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2014 Alumni News

Academic

  • Professor W. E. Moerner (BSEE, BS Physics, AB Math 1975) was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2014 by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for developing super-resolved fluorescence microscopy. He is the Harry S. Mosher Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Stanford University. He is also a Member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His awards include the 1984 IBM Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer of the Year award and the 2008 Wolf Prize in Chemistry.
  • Evan Nixon (BS SSE, BSAS EE 2012) is pursuing an MS degree in Computer Science at Stanford University, specializing in Artificial Intelligence.



Non-Academic

  • Dr. Daryl Beetner (DSc EE, 1997, MSEE, 1994; advisor: Professor R.M. Arthur), became the Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology.
  • Mrs. Shirley Birman (BSSSE 2003) is now Manager of Quantitative Consulting for StarMine at Thomson Reuters.

  • Mr. Ajey Dambal (BSSSE 2003, BS Chemical Engineering 2003, PhD Chemical Engineering (Stanford)) is now a Vice President in the Securities Division of Goldman Sachs.

  • Mr. Gaurav Garg (BSEE, 1988, BSCS, 1988, MSEE, 1990), received the 2014 Alumni Achievement Award..

  • Dr. Bernard Sander (D.Sc. EE 1972; Advisor: Professor W.S.C. Chang), formerly with Lucent Technologies Bell Laboratories, has been elected Director-Elect of IEEE Region 4. He will serve in this post for the years 2015 and 2016, and will then serve as Director of Region 4 for the years 2017-2018. IEEE Region 4 consists of all or parts of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Dr. Sander also served as Chair of the IEEE Section in Chicago from 2008 to 2009.




2013 Alumni News

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  • Dr. Theodore Eugene Day (BScSSE, 1996, MScSSM, 1998, DSc ESE, 2006; advisor: Professor Ervin Y. Rodin) has accepted a position as Senior Improvement Advisor at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia , a major academic medical center associated with the University of Pennsylvania , beginning March 2013. The position consists of managing direct quality improvement efforts, as well as research dedicated to improving health care delivery systems.
  • Mr. Gaurav Garg (BSEE, 1988, BSCS, 1988, MSEE, 1990) is now the Managing Partner for Baccharis Capital LLC, a new venture capital firm in Silicon Valley. He co-founded and serves on the boards of a number of technology companies including Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) and FireEye.
  • Dr. Richard P. Mattione (BSSSM, 1977) was elected a member of the Washington University Board of Trustees.
  • Dr. Emir Osmanagic (BSEE, 1997, MSEE, 2000, PhD EE, 2011; advisors: Professor Martin Arthur and Professor Dmitriy Yablonskiy) has accepted a position as Director of Technical Services - Technology at the Baxter BioScience in Thousand Oaks, CA, beginning January 2014.
  • Brian Peaslee (BSEE 1987) is the Chief Engineer for electric propulsion systems at Magna Electronics, part of the Magna Powertrain group. He is the product development director for inverter, motor & generator design, for hybrid and electric vehicle drive systems. Products featured in the Fisker Karma P-HEV and Ford Focus BEV.
  • Jared Starman (BSEE, 2002) is currently a Senior Associate at Exponent in Menlo Park, CA. He received his PhD in EE from Stanford in 2011.
  • Glenn Welt (BS SSE and Finance, 2011) became an Assistant Trader at SIG.




