Life Fellow Jack H. Judy has received the 2008 IEEE Magnetics Society Achievement Award for “contributions to the understanding and improvement of thin films for magnetic recording.” This is the society’s highest award for scientific, technical, and service contributions.
Judy was a pioneer in the observation of domain walls at the edge of magnetically recorded bits, and his research led to recording media made of cobalt chrome alloy. He also contributed to the development of recording sensors and magnetic random access memories based on giant magnetoresistance, commonly known as GMR.
Judy is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis. He is founding director of the school’s Center for Micromagnetics and Information Technology, where he researches the deposition, characterization, and application of multilayer thin-film materials for magnetic information storage.
He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from MIT in 1957 and 1959 and earned a Ph.D. in EE in 1965 from the University of Minnesota.
The 2007 IEEE Computer Society Hans Karlsson Award went to Member Katherine L. Morse. She was cited for her leadership in developing modeling and simulation standards and, as an IEEE Standards sponsor, establishing the Standards Activity Committee of the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization. SISO promotes standards development by organizing international conferences and workshops on modeling and simulation.
Morse is chair of the committee and the organization’s primary contact for all IEEE Standards activities. She is chief scientist and assistant vice president of technology at Science Applications International Corp., an engineering research company in San Diego.
Morse earned bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and in Russian and a master’s degree in computer science, all from the University of Arizona, in Tucson, in 1982, 1983, and 1986. She went on to receive master’s and doctoral degrees in information and computer science in 1995 and 2000 from the University of California, Irvine.