KON MAX WONG
Wong has received a Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for his work in electrical and computer engineering. The nonprofit German foundation, which aims to improve international cooperation among technologists working on research projects, grants up to 100 awards annually. Wong plans to do research at a German institution. His US $90 000 award is to be presented by German president Horst Köhler.
For almost 30 years, Wong has been a professor of electrical and computer engineering at McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ont., Canada. He holds a research chair in signal processing at the university.
His areas of interest include signal detection and estimation, sensor array processing, adaptive filtering, communications theory, optimal design of transmitters and receivers, multiple-input and multiple-output communications, and biomedical signal processing. His university research group is developing high-performance signal-processing algorithms for communications technologies, including wire-line, cellular, and satellite telephony; multicarrier communications; radar and antenna arrays; and target identification and tracking.
Wong is a member of the IEEE Information Theory and Signal Processing societies.
WILLIAM L. JONES
Jones was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award in Aerospace from the National Society of Black Engineers. He was cited for his technical excellence, leadership, and contributions to the aerospace engineering field.
Jones is a senior staff scientist and subproject manager of the Microelectronics Product Center at Northrop Grumman’s aerospace systems department in Los Angeles. He oversees the development of monolithic microwave integrated circuits for flight payloads and is the MMIC subproject manager for Northrop Grumman’s advanced extremely high-frequency program. That program is developing the U.S. military’s newest strategic and tactical communications relay system.
GRADUATE STUDENT MEMBER
Gaspard was chosen by the U.S. National Engineers Week Foundation as one of its 13 New Faces of Engineering for 2010. She was recognized for her innovative research on a device to improve the health and survival rate of newborns. The National Engineers Week Foundation is a coalition of companies, government agencies, and engineering associations, including IEEE-USA. Its New Faces program highlights the vitality, diversity, and contributions of engineers under 30.
Gaspard is a graduate student and researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh. There, she developed the neonatal automated physiotherapy device, which helps keep newborns healthy by massaging them. Studies have found that massage promotes healthy development of infants. To commercialize the new technology, Gaspard recently founded TLneoCare, a pediatric-care biotech company in Pittsburgh.
Gaspard is a member of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement, Circuits and Systems, and Engineering in Medicine and Biology societies, as well as IEEE Women in Engineering.
Photos from top: McMaster University; Northrop Grumman Corp.; Carnegie Mellon University