Society Recognitions: November 2008

The following members were honored by IEEE societies

7 November 2008

Fellow Kenneth Galloway received the Richard F. Shea Distinguished Member Award from the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society. He was cited for his “leadership, technical, and educational contributions in the field of radiation effects on microelectronics.”

Galloway has been dean of engineering at Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, since 1996. Before that he headed the electrical and computer engineering department at the University of Arizona, in Tucson.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in physics in 1962 from Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. in physics in 1966 from the University of South Carolina, in Columbia.


Masaki Suenaga received the IEEE Council on Superconductivity Award for significant and sustained contributions to applied superconductivity.

Suenaga is a retired metallurgist who remains an active researcher at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, N.Y. He joined the lab in 1969 as an assistant metallurgist and became senior metallurgist in 1988. He was honored with Brookhaven Lab’s Distinguished Research & Development Award in 1992. He is also a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1962 and a Ph.D in metallurgy in 1969, both from the University of California at Berkeley.


Member Christopher Thomas was awarded the IEEE Standards Effort Award by the IEEE Microprocessor Standards Committee for his contributions to IEEE 1394r-2008, more commonly known as FireWire, and its electrical specifications.

Thomas is chief technology officer and co-founder of Symwave Inc., a supplier in Orange County, Calif., of high-performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductor technologies for PCs and mobile devices.

He has served as chair of various IEEE committees working on the standard, as well as editor of different sections. He led the effort to define the next generation of devices using FireWire, which will operate at either double or quadruple the standard’s current data rate.

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