Society Recognitions: January 2010

These IEEE members recently were recognized for their work

8 January 2010

Four IEEE members became the first recipients of the Association for Computing Machinery/IEEE A. Richard Newton Technical Impact Award in Electronic Design Automation.

Life Fellow Robert K. Brayton, Member Richard Rudell, Fellow Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, and Member Albert R. Wang received the award for their seminal paper, “MIS: A Multiple-Level Logic Optimization System.” Published in the IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems in 1987, it established the groundwork for modern multilevel logic synthesis.

The IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation cosponsors the award.

In 1987, Brayton joined the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences department at UC Berkeley, where he is an engineering professor and director of the university’s Semiconductor Research Corporation Center of Excellence for Design Sciences. His specialties include analysis of nonlinear networks, electrical simulation, and optimization of circuits.

Rudell is a former professor of electrical engineering and computer science at UC Berkeley.

Sangiovanni-Vincentelli is chair of UC Berkeley’s electrical engineering and computer sciences department. He has written more than 600 papers and 15 books about design tools and methodologies, large-scale systems, embedded controllers, and hybrid systems. He is a member of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society.

Wang cofounded and is the chief technical officer for Stretch Inc., in Sunnyvale, Calif. The company designs, develops, and supplies software-configurable semiconductor processors and development tools for compute-intensive applications. He holds five patents.


The Electronic Design Automation Consortium and the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation have awarded IEEE Fellow Randal E. Bryant with the Phil Kaufman Award. Bryant was cited for his impact in theory and practice on electronic design automation and for his breakthroughs in formal verification, which refers to proving or disproving the correctness of algorithms underlying a system by mathematical means.

Bryant is a dean at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science, Pittsburgh, and has developed algorithms based on ordered binary-decision diagrams, which form the computational basis for tools that perform hardware verification, logic-circuit synthesis, and test generation.

He is a member of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society.


The IEEE Photonics Society awarded IEEE Fellow Christopher R. Doerr its William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award for his “pioneering research on highly functional integrated optical circuits based on arrayed waveguide grating routers and their implementation in advanced optical networks.”

Doerr works for Bell Laboratories, in Murray Hill, N.J., where his research focuses on integrated devices for optical communication. He is an associate editor for the IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology and a member of the IEEE Photonics Society.


The IEEE Photonics Society awarded Jose R. Salcedo its Engineering Achievement Award “in recognition of outstanding technical and leadership contributions to pulsed fiber lasers, in particular all-fiber ring-laser architectures, and of his pioneering efforts aimed at developing, promoting, and commercializing this technology in Portugal—and later in international markets.”

Salcedo is CEO of Multiwave Photonics, which he founded in 2003 in Aveiro, Portugal. The company develops and sells pulsed fiber lasers and specialty optical sources.


The IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology has honored Senior Member Clinton J. Andrews with its Brian M. O’Connell Distinguished Service Award. Andrews was recognized “for years of dedicated service to SSIT as president, serving in critical roles in SSIT conferences, in support of SSIT within IEEE, and as a voice of the society in areas of public policy.”

He is a professor of urban planning and policy development at the E.J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.

Andrews is a member of the society as well as the Power & Energy and Systems, Man, and Cybernetics societies. He is a columnist for IEEE Technology and Society, SSIT’s flagship magazine.

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