Society Recognitions: August 2009

These IEEE members recently were recognized for their work by IEEE societies

6 August 2009

The IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society named the recipients of three of its special awards.

The Merit Award went to Fellow Daniel M. Fleetwood for his pioneering work in understanding the effects of radiation on semiconductor materials and devices.

Fleetwood is an electrical engineering professor and chair of the electrical engineering and computer science department at Vanderbilt University, in Nashville. He has been at the forefront of several research projects dealing with radiation-induced, near-interfacial oxide traps, which he coined “border traps.” His research has also led to fundamental contributions in areas such as IC test methods, 1/f noise in MOS devices, and use of elevated temperature irradiation in predicting the low-dose-rate response of irradiated bipolar devices.

He is a member of the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences and Electron Devices societies.

Fleetwood earned a bachelor’s degree in physics and applied mathematics in 1980, a master’s in experimental physics in 1981, and a Ph.D. in solid-state physics in 1984, all from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.

The society’s Early Achievement Award went to Senior Member Jinyi Qi for contributions to the fields of nuclear and plasma sciences made within the first 10 years of his career.

Qi is an associate professor and vice chair in the department of biomedical engineering at the University of California, Davis. He is also a faculty scientist in the department of functional imaging at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. There he works to develop efficient methods for iterative image reconstruction for application-specific breast and prostate imaging systems. He is known for his analysis of Bayesian image reconstruction algorithms and for the development of high-resolution 3-D Bayesian image reconstruction methods for animal PET scans.

He is a member of IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences and Signal Processing societies.

Qi received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1993 from Tsinghua University, Beijing, and he earned master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering in 1997 and 1998 from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Fellow Peter S. Winokur received the Richard F. Shea Award for outstanding contributions in leadership to the society and its Radiation Effects Committee.

Winokur is a member of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, an independent U.S. federal agency that oversees the safety of nuclear weapons complexes operated by the U.S. Department of Energy.

He is a member of the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society and served as its vice president in 2000 and president in 2001 and 2002. He was also chairman of the society’s Radiation Effects technical committee and is currently chair of its Fellow Evaluation Committee.

Winokur earned a bachelor’s degree in 1968 from the Cooper Union, in New York City, and a master’s degree and a doctorate in 1971 and 1974 from the University of Maryland, College Park, all in physics.

Senior Member Adam Drobot received the IEEE Communications Society’s Communications Quality and Reliability 2009 Chairman’s Award. The society recognized him for his “sustained contribution to the quality, reliability, and security of communications services, networks, and systems.”

Drobot is chief technology officer at Telcordia Technologies, a communications software and service provider headquartered in Piscataway, N.J. He’s also president of its advanced technology services group. He oversees applied research in the areas of Internet, broadband and information networking and software technologies.

He is a member of the IEEE Communications and Computer societies.

Drobot earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics in 1968 from Cornell University, in Ithaca, N.Y., and he received a doctorate in plasma physics in 1975 from the University of Texas at Austin.

The IEEE Computer Society and the Association for Computing Machinery presented Fellow Joel Emer with the Eckert-Mauchly Award. The joint honor cited Emer, who is a member of both organizations, for “pioneering contributions to performance analysis, modeling methodologies, and design innovations in several significant industry microprocessors.”

He is an Intel Fellow and director of microarchitecture research at Intel Corp. in Hudson, Mass. He is also a visiting faculty member at MIT. He developed quantitative methods, including measurement of real machines, analytical modeling, and simulation techniques, that are now widely used to evaluate the performance of complex computer processors.

Emer received a bachelor’s degree in 1974 and a master’s in 1975, both in electrical engineering from Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Ind. He earned a doctorate in electrical engineering in 1979 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

The IEEE Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology Society honored Life Fellow George G. Harman with its 2009 Technology Award. He was recognized for his groundbreaking wire-bonding technology work, which led to a better understanding of the process and improved its reliability.

Harman is a consultant and retired Fellow from the Electronics and Electrical Engineering Laboratory of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Md. He is now a NIST scientist emeritus. Harman’s contributions to wire bonding interconnections to semiconductor chips helped transform the procedure—once manual labor–intensive—into a reliable, automated process.

He is a member of the IEEE Reliability and IEEE Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology Society, for which he is a Distinguished Lecturer.

Harman earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial physics in 1949 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, and a master’s in physics in 1959 from the University of Maryland, College Park.

The IEEE Photonics Society honored Atac Imamoglu with its Quantum Electronics Award. The society recognized him, though he is not an IEEE member, for contributions to electromagnetically induced transparency and to quantum dot based information processing.

Imamoglu is a quantum electronics professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich. There he heads a research group on quantum photonics with interests in quantum optics, mesoscopic physics, and quantum information processing.

He received a bachelor’s degree in 1985 from Middle East Technical University, in Ankara, Turkey. He also earned master’s and doctoral degrees in 1987 and 1991 from Stanford University.

The IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society named Life Fellow Kai-Fong Lee the recipient of its John Kraus Antenna Award for his exceptional contributions to the field of antennas.

Lee is an electrical engineering professor and dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Mississippi, Oxford. He invented the wideband U-slot patch antenna and expanded the U-slot technique to small, dual/triple-band, and circular polarization applications.

He is a member of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation, and Microwave Theory and Techniques societies.

Lee earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering in 1961 and 1963 from Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ont., Canada, and he received a doctorate in electrical engineering in 1966 from Cornell University.

The IEEE Computer Society honored Fellow Krishna V. Palem with its W. Wallace McDowell Award for “pioneering contributions to the algorithmic, compilation, and architectural foundations of embedded computing.”

Palem, a computer science professor at Rice University, Houston, heads the Institute for Sustainable Nanoelectronics (ISNE) at the Nanyang Technological University, in Singapore. The ISNE is a joint research initiative with Rice that aims to slash the design and production costs as well as the energy consumption of embedded microchips. Palem’s microchips—probabilistic complementary metal-oxide semiconductors—are acclaimed for using 30 times less electricity than currently available technology.

He is a member of the IEEE Computer Society.

Palem earned a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering and a Ph.D., in 1981 and 1986, from the University of Texas, Austin.

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