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Professor Michael Pecht has a B.S. in Acoustics (Physics Department), an M.S. in Electrical Engineering, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is a professional engineer, an IEEE Fellow, an ASME Fellow, an SAE Fellow, and an IMAPS Fellow. He is a world-renowned expert in strategic planning, design, test, IP, and risk assessment of electronic products and systems. In 2011, he received the University of Maryland’s Innovation Award for his new concepts in risk management. In 2010 he received the IEEE Exceptional Technical Achievement Award for his innovations in the area of prognostics and systems health management. In 2008, he was awarded the highest reliability honor, the IEEE Reliability Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He previously received the European Micro and Nano-Reliability Award for outstanding contributions to reliability research, 3M Research Award for electronics packaging, and the IMAPS William D. Ashman Memorial Achievement Award for his contributions in electronics analysis. He served as Chief Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Reliability for eight years, was Chief Editor for Microelectronics Reliability for seven years, Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Components and Packaging Technology, and on the advisory board of IEEE Spectrum. He is the founder and Director of CALCE (Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering) at the University of Maryland, which is funded by over 150 of the world’s leading electronics companies at more than US$6 million per year. The CALCE Center received the NSF Innovation Award in 2009. He is currently a Chair Professor in Mechanical Engineering and a Professor in Applied Mathematics at the University of Maryland. He has written more than 20 books on product reliability, development, use, and supply chain management and over 500 technical articles. He has also written a series of books of the electronics industry in China, Korea, Japan, and India. He consults for 22 international companies.
SHAHIDUL ISLAM KHAN
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
Ramna Dhaka, Bangladesh
Shahidul Islam Khan (S’86-M’86-SM’89) received the Ph.D. degree from Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada, on power electronics in 1986.
He is currently a Professor at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Ramna Dhaka, Bangladesh. He served as the Head of the Department and the Dean of the Faculty of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and the Director of the Centre for Energy Studies, BUET. He has also been a visiting faculty member at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor Bahru, Malaysia. His research is focused on renewable energy (solar PV, wind energy, and hybrid systems) and sustainable technologies. He authored over 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals and at international and national conferences. He has led projects on solar energy and energy efficiency funded by the Government of Bangladesh and international agencies such as USAID, German Development Cooperation (GIZ), European Union, etc. He served in numerous governmental committees on energy projects and makes regular national media appearances on power, energy, and technology policy issues.
School of Biomedical Engineering
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO, USA
Diego Krapf (M’08) received the B.S. degree in Physics in 1997 and the Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics in 2004, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel.
During his Ph.D. studies, he worked on infrared optics on nanostructured materials in the lab of Amir Sa’ar. His dissertation focused on the electronic structure of semiconductor quantum dots and quantum wells. He then joined the research group of Cees Dekker in The Netherlands as a postdoctoral researcher where he focused on single-molecule biophysics using solid-state nanopores. Since August 2007, he has served as Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and the School of Biomedical Engineering at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA. His current research interests include cellular biophysics at the single-molecule level, with particular emphasis on membrane and cytoskeleton dynamics and super-resolution imaging.
CHERUVU SIVA KUMAR
Indian Institute of Technology
Cheruvu Siva Kumar (M’12) was born in India in 1966. He received the Bachelor of Technology degree in Manufacturing Science and Engineering in 1987 and the doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1995, both from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India.
He is currently a faculty member of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. He works primarily in the area of Robotics and Intelligent Systems and also in areas of CAD-CAM and Computer Networks. He worked briefly in the manufacturing industry in 1987 and was a post-doctoral fellow in the Science and Technology Agency (now JSPS) at AIST (formerly Electro Technical Laboratory), Tsukuba, Japan, in 1999. His research areas span control of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, flexure-based micro-grippers, humanoid robots, and direct digital manufacturing of metals using additive processes and in computer networks.
Dr. Kumar is a member of professional international organizations, namely IEEE, ASME, and AUVSI. In India he is serving in national bodies as an expert member in the Marine Systems panel of the Naval Research Board, as an advisor for the Additive Manufacturing Society of India, and member of a telecom engineering center working group on QoS networks. He has over 50 archived publications in international journals, conferences, and book chapters and has filed two patents.
KHALED BEN LETAIEF
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)
Khaled Ben Letaief (S’85-M’90-SM’97-F’03) received the Ph.D. degree from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA, in 1990.
