Senior Member Tzi-Dar Chiueh has been named director of the National Chip Implementation Center, an IC design research facility in Hsinchu, Taiwan. He is also a professor of electrical engineering at National Taiwan University, in Taipei. Chiueh’s research interests include IC design for digital communication systems and signal processing for biomedical systems.
The center works to improve IC and system design tools and technology as well as chip fabrication and measurement services. It also develops electronic automation tools used to devise system-on-a-chip and other designs.
Chiueh is a member of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits, Signal Processing, Communications, and Circuits and Systems societies.
Two IEEE members were honored with the annual U.S. National Association of Broadcasters’ Engineering Achievement Award. Established in 1959, the annual award recognizes pioneers, innovators, and leaders in the field.
Life Member Thomas B. Keller received the award for his contributions to the TV industry over a period of more than 50 years. As president of T. Keller Corp., a consulting firm, he has helped develop new broadcasting technologies. Previously, he was director of engineering at WGBH, a public TV and radio station in Boston. At WGBH, he created an early computerized captioning system for the hearing impaired and was responsible for the engineering of one of the first network programs ever broadcast in the field, outside a traditional TV studio.
He served as head of the NAB’s science and technology department in the 1980s, when he established the Advanced Television Systems Committee, which focuses on developing voluntary standards for digital television. He also oversaw the Advanced Television Terrestrial Broadcast Project, which aims to ensure that terrestrial broadcasters remain technically competitive with other video media.
Keller is a member of the IEEE Consumer Electronics and Broadcast Technology societies.
Life Member L. Robert du Treil received the award for his achievements in the radio broadcast industry in a career that also spanned more than 50 years. He
is a consultant for Du Treil, Lundin, and Rackley, a broadcast engineering advisory firm in Sarasota, Fla., where he previously was owner and president. In the early 1980s du Treil focused on the development of medium-wave directional antenna technology used for AM broadcasting.
He is a member of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society.
Two IEEE members received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Information Technology Association of Canada. They were honored for their “substantial contributions to Canadian microelectronics through a lifetime of accomplishments.”
Life Fellow Adel S. Sedra is dean of the faculty of engineering and a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Waterloo, in Ontario. In 2004, Sedra launched Vision 2010 at the university, an initiative to improve its engineering curriculum. His research focuses on microelectronics and on the theory and design of circuits for communications and instrumentation systems.
He is a member of the IEEE Education, Solid-State Circuits, and Circuits and Systems societies.
Life Fellow Kenneth C. Smith is an advisory professor at Shanghai Tiedao University. He retired in 1997 as a professor of electrical and computer engineering, computer science, mechanical and industrial engineering, and information sciences at the University of Toronto. From 1993 to 1998, he was a visiting professor of electrical and electronic engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, where he was founding director of its computer engineering department. He was a founding member of Z-Tech (Canada), a medical instrumentation company in Toronto. He was a principal scientist there, working on instrumentation for breast cancer screening.
Smith is a member of the IEEE Industrial Electronics, Solid-State Circuits, Instrumentation and Measurement, Education, Computer, Circuits and Systems, and Robotics and Automation societies.