Member Recognitions: January 2008

The following members were honored by other organizations

7 January 2008

Er-Wei Bai, an IEEE Fellow, has received a US $239 993 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop modeling methods for biomedical systems.

Bai is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Iowa, in Iowa City. He is also an associate editor and editorial board member of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control.

He received a bachelor’s degree in physics in 1977 from Fudan University, in Shanghai. Bai earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science in 1982 from Shanghai Jiaotong University. He went on to earn a Ph.D., also in electrical engineering and computer science, in 1987 from the University of California, Berkeley.

 

Life Fellow Robert K. Brayton received the Phil Kaufman Award for Distinguished Contributions to Electronic Design Automation. He was cited for seminal contributions to the fundamental design automation algorithms used to fabricate integrated circuits.

Sponsored by the IEEE Electronic Design Automation Council and the Electronic Design Automation Consortium, this annual award honors someone whose impact on the field of electronic design has been demonstrated in industry, education, technology, or engineering.

Brayton is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California, Berkeley. He has published more than 450 technical articles and books on such topics as nonlinear networks, numerical methods for differential equations, and optimization methods for circuit design.

He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1956 from Iowa State University, in Ames, and a Ph.D. in mathematics in 1961 from MIT.

 

The Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corp. presented Member Jose M. Castellon Jr. with its Professional Achievement Award.

HENAAC was established in 1989 to “identify, honor, and document the contributions of outstanding Hispanic American science, engineering, technology, and math professionals.” Castellon received the award in October at the organization’s annual Career Conference and Awards Show in San Diego.

He is the space segment lead for Northrop Grumman’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series, a weather satellite system being developed at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. He works in electrical systems design integration.

Castellon received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1984 from California State University in Northridge and a master’s degree, also in electrical engineering, from Stanford University.

 

Members Sean Dalton and Sunita Gangopadhyay each received a Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement Award from the University of Delaware, in Newark.

Dalton is a managing general partner of Highland Capital Partners, a venture capital firm with headquarters in Lexington, Mass., which provides funding to entrepreneurs in technology, life sciences, and consumer markets. He focuses on projects that deal with network infrastructure and semiconductors.

He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1992 from Delaware and a master’s degree, also in electrical engineering, in 1993 from the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia. He also earned a master’s degree in business administration in 1998 from Harvard.

Gangopadhyay is an executive director of Seagate Technology, a manufacturer of hard-disk drives and disks, tape drives, and business intelligence software, in Scotts Valley, Calif.

She earned a Ph.D. in physics in 1993 from the University of Delaware, where she specialized in magnetism and magnetic materials.

 

Binghamton University of the State University of New York presented IEEE Senior Members Mark L. Fowler and Douglas H. Summerville with its annual Chancellor’s Awards in Excellence.

Fowler received the award in teaching, which recognizes superior teaching techniques by alumni who are full-time instructors at the graduate, undergraduate, or professional level. He is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at the university’s Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science. His research interests include data compression and optimization in sensor networks.

Fowler received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Binghamton and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1991 from Pennsylvania State University, in University Park.

Summerville received the award for faculty service. This award recognizes individuals whose “long history of service to the campus, State University, local community, or professional societies/organizations sets them apart.”

He is director of and an associate professor in the electrical and computer engineering department at Binghamton. His research interests focus on defense mechanisms for networks and covert channel detection.

Summerville received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1991 from the Cooper Union School of Engineering, in New York City. He earned master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Binghamton, in 1994 and 1997, respectively.

 

Member Matthew L. Laudon and Senior Member Dorin Panescu were honored as “influential alumni” by the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering.

Laudon is cofounder of the Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization, a not-for-profit headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., which advances the commercialization and adaptation of clean technologies and sustainable industrial practices. He is also cofounder and executive director of business development for the Nano Science and Technology Institute, also in Cambridge.

He received master’s and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993 and 1996, respectively.

Panescu is principal staff scientist at St. Jude Medical Inc., in Sunnyvale, Calif. He has invented as well as coinvented a variety of medical-imaging, diagnostic, and therapeutic systems. His work focuses on pacemakers and implantable heart defibrillators designed to treat potentially lethal arrhythmias.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in 1985 from the Polytechnic Institute, in Timisoara, Romania, Panescu went on to earn master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Wisconsin, in 1991 and 1993, respectively.

 

Senior Member David Peelo received the 2007 International Electrotechnical Commission 1906 Award for exceptional contributions to the IEC Technical Committee 17: Switchgear and Control. He was cited for work in inductive load switching, which includes the switching of shunt reactors, transformers, and motors.

This annual award commemorates the year IEC was formed and honors technical experts whose work is fundamental to the commission.

Peelo is a consultant with ZE Power Engineering, in Richmond, B.C., Canada, which provides electrical engineering services to the electric utility industry. He has authored as well as coauthored more than 40 technical papers on switching equipment and surge arresters.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1965 from University College Dublin. In 2004 the Eindhoven University of Technology, in the Netherlands, awarded Peelo an honorary Ph.D. for his research in current interruption in atmospheric air.

 

Senior Member Frank E. Wicks has been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

He was cited for his significant engineering achievements and contributions to the mechanical engineering profession.

Wicks is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Union College, in Schenectady, N.Y. He has published numerous technical papers on such topics as electric machinery and systems, machine tools, telescopes, and rockets. Wicks has also developed and patented fuel-efficient systems for power, heating, and air-conditioning systems.

He received a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering from the State University of New York’s Maritime College, in Throgs Neck. He also earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Union College, in Schenectady, N.Y., and a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, N.Y.

 

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