He is currently Dean of Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Hong Kong. He has over 450 IEEE papers, 13 US patents, and six technical contributions to IEEE standards. He served as founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications-Wireless Communications Series.
Dr. Letaief was instrumental in organizing IEEE flagship conferences (e.g., WCNC’07, ICC’08; ICC’10). He is the recipient of six teaching awards and nine IEEE Best Paper awards. He is Fellow of IEEE, ISI Highly Cited Researcher, and recipient of 2007 IEEE ComSoc Publications Exemplary Award. He has received the 2009 IEEE Marconi Prize Award, 2010 Purdue University Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award, and 2011 IEEE Communications Society Harold Sobol Award. He served IEEE in many functions including Chair of the 2008 IEEE TA/MGA Visits Program; IEEE ComSoc Vice President for Conferences; ComSoc and VT Fellow Evaluation Committees; IEEE TAB/PSPB Products & Services Committee; and member of IEEE PSPB.
JOSÉ M. F. MOURA
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
José M. F. Moura (S’71–M’75–SM’90–F’94-LF’12) received the Electrical Engineering degree from the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Lisbon, Portugal, and the Ph.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA.
He is a University Professor at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Pittsburgh, PA, USA; was on the faculty at IST; and has been Visiting Professor at MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA. In 2010, he was elected University Professor at CMU. His interests include statistical and algebraic signal and image processing. He directs a large education and research partnership between Carnegie Mellon and nine Universities in Portugal. He founded at Carnegie Mellon two research institutes, the Center for Sensed Critical Infrastructure Research and the Information and Communications Technologies Institute.
Dr. Moura is a Life Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and a Member of the Academy of Sciences of Portugal. He received the Signal Processing Society (SPS) Technical Achievement Award and the Meritorious Service Award from SPS; he was awarded by CMU the 2008 Philip L. Dowd Fellowship Award for Contributions to Engineering Education and the 2007 CIT Outstanding Research Award. He received in 2006 an IBM Faculty Award.
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY, USA
John Naber (S’81-M’85-SM’95) received the B.S. and M.Eng. degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1983 and 1985, respectively, from the University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, USA, in 1992.
He worked in industry as an integrated circuit designer at General Electric (Syracuse, NY, USA) and ITT (Roanoke, VA, USA) from 1985 through 1995. In 1995, he joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA, and is currently employed in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as Professor and Associate Chair.
Dr. Naber currently supports two full-time research engineers, five Ph.D. students, and two M.S. students. He has over 60 journal and conference publications in the areas of integrated circuits, sensors, RFID, wireless, and implantable biomedical systems. He also has eight granted US patents and five granted international patents. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi and a Senior member of IEEE.
Geelong, Vic, Australia
Saeid Nahavandi (M’92-SM’07) received B.Sc. (Honors), M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Control Engineering from Durham University, Durham, UK in 1985, 1986, and 1991, respectively.
He then joined Massey University, Palmerstown North, New Zealand, where he taught and led research in robotics and intelligent systems. In 1998, he joined Deakin University, Geelong, Vic, Australia, where he currently holds the titles of Alfred Deakin Professor and the Chair of Engineering. He is the director for the Center for Intelligent Systems Research at Deakin University with 60 researchers.
Prof. Nahavandi has been an active researcher in the area of intelligent systems since the late 1980s. He received the Prince & Princess of Wales Science Award in 1994 and won the title of Young Engineer of the Year in 1996. He has carried out industry-based research with companies and organizations such as ABB, Air-International, Australian Defence Force, BNP, Boeing, Bosch, FESTO, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Nissan, Omron, Pacifica, Siemens, Sun Microsystems, and Vestas.
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO, USA
Ali Pezeshki (S’95–M’05) received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, in 1999 and 2001, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA, in 2004.
In 2005, he was a postdoctoral research associate with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Colorado State University. From January 2006 to August 2008, he was a postdoctoral research associate with The Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA. Since August 2008, he has been an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Colorado State University. Since October 2012, he is also an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Colorado State University. His research interests are in statistical signal processing and coding theory and their applications to distributed sensing, active/passive sensing, and bioimaging.
University of Ferrara
Gianluca Setti (S’94-M’97-SM’02F’06) received the Dr.Eng. degree (honors) and the Ph.D. degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy, in 1992 and in 1997, respectively.