2012 Alumni News

Academic

  • Professor Massoud Amin (MSc SSM, 1986, DSc SSM, 1990; advisor: Professor Ervin Y. Rodin) gave 16 plenary talks and keynote addresses in 2012, including at the IFAC Power and Energy Conference, the Canadian Smart Grid Summit and ISS 2012, and presented at TEDx: Powering Progress - Smart Infrastructure and the Future of Cities. (Video)
  • Professor Massoud Amin (MSc SSM, 1986, DSc SSM, 1990; advisor: Professor Ervin Y. Rodin) was interviewed about power outages in the US and India, and provided insights to enable a smarter, stronger and more secure infrastructure. His interviews included live on CNN, Public Radio International (PRI), PBS, BBC, NBC, WGBH Boston, Government Technology , Forbes and response to Sandy.
  • Professor Massoud Amin (MSc SSM, 1986, DSc SSM, 1990; advisor: Professor Ervin Y. Rodin) was named to "Networked Grid 100: The Movers and Shakers of the Smart Grid in 2012" by GreenTechMedia . He also continues to serve as the founding Chairman of the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter.
  • Professor Massoud Amin (MSc SSM, 1986, DSc SSM, 1990; advisor: Professor Ervin Y. Rodin) was elected president of the International Association for Management of Technology (IAMOT) for 2012-2014. Prof. Amin was re-elected for a 2nd term (2013-2015) to the Board of Directors the Texas Reliability Entity(TRE), and was elected as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of TRE. He was also elected to the Board of Directors of the Midwest Reliability Organization (MRO) for 2013-2015. Both TRE and MRO are non-profit organizations dedicated to ensuring the reliability and security of the bulk power system in ERCOT and MISO, respectively.
  • Professor David W. Barnett (DSc EE with BME Certificate 1995, Advisors: Professors William Pickard and Stanley Misler) is now the Dean of Engineering at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
  • Professor Jennifer A Dionne (BSSSE, BS Physics 2003), now with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University, was selected to receive a Young Alumni award.
  • Professor Michael F. McNitt-Gray (BSEE 1979) is Professor in the Department of Radiological Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles and Director of the Biomedical Physics Graduate program there. He was recently (2011) elected as a Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.
  • Professor W. E. Moerner (BSEE 1975), the Harry S. Mosher Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Stanford University, became Chair of the Department of Chemistry in 2011. He received the IBM Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer of the Year award in 1984, the IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award in 1988 and 1992, the Earle K. Plyer Prize for Molecular Spectroscopy in 2001, the Wolf Prize in Chemistry in 2008, the Irving Langmuir Prize in Chemical Physics in 2009, and the Pittsburgh Spectroscopy award in 2011.
  • Professor Zoran Nenadic (DSc SSM, 2001; advisor: Professor Bijoy K. Ghosh), now an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Irvine, received a Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation.
  • Dr. Katherine A. Rink (BSSSE, 1993, MSSSM, 1996, DSc SSM, 1998; advisor: Professor Ervin Y. Rodin), was promoted to Group Leader of the Advanced Concepts and Technologies Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in March 2012.
  • Professor Andrea Serrani (DSc SSM, 2000; advisor: Professor Norman Katz), now an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The Ohio State University, received a grant from the National Science Foundation for a research project entitled "Control of Over-Actuated Nonlinear Systems with Application to High-Efficiency Internal Combustion Engines".
  • Dr. Ruoting Yang (PhD SSM 2008; advisor: Professor Tzyh-Jong Tarn), now a postdoctoral scholar in the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies at the University of California, Santa Barbara , was selected to receive the Steve Hsia Best Biomedical Paper Award at the 2012 World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation.


Non-Academic

  • Dr. Randall Bateman (BSEE, 1995) became the Charles F. and Joanne Knight Distinguished Professor of Neurology in the Washington University school of medicine on May 21, 2012.
  • Dr. Luo-Jen "Larry" Chiang (DSc SSM 1982; advisor: Professor John Zaborszky), now a Senior Advisor and Former President of Siemens Telecommunication Systems, was selected to receive an Alumni Achievement award.
  • Mr. Sanjai Kohli (MSSSM, 1981), now the chief technology office of SiRF Technology Inc., was awarded a 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award by IIT Bombay, his undergraduate university.





