2018 - Donald Heirman

Donald Heirman

A recognized expert in electromagnetic compatibility standardization, Donald Heirman has dedicated his career to the development of standards and education in the field and extending technology to address business, consumer, and social needs. EMC is the ability of electronic devices to operate near each other without experiencing the effects of electromagnetic interference, and Heirman’s in-depth understanding of EMC coupled with his dedication to progressing the field of EMC product compliance measurements has resulted in many invaluable contributions. He spent over 30 years with Bell Laboratories, where he focused on reducing low-frequency and radio-frequency noise in telephone circuits, providing regulatory compliance testing strategies and designing, building, and operating compliance test facilities. There he founded the Global Product Compliance Laboratory and was responsible for the company’s major EMC and associated regulatory activities. He was instrumental in Bell’s participation in the IEEE EMC Society, ANSI Accredited Standard Committee C63 (EMC), and international EMC standardization committees. He has chaired or been a principal technical contributor to U.S. and international EMC standards organizations including ANSI ASC C63 and the International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC) International Special Committee on Radio Interference (CISPR). He presently chairs the IEC’s Advisory Committee on EMC (ACEC) and is a life member of the U.S. National Committee of the IEC’s Technical Management Committee. Heirman’s outstanding service to the IEEE, particularly to the IEEE EMC Society and to the IEEE Standards Association, includes serving on the IEEE Board of Directors, president of the IEEE EMC Society and IEEE Standards Association, multiple terms as vice president of the IEEE EMC Society, and as chair of multiple technical committees in the society. Heirman is also a voting member of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) Testing and Certification Committee and chairman of its Electromagnetic Interoperability Issues Working Group, which provides EMC recommendations for smart grid equipment and systems.

An IEEE Life Fellow and recipient of the 2008 IEC Lord Kelvin Award, Heirman is president of Don HEIRMAN Consultants, Lincroft, NJ, USA which he founded in 1997.

2017 - David A. Hodges

David A. Hodges

A dedicated IEEE volunteer leader, David A. Hodges has never shied away from making difficult proposals and decisions in trying to do what’s best for IEEE and its members. As chair of the IEEE Publication Services and Products Board’s (PSPB) Joint Products/Services Committee, Hodges was instrumental in changing the formula for distributing income among IEEE Societies to reflect the value of electronic access. With the launch of IEEE’s Electronic Library for disseminating publications, Hodges had the vision to realize that basing revenue of the number of times articles were accessed was a fairer method than using page counts of printed publications. He patiently guided the institutional changes needed to make the new formula a reality. Also while chair of the PSPB, Hodges led the creation of an open-access journal called IEEE Access. Launched in 2013, IEEE Access provides a venue for articles that may not fit the tightly focused scopes of other IEEE publications. Gaining support for the project proved difficult, based on concerns that its broad scope would cannibalize existing IEEE publications. Hodges addressed these concerns over many meetings to eventually convince the IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB) to approve the launch of the publication. As vice president of the PSPB, Hodges’ visionary leadership helped persuade the IEEE Board of Directors and TAB to adopt the PSPB’s interactive content project to make IEEE articles accessible on any mobile of desktop device. The 6-year, US$35-million effort is considered essential to IEEE’s competiveness in science and technology publishing. Hodges also helped streamline the IEEE Awards program as Chair of the IEEE Awards Board, retiring awards with few nominees and spurring the creation of new awards representing evolving disciplines.

An IEEE Life Fellow and recipient of the 1997 IEEE Education Medal (now the James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal), Hodges is the Daniel M. Tellep Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA.

