Moshe Kam IEEE President
Appointment of Dr. Moshe Kam to Dean, Newark College of Engineering
3 April, 2014

ENGINEERING AS A LIBERAL ART: an address to the Edinburgh International Cultural Summit (The Debating Chamber, Scottish Parliament; Edinburgh, Scotland; 14 August 2012)
14 August, 2012

Comments during the dedication of an IEEE Milestone on the World’s First Reliable High Voltage Power Fuse, 1909 (3 August 2012, Chicago, IL, USA)
3 August, 2012

Comments at the Dedication of the IEEE Milestone Mainline Electrification of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, 1895 (21 June 2012, Baltimore, MD)
9 July, 2012

Comments at the installation of the Iota Lambda Chapter of Eta Kappa Nu at the University of Hong Kong (13 January 2012)
13 January, 2012

Comments at the Unveiling of the IEEE Milestone on the Apollo Guidance Computer, Cambridge, MA
13 December, 2011

Roger Pollard (1 June 1946 - 3 December 2011)
4 December, 2011

As 2011 draws to a close...
3 December, 2011

Member Letter – U.S. Hurricane Irene/Floods
10 September, 2011

Message to IEEE Volunteers and Members in Japan
14 March, 2011

It Is About Value (Not About Price)
11 February, 2011

A Small Miracle in Hyderabad
27 January, 2011

So you are traveling a lot, eh?
17 January, 2011

How Should We Proceed with IEEE’s Humanitarian Efforts?
1 January, 2011

IEEE and Haiti
20 January, 2010

A Most Impressive Quasquicentennial in Hyderabad
7 January, 2010

My New Year Resolution - Seeking Less Experienced Volunteers
2 January, 2010

Mail about IEEE Spectrum article - Powerless in Gaza
26 December, 2009

The list of new IEEE Fellows is out
15 December, 2009

In praise of three tough guys from Trinidad
25 November, 2009

Who will be the 50th President of IEEE?
23 November, 2009

Smart Grid and Standards Search - the Board of Directors approves new initiatives
22 November, 2009

Globalization and Music - a Visit to the IEEE France Section
12 November, 2009

Moshe Kam elected IEEE 2010 President-Elect
7 October, 2009


The list of new IEEE Fellows is out

The list of new IEEE Fellows came out, an event I am always looking for at this time of the year. The list is short – only about 0.1% of the voting members of IEEE are elected by the Board of Directors every year to this honor – the highest membership grade we recognize.

An IEEE Fellow is supposed to be "a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments," and when you look at the newly elected members of this class you see immediately that this is not an exaggeration. I know many of the new Fellows personally, and I know others from their books and papers or from meeting and working with their students. They are indeed some of the brightest in our profession.

Here is a small sample.

Ray Dolby of Dolby Laboratories from San Francisco, CA was elected "for leadership in developing and commercializing practical noise reduction technology." He is a household name, known, among many other achievements, for the Dolby NR noise reduction system used in magnetic tape recording, and for being a co-inventor of video tape recording.

James Hendler, from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is a well known artificial intelligence researcher. He is one of the inventors of the Semantic Web. He has authored some of the most-cited and interesting technical papers in the areas of artificial intelligence, agent-based computing, and high performance processing. The Fellow citation, accordingly, is "for contributions to artificial intelligence, and development of the semantic web."

Bart Kosko, from the University of Southern California, wrote some of the most insightful and interesting texts on neural networks, fuzzy logic, and machine intelligence ("for contributions to neural and fuzzy systems.") Years ago he was a very inspiring speaker in an IEEE Philadelphia Section all-day workshop on Neural Networks and Their Applications – some attendees are still speaking about this event today.

Bernabé Linares-Barranco is from the National Microelectronics Center in Sevilla , Spain. He is well known for circuit design for telecommunication circuits, VLSI emulators of biological neurons, VLSI neural based pattern recognition systems, hearing aids, precision circuit design for instrumentation equipment, bio-inspired VLSI vision processing systems, and VLSI transistor mismatch parameters characterization. ("for contributions to the design and application of linear and nonlinear circuits in neuromorphic systems").

Umit Ozguner ("for contributions to the development of intelligent autonomous vehicles") from Ohio State University has designed analyzed and experimented with state of the art robots for more than a quarter of a century. He worked on large-scale, intelligent systems modeling and optimization, hybrid systems, decentralized control, automotive and transportation systems, and automated highway systems.

Rodolphe Sepulchre, from Université de Liège ("for contributions to nonlinear systems") is author of two books on automatic control which I deeply appreciate. They exhibit amazing intellectual depth and demonstrate the author’s clear mastery of broad areas in mathematics, control and optimization. The books are: “Optimization on Matrix Manifolds” (Princeton University Press, 2008) and “Constructive Nonlinear Control” (Springer Verlag, 1997).

As happens every year, I am awed by the achievements of these intellectuals, and feel very good about being part of the association that honored them. They represent the best in IEEE – in the depth of their analytical abilities, the breadth of their interests, their originality, creativity and mathematical rigor. The new Fellows may not be as famous as some Hollywood starlets or the minor so-called celebrities whose trivial affairs end up on the covers of the Sun or the National Enquirer. However, what they have done for the public, for higher learning and for the advancement of engineering and science, makes them true heroes of our organization and our society.

Moshe Kam ( ) ECE Department, Drexel University, 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
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