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2009 Alumni News

Academic

  • Professor Massoud Amin (MSc SSM, 1986, DSc SSM, 1990; advisor: Professor Ervin Y. Rodin) gave a Congressional briefing in DC on October 15th on Transitional Technologies: The Road to the New Energy Economy. This event was hosted by Discover magazine, The National Science Foundation (NSF), IEEE and ASME at the Rayburn House Office Building.
  • Professor Massoud Amin (MSc SSM, 1986, DSc SSM, 1990; advisor: Professor Ervin Y. Rodin), now Director of the Center for the Development of Technological Leadership, University of Minnesota, gave keynote kickoff at the annual MIT Energy Conference, and also Congressional Staffer Briefing on "Towards a Stronger and Smarter Grid."
  • Professor T. Alan Hurwitz (BSEE 1965) was named President of Gallaudet University.
  • Professor Marija Ilic (MSc SSM, 1978, DSc SSM, 1980; advisor: Professor John Zaborszky), now with Carnegie Mellon University, was featured in Science article entitled Students Energized by Power Engineering.
  • Professor Gerald R. Kane (BSEE 1968), now with the University of Tulsa, was President of the Board of Directors, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (ECEDHA), for 2008/2009.
  • Professor Aaron D. Lanterman (MSc EE 1995, DSc EE. 1998; advisors: Professors Michael Miller and Donald L. Snyder), now with Georgia Institute of Technology, was appointed one of seven 2009 Hesburgh Award Teaching Fellows.
  • Professor Chunli Liu (DSc EE, 2002; Advisor: Professor Barbara A. Shrauner) was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Korea.
  • Professor Chrysanthe Preza (BSc EE & BSc CS 1987, MSc EE 1990, MSc CS 1991,DSc. EE 1998; advisors: Professors Michael I. Miller and Donald L. Snyder), now with the University of Memphis, received an NSF CAREER award.
  • Professor Mark Spong (DSc SSM, 1981; advisor: Professor T.J. Tarn), now Dean of Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas, became the Lars Magnus Ericsson Chair in Electrical Engineering and the Excellence in Education Chair in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science.
  • Professor Renjeng Su (DSc SSM, 1980; advisor: Professor T.J. Tarn), became Dean of the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science at Portland State University.
  • Professor Philip Tsang (BSEE 1986) became a professor and Vice President, Academic and Research, of the Caritas Institute of Higher Education in May 2009.

    • Non-Academic

      • Dr. Dev J. Banerjee (MSc SSM 1974, DSc ME 1977), became Director of Systems Engineering for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems IDS, received an Alumni Achievement Award.
      • Mr. Matt Ettus (BS EE and CS, 1996), founder of Ettus Research LLC, is a major contributor to the GNU Radio project. Ettus is the creator of the Universal Software Radio Peripheral (USRP), high-speed USB-based board for making software radios. Ettus Research serves clients in Wireless Communications, DSP, and Software Radio design.
      • Mr. Zachary Lemnios (MSc EE, 1979), was elevated to Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering of the US Department of Defense on July 2nd, 2009.
      • Mr. Zachary Lemnios (MSc EE, 1979), was appointed Director of Defense Research and Engineering of the US Department of Defense (DOD), 2009. More
      • Dr. Richard K. Moore (BSEE, 1943) commented on the EE Class of 1943.
      • Ms. Anna Patterson (BSEE, BSCS, 1987), who launched and leads Cuil, received an Alumni Achievement Award.
      • Dr. John Sommerer (BS SSM, MSc SSM, 1979), now Director of Science & Technology, Chief Technology Officer, and Head of the Space Department of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, received an Alumni Achievement Award.
      • Dr. John Sommerer (BS SSM, MSc SSM, 1979), was appointed Chair of the style="COLOR: #004400; TEXT-DECORATION: underline" href="http://www.nrac.navy.mil/" target="">Naval Research Advisory Committee.
      • Mr. Bernard Sander (DSc EE 1972; Advisor: Professor W.S.C. Chang), formerly with Lucent Technologies Bell Laboratories, served as Chair of the IEEE Section in Chicago from 2008 to 2009.
      • Garry E. Wendlandt (BS AMCS, 1972), is now Vice Chairman, New York Life Insurance Company.
      • Dr. Theodore Eugene Day (BSc SSE, 1996, MSc SSM, 1999, DSc ESE, 2006: Professor Ervin Y. Rodin), now Supervisory Physical Sciences Researcher at St. Louis Veterans Health Administration, won a $100,000 2009 VHA Innovation Award and has a paper on queueing theory and simulation upcoming in the Journal of Pharmacy Practice.