2016 - Stephen Weinstein

Stephen Weinstein

Known for inspiring others to always give their best in each of their IEEE volunteer activities and to pursue increasing involvement, Stephen Weinstein’s contributions to IEEE have strengthened the Institute’s global reach, its publications, and its awards program. A communications engineer with over 45 years of experience, Weinstein served as president of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) in 1996-97, was a member of the IEEE Board of Directors in 2002-03, and was Vice Chair of the IEEE Awards Board in 2010-12. To encourage globalization of IEEE and extend the reach of ComSoc, while ComSoc president Weinstein initiated “sister society” agreements with the Korean Institute of Communications Society (KICS) and the Russian A.S. Popov Society and traveled to Vietnam and Germany to initiate sister society negotiations. He also was dedicated to developing numerous joint international technical initiatives and conference events. His efforts resulted in ComSoc becoming the first IEEE Society to have non-US membership exceed US members. Weinstein’s contributions to publications include cofounding IEEE Communications Magazine and the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. He also helped establish the Journal of Communications Networks as an English-language journal of the KICS technically cosponsored by ComSoc, served as its first editor-in-chief, and established a prestigious editorial board with global representation. His contributions as member and Vice Chair of the IEEE Awards Board included redefining corporate recognitions as major IEEE awards, which was critical to enhancing the importance of IEEE's awards to industry. As chair of the Awards Policies and Procedures Board, he significantly improved the clarity and value of the guidelines for finding and rewarding excellent award candidates.

An IEEE Life Fellow and recipient of the IEEE Communications Society Exemplary Global Service Award (2007), Weinstein is president of Communication Theory and Technology Consulting, New York, NY, USA.

2015 - Raymond S. Larsen

Raymond S. Larsen

A true advocate of using technology as an aid to improving the human condition, Raymond S. Larsen’s community service initiatives have impacted the lives of needy people in impoverished countries around the world. The founder and current co-chair of the IEEE Community Solutions Initiative, Mr. Larsen’s concept for bettering disadvantaged communities goes beyond just providing supplies or finances. His method involves assisting local communities both financially and technically in creating small business opportunities that have growth potential within the communities that need the help. The goal of his team’s program is to demonstrate sustainable development of solar electricity through seed pilot projects run by community entrepreneurs who franchise mobile community charging stations with home light and portable battery kits. Mr. Larsen secured funding from the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society. With co-chair Robin Podmore from the IEEE Power & Energy Society, he formed a team of volunteers and industry professionals and set up corporate partnerships to engineer, design, develop, and deliver six SunBlazer mobile generator stations to an in-country NGO partner who deployed them in six communities in earthquake-devastated Haiti in 2011. Each station uses solar cells to charge 80 or more portable battery kits to power lights for two rooms for 3–4 days, charge cell phones, and run small appliances at lower cost than kerosene lamps and candles. Since that initial deployment, nine additional stations have been delivered to Haiti. The next-generation SunBlazer II has been delivered to Cameroon. The program has also been implemented in four countries in Africa, and startups are planned for India, South America, and Asia. The program, now expanding to include a unique community-based education model and global classroom delivery system, was recently adopted by the IEEE Foundation as a Signature Project and rebranded IEEE Smart Village. Mr. Larsen’s dedication has been integral to the program’s success in creating models of collaboration that will impact more and more people in need, and he has gained worldwide recognition of what IEEE can achieve.

An IEEE Life Fellow, Mr. Larsen is currently special projects engineering manager at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University, Menlo Park, CA, USA.

2014 - Wanda K. Reder

Wanda K. Reder

An exemplary volunteer leader, Wanda K. Reder’s initiatives cultivated new membership, established a successful scholarship fund, and positioned IEEE as the source for expert smart grid information. The first woman to serve as president of the IEEE Power & Energy Society, Ms. Reder’s trendsetting programs instituted during her 2008-2009 tenure serve as models. When other Societies were losing members, she targeted marketing toward early-career engineers that jumped Society membership from 20,000 to 30,000+ in a few short years. Changing the Society’s name from the IEEE Power Engineering Society to the IEEE Power & Energy Society to better represent the field of interest and to attract a broader audience was pivotal to her campaign. Reder also launched “IEEE Smart Grid,” which carved a leadership position for IEEE as the definitive source for information on smart grid technology using social media and Web presence. It has set the example across IEEE for multidisciplinary technology collaboration and has enhanced IEEE’s brand. The program enjoys continued growth and global participation with 1.4 million portal page views, 21,800 LinkedIn members, and 7,500 Twitter followers.

