Achievements: 2008

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

5 December 2008

Nim Cheung

has been named CEO of the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Co., which performs research in communication and information technology.

Prior to the appointment, Cheung had been vice president since 1990 at the Applied Research Government Program at Telcordia Technologies, a company in Piscataway, N.J., that provides software, services, and research to communications companies. He joined Telcordia in 1976 and in 1984 became district manager of the Advance Lightwave Technology Group, where he created three research programs in high-speed, coherent, and subcarrier-multiplexed light-wave systems. Since 2004 he has also been a consulting professor of electrical engineering at Stanford University.

Cheung served as the 2006 president of the IEEE Communications Society. He was the society’s 1998 vice president of technical affairs, and in 2000 he served as its director of related societies. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1970 from the University of Hong Kong and master’s and doctoral degrees in physics from Caltech in 1972 and 1976.

Aart de Geus

received the 2008 Phil Kaufman Award for Dis­tinguished Contributions to the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) Con­sortium. The consortium represents 100 companies in the EDA industry. De Geus was recognized for his “demonstrable impact on the field of EDA.”

De Geus is cofounder and CEO of Synopsys, one of the world’s largest suppliers of semi­conductor design and manufacturing software, located in Mountain View, Calif. He started the company in 1986 with five of his former colleagues from General Electric. He is credited with building Synopsys into a leader in electronic design.

Electronic Business magazine named him CEO of the Year in 2002 and one of the 10 Most Influential Executives in 2005.

He holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, in Lausanne. He immigrated to the United States in 1979 and earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Southern Methodist University, in Dallas.

Ramzi Nassif

has been appointed to lead Leviton’s expansion into the Middle East. The company, which manufactures electrical and electronic products, is headquartered in Little Neck, N.Y.

As the managing director for the expansion, he is based in Dubai and is overseeing sales of the company’s industrial and residential products throughout the Middle East, as well as in Turkey and India.

Before joining Leviton, Nassif worked for 3M of Maplewood, Minn., for a decade. He was 3M Gulf’s manager for the Middle East, and he helped incorporate a new fiber-installation process within the region. Previously, he had been a sales engineer, a marketing executive, and a regional sales manager for the company.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1995 from Georgia Tech.

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