S. Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. The awards are the highest honors bestowed by the United States for science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers. Award recipients receive a citation, a plaque, and research grants for up to five years to further their studies.

Member Eric Pop, 35, says he will use the award money to study nanoscale transistors and memory elements made of graphene, carbon nanotubes, and phase-change materials. His goal is to make them significantly more energy-efficient than their silicon counterparts. A member of the IEEE Electron Devices Society, he is an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Member Edo Waks, 36, is a research scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, in Gaithersburg, Md. He will use the funds to study the application of photonic crystals to quantum information processing, as well as the application of the crystals to practical tools in optical telecommunications and sensing. Waks is also an adjunct professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Maryland, in College Park.

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