Another flagship program that Ms. Reder instituted was the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative, aimed at attracting the best and brightest into the power industry. Since 2011, over $1.1 million has been distributed via 549 scholarships to 364 undergraduate engineers attending 137 US and Canadian universities. Since program inception, over 160 companies have hired a PES Scholar and there have been substantial increases in the enrollment of power engineering electives. To raise the funds, Ms. Reder created a partnership with the IEEE Foundation to launch IEEE’s its first capital campaign?which is now being emulated for other strategically aligned needs.

An IEEE Fellow, Ms. Reder is the Vice President of Power Systems Solutions at S&C Electric Company, Chicago, IL, USA.

2013 - Leah H. Jamieson

Leah Jamieson

A role model for women in engineering and promoter of engineering visibility, Leah H. Jamieson has provided key leadership and support of IEEE’s technical activities as author, editor, member, and chair of important IEEE boards, and as president of IEEE and the IEEE Foundation. With over 32 years of continuous volunteer service and her wide-ranging positions within IEEE, Dr. Jamieson developed comprehensive strategic planning efforts, increased public visibility of engineering and computing, and built structures to foster interdisciplinary collaborations across IEEE. Dr. Jamieson has used her visibility as dean of Purdue University’s College of Engineering to promote interest in the field among women. One of Dr. Jamieson’s major initiatives is the Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program, which she co-founded at Purdue University. EPICS pioneered the integration of engineering and community service to develop technology-based solutions for local community needs. EPICS programs have been created at 20 universities and 50 high schools in the United States. Through IEEE adoption, EPICS has been expanded to institutions in Africa and South America.

An IEEE Fellow and Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education, Dr. Jamieson is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Her many honors include the NAE Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education (2005). Dr. Jamieson is the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering and Ransburg Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA.

2012 - Bruce A. Eisenstein

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Bruce A. Eisenstein’s vision and tenacity as an IEEE volunteer leader has led to the adoption of policies that have made IEEE a stronger organization both financially and in the services offered to its members. Dr. Eisenstein has held practically every key position within the organization, including IEEE President. One of his most important contributions was his role as IEEE Treasurer in creating a new IEEE financial model. With a budget that was reliant on investment returns, IEEE faced a near crisis during the decline of the US stock market in 2001. Dr. Eisenstein provided a voice of reason amid divisiveness among membership regarding how to fix the old model and approve the 2002 budget. With his guidance, IEEE emerged from danger with minimal damage, a new budget, and a strong financial model for the future. Dr. Eisenstein’s leadership as Technical Activities Board Chair was important to gaining support for the IEEE Electronic Library (IEL). The IEL’s delivery platform (IEEE Xplore) was launched in May 2000 during his presidency. IEL has become the best collection of information in IEEE’s fields of interest, a valuable tool for members, and an important source of income for IEEE. Dr. Eisenstein introduced the idea for the IEEE Third Millennium Medal awards during his term as IEEE President-Elect in 1999. He streamlined IEEE bylaws, policies, and procedures. He significantly impacted how IEEE elects its leadership, resulting in a more democratic and open process. He was also instrumental in facilitating the merger of IEEE and the Eta Kappa Nu engineering honor society for students in 2009.

An IEEE Life Fellow, Dr. Eisenstein is currently the Vice Dean of Engineering and the Arthur J. Rowland Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA.

2011 - Donald Loughry

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Donald C. Loughry’s leadership and support of IEEE standards initiatives have provided the structure necessary for the successful growth of computer networking and wireless communications technology. Among his many contributions to standards development, Loughry was a key initiator of the IEEE’s 802 family of standards during the 1980s and 1990s, which has had important implications for local area networks (LANs) and wireless data transfer. The 802 group would become one of the most prolific sponsors of standards within IEEE with great economic and social impact. In 1980, Loughry helped form the IEEE 802 LAN standards committee, which had the task of reaching consensus on three to five LAN standards to facilitate development and implementation of the technology. Loughry served as the initial study group chairperson for work on Ethernet connection technology. He was a key contributor to the 802.3 working group, which defined a 10 megabit per second connection standard in 1985. By 1998, the 802.3 Ethernet standard was employed in over 100 million computer networks worldwide. During the 1990s, Loughry helped initiate the development of the 802.11 standards for wireless LANs, providing the structure for wireless data transfer to laptop computers, digital music players and other handheld devices throughout homes, businesses and at WiFi hotspots.  Loughry also worked hard to give IEEE the reputation of a worldwide standards organization, leading the evolution of the IEEE Standards Board into the IEEE Standards Association.