      2008 Alumni News

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      Non-Academic

      • Dr. Jeremy Ackerman (BSSSE and BME, 1996) joined the medical advisory board of InnerOptic Technology Inc.
      • Mr. Bob Becnel (MSEE 2003) was Fellow in the National Society of Professional Engineers.
      • Mr. John Berra (BSc SSE 1969), President of Emerson Process Management, was recognized at the Founder's Day.
      • Dr. Paul L. Chandeysson, M.D., (BSEE, 1958) received an Alumni Achievement Award.
      • Mr. Zachary Lemnios (MSc EE, 1979), became Chief Technology Officer at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
      • Ms. Anna Patterson (BSEE, BSCS, 1987) launched a company to develop the search engine, Cuil and compete with Google. Read NYT Article.
      • Dr. Charles Simmons (BSEE, 1970) received an Alumni Achievement Award. Charles E. Simmons retired in 2000 from Network Appliance Inc., where he worked as vice president of marketing and vice president of corporate development.
      • Dr. John Sommerer (BS SSM, MSc SSM, 1979) led a Naval Research Advisory Council study for the Secretary of the Navy and the Commander, US Pacific Fleet, on technical enablers to establish an Undersea Maritime Domain Awareness capability. The NRAC is the senior scientific advisory group to the Secretary, the Chief of Naval Operations, and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Sommerer, the Director of Science and Technology for Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, completed a two-year term as Vice Chair of the NRAC.
      • Dr. John Sommerer (BS SSM, MSc SSM, 1979), Director of Science & Technology and Chief Technology Officer of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, became Head of APL's Space Department, which is responsible for executing several exciting NASA missions including, New Horizons and Messenger.
      • Mr. Graham Wright (BSEE 1984) saved the environment with solar energy. More
      • Dr. Michael Barry (BSCE, 1983, MSEE, 1988) joined Pachira IP Inc. in Ottawa as VP of Patent Licensing.



      2007 Alumni News

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      • Dr. Abed Hammoud (DSc EE, 1994; advisor: Professor Donald L. Snyder) became Chief Executive Officer of Schaerer-Mayfield Imaging.
      • Dr. Daniel A. O'Connor (DSc SSM, 1978; advisor: Professor T.J. Tarn), became Group Leader of System Architecture at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
      • Dr. Katherine A. Rink (BS, SSE, 1993, MS SSM, 1996, DSc SSM, 1998; advisor: Professor Ervin Y. Rodin), was promoted to Associate Group Leader of the Air Defense Techniques Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
      • Dr. Katherine A. Rink (BS, SSE, 1993, MS SSM, 1996, DSc SSM, 1998; advisor: Professor Ervin Y. Rodin) Leads a team which was awarded an MIT Lincoln Laboratory Team Award.



      2006 Alumni News

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      • Dr. Yilong Chen (DSc SSM, 1984; advisor: Professor T.J. Tarn) became General Director of Asia Pacific Affairs and chief representative in China of the Automotive Industry Action Group.
      • Mr. Greg Sullivan (BS SSM, 1981) became Chief Executive Officer of Global Velocity, Inc.
      • Dr. Di Yan (DSc SSM, 1990; advisor: Professor Hiro Mukai) became Director of Clinical Physics at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI.

      ESE Alumni have positions at places such as

      • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
      • Cisco Systems
      • Carnegie Mellon University
      • Boeing
      • US Department of Defense
      • MIT

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