Society Recognitions: October 2008

The following people were recently honored by IEEE groups or societies

6 October 2008

Fellow Fumio Koyama has received the IEEE Lasers & Electro-Optics Society’s William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award. The LEOS award recognizes an exceptional scientific contribution that has had significant impact in the field of lasers and electro-optics.

In 1988, Koyama achieved the first room-temperature continuous-wave operation of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs). He was also recognized for his current research on photonic integrated devices and related semiconductor-microfabrication techniques.

Koyama is a professor of electrical engineering at the Microsystem Research Center at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. In 1985, he joined the research team there of Professor Emeritus Kenichi Iga, who is credited with inventing VCSELs.

He earned bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in physical electronics from the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1980, 1982, and 1985.


Fellow Kent D. Choquette received the IEEE LEOS Engineering Achievement Award for his work on the development of lasers.

As a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Choquette organized the highly regarded Photonic Device Research Group whose work centers on the fabrication and design of VCSELs.

He has also been an associate editor of the IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics and IEEE Photonic Technology Letters.

Choquette earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics and applied mathematics in 1984 from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He also earned master’s and doctoral degrees in materials sciences from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1985 and 1990.


Senior Member Robin Hurst received the IEEE Power & Energy Society’s Leadership in Power Award. She was cited for exceptional contributions to the promotion of the electric power engineering profession.

Hurst is vice president of power delivery at Alabama Power, an electric utility headquartered in Birmingham. She created the Engineer in Training program for the company in 1993 to recruit, train, and hire young engineers. More than 200 engineers have gone through the program.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in 1968 in electrical engineering from the University of South Alabama, in Mobile.


Member Darrin Hanna was awarded the IEEE Computer Society’s Computer Science & Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award. He was cited for “outstanding contributions to undergraduate education through teaching and service.”

As an assistant professor of engineering at Oakland University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science, in Rochester, Mich., Hanna has created a teaching approach and curriculum in which students are engaged in problem-based learning. He also encourages his students to improve their communication skills and work in teams.

Hanna earned two bachelor’s degrees from Oakland University in 1999, one in mathematics, and the other in computer science and engineering. He also earned a master’s degree in computer science in 2000 and a Ph.D. in philosophy in system engineering in 2003, both from Oakland.


Sir Martin Wood, founder of Oxford Instruments, received the IEEE Max Swerdlow Award for Sustained Service to the Applied Superconductivity Community. The award, established by the IEEE Council of Superconductivity, was given to Wood for his innovative and bold approach to commercializing superconducting magnets and magnet systems.

Wood founded Oxford Instruments in Oxfordshire, England, in 1959 after inventing the world’s first superconducting magnet. The company is one of the leading superconductivity companies in the world and supplies high-tech tools and systems to a variety of industries.

Wood received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Cambridge University in 1955. He also earned a master’s degree in mining from Imperial College, London in 1958.


The following three people were given awards by the IEEE Professional Communication Society (PCS).

Member Jeffrey Rice received the James F. Lufkin Best Paper Award for his paper, “From Collaborative to Collective Writing: Producing Knowledge through Web 2.0 Technical Writing Environments.” Rice is an English professor at Wayne State University, in Detroit. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English in 1992 from Indiana University, in Bloomington. He was also awarded a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition from the University of Florida, in Gainesville, in 1999 and 2002.

Member Paul Lowry was awarded the Rudolph J. Joenk Award for Best Paper in the 2007 Transactions on Professional Communication for his paper “A Scientific Study of the Perceived Quality of Business and Technical Communication Journals.” He is an assistant professor of information systems at the Marriott School at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah. He earned a bachelor’s degree in information management and a master’s degree in information systems from Brigham Young in 1991 and 1997. He also received a Ph.D. in information systems in 2002 from the University of Arizona, in Tucson.

Member Steven Robinson received the Emily K. Schlesinger Award for Distinguished Service to PCS. He was the society’s treasurer for six years and treasurer for many of the society’s conferences. He received a bachelor’s degree in engineering in 1995 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is currently pursuing an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University, Nashua, N.H.

Three members received awards from the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society.

Senior Member Ilan Ben-Zvi received the society’s Merit Award, cited for outstanding contributions to high-energy physics accelerators and free-electron lasers.

Ben-Zvi participated in the earliest stages of the development of superconducting linear accelerations at Stanford University, and founded the Cryogenic Technology Laboratory at the Weizman Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, where he worked on cryogenics and electrostatic accelerators.

He is a senior scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, N.Y., and the associate chair for superconducting accelerator R&D and group leader of electron cooling in the laboratory’s collider-accelerator department.

Ben-Zvi earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics in 1965 from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He received a Ph.D. in nuclear physics from the Weizmann Institute of Science in 1970.

Fellow Steven H. Gold received the society’s Richard F. Shea Award for “outstanding contributions to the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Science Society.”

Gold was recognized for his service on the executive committee of the society’s Plasma Science and Applications committee. He has been a committee member for 18 years, including two years as vice chair.

He is the senior scientist for radiation generation in the Beam Physics branch at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. He also heads the laboratory’s Magnicon Facility where he directs a program that studies advanced accelerator technology.

He earned master’s and doctoral degrees in physics from the University of Maryland, in College Park in 1970 and 1978.

Member Farhat Beg received the nuclear society’s 2008 Early Achievement Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions made during the first 10 years of a person’s career. He was cited for “contributions to the understanding of electron transport in short pulse high intensity laser matter interactions.”

Beg is an expert on Z-pinch discharges and the interaction of very-high-power laser pulses with matter. He was the first to present an experimental scaling of hot electron temperature with the laser intensity of short pulse laser-matter interactions, which is now known as Beg’s Scaling.

Beg is an associate professor of engineering science at the University of California, San Diego, as well as a visiting professor at Imperial College London.

He received a bachelor’s degree in physics from Quaid-i-Azam University in Pakistan. He also earned a Ph.D. in experimental plasma physics in 1995 from Imperial College, London.

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