Since 1997, he has been with the School of Engineering, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy, where he is currently a Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He held several positions as Visiting Professor/Scientist at EPFL (2002, 2005), UCSD (2004), IBM (2004, 2007), and at the University of Washington (2008, 2010). He is also a permanent faculty member of ARCES, University of Bologna (2001-present). He co-authored three books,12 book chapters and over 200 journal papers and conference contributions.
Dr. Setti is (co)recipient of the 2004 IEEE CAS Society Darlington Award, Best Paper Award at ECCTD, 2006, Best Student Paper Award at EMCZurich, 2005, and at ISCAS, 2011, as well as the Best Italian Ph.D. Thesis Award in Neural Networks, 1997. He is an IEEE Fellow.
Bing Sheu (S’81-M’85-SM’91-F’96) received the B.S. degree from National Taiwan University, Taipei City, Taiwan, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA.
He taught at University of Southern California from 1985 to 1998 and became Full Professor in 1997. He moved to industry in 1999 and joined TSMC in 2006 as a Director at R&D. He was the original creator of the BSIM (Berkeley Short-channel IGFET Model) that was widely used in microelectronics industry.
Dr. Sheu is an IEEE Fellow, 1998 Senior Fulbright Scholar from US Information Agency, and Honorary Chair Professor at National Chiao Tung University and at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. He is co-recipient of IEEE Transactions on Very Larege Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems Best Paper Award in 1995, IEEE Guillemin-Cauer Award in 1997, and recipient of IEEE CAS Society Golden Jubilee Award in 2000, IEEE CAS Society Meritorious Service Award in May 2004, and Education Contribution Award from Ministry of Education (Taiwan) in 2006.
MARWAN A. SIMAAN
University of Central Florida
Tampa, FL, USA
Marwan A. Simaan (S’69-M’72-SM’79-F’88-LF’12) received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois (UI), Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA, in 1972.
His academic experience includes faculty appointments at the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt), Pittsburgh, PA, USA, and the University of Central Florida, Tampa, FL, USA. His industrial experience includes research appointments and consultancies with Bell Labs, Shell, Gulf Oil, and ALCOA. At Pitt (1976-2008), he served as Chair of the Electrical Engineering Department and held the position of Bell of PA/Bell Atlantic Professor of Electrical Engineering. At UCF (2008-present), he served as Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science and holds the position of Florida 21st Century Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Dr. Simaan served on numerous professional committees and editorial boards and received several awards including three best papers awards, a Distinguished Alumnus Award from ECE at UI (1995), and a Distinguished Engineering Service Award from the College of Engineering at UI (2008). He is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, a member of NAE, a Life Fellow of IEEE, and Fellow of ASEE and AAAS.
State University of New York Buffalo
Buffalo, NY, USA
Satrajit Sinha received the M.B.B.S. degree from the Medical College Kolkata, Kolkata, India. He received the Ph.D. degree in biochemistry from the University of Texas at Houston, Houston, TX, USA, under the supervision of Dr. Benoit de Crombrugghe.
He was then a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA, with Dr. Elaine Fuchs, where he developed his interest in epithelial biology, especially skin keratinocytes. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Biochemistry at the State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo. His research interest is in transcriptional control mechanisms of epithelial cell development and differentiation. His laboratory utilizes biochemical and genetic approaches and genome-wide interrogation techniques to answer fundamental questions about differentiation of progenitor/stem populations and to examine molecular consequences of altered expression of transcription factors.
Dr. Sinha serves on the editorial board of journals and is a reviewer for several NIH study sections, and his research is funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Nanyang Technological University
Ah-Hwee Tan (M’04-SM’04) received the Ph.D. degree in Cognitive and Neural Systems from Boston University, Boston, MA, USA, and the B.S. (First Class Honors) and M.S. degree in Computer and Information Science from the National University of Singapore, Singapore.
He is an Associate Professor and the Head of Division of Software and Information Systems at the School of Computer Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NYU), Singapore. Prior to joining NTU, he was a Research Manager at A*STAR Institute for Infocomm Research I2R, leading the Text Mining and Intelligent Agents groups. His research interests include cognitive and neural systems, intelligent agents, machine learning, and text mining.
Dr. Tan has published more than 120 technical papers and six patents and has successfully commercialized a suite of business-intelligence technologies. He serves on the editorial boards of Applied Intelligence, Journal of Database Management, and Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments. He is a member of ACM and INNS and a Senior member of IEEE.
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