An IEEE Life Senior Member, Loughry worked for Hewlett-Packard Company, Palo Alto, Calif., for 42 years until his retirement in 1998 as standards manager.

2010 - James M. Tien

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Dr. Tien has left a lasting imprint on IEEE during his more than 25 years of volunteer service. He has been involved with over 60 committees and boards, especially the IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB), Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB) and Education Activities Board (EAB). He was instrumental in establishing important policies for IEEE journals and magazines. Serving IEEE’s PSPB as both chairman and vice president, Dr. Tien helped lead the migration of IEEE publications to an all-electronic-based subscription product called the IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL). He worked closely with IEEE marketing and sales staffs to initiate a pricing model based on usage for corporations subscribing to IEL, which became the IEEE Enterprise product. These important accomplishments not only made IEEE publications more accessible but provided new revenue sources. Dr. Tien led efforts to improve the quality and readability of IEEE’s flagship publication, IEEE Spectrum that resulted in readership beyond IEEE members. Dr. Tien was also instrumental in EAB efforts in the development of the Thomson-IEEE Expert Now online resource to provide convenient access to the best cutting-edge short courses from IEEE conferences. He also established the EAB Public Awareness Committee to promote understanding and awareness of how engineers play a vital role in the world economy and how their contributions enhance quality of life.

An IEEE Fellow and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, Dr. Tien is currently a Distinguished Professor at the University of Miami, Florida, and dean of its College of Engineering.

2009 - Harold L. Flescher

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As a volunteer serving IEEE for over 40 years, Harold L. Flescher has played a major role in proposing integral changes to benefit the IEEE and its Technical Activities Board (TAB). Mr. Flescher’s involvement with TAB finances gave him the experience and knowledge to play a major role in understanding the existing financial structure, identifying its flaws and developing a series of reorganizations that established a much more rational, transparent and sustainable system. In particular, he led the drive to implement a better budgeting process for TAB and IEEE. He created an allocation process that defines adequate fiscal resources for all of the entities of IEEE and for changing a volunteer committee to better oversee these expenditures. His vision and firm negotiating style helped in getting these changes approved by TAB and were instrumental in improving the financial health of IEEE’s technical activities.

An IEEE Fellow, he has been an active IEEE volunteer and he is currently an IEEE Director and Vice President of Technical Activities for IEEE, and he has been involved as a member of the TAB Finance Committee since 1992, serving as TAB treasurer twice during this period. His technical specialty is research, development and manufacturing of electronic systems hardened to the effects of space and nuclear weapons radiation. He worked for Raytheon Company from 1966 to 2001 and is currently a consultant in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, for companies with large, high-value, tightly scheduled projects involving complex engineering content. 

2008 - James T. (Tom) Cain

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James T (Tom) Cain has had an extraordinary impact on the quality of the practice of electrical and computer engineering through his contributions and leadership in engineering education. During his 41 years of service as a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh and as a volunteer, Dr. Cain has had a major role in creating accreditation programs to establish standards in the US and abroad. He led the effort to establish the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board (CSAB).  CSAB later merged with ABET and there are now more than 250 accredited programs in the computing sciences. He also has worked to expand accreditation internationally, establishing a series of accreditation workshops in South America, Central America and Europe and helping to form the Instituto de Calidad y Acreditacion de Careeras Profesionales de Ingenieria y Tecnologia (ICACIT), the Peruvian accreditation body for engineering and technology programs and the National Board of Accreditation in India.

Dr. Cain contributed to and provided leadership to the development of the first Model Curricula in Computer Science and Engineering in1977 and the revisions in 1984 and 1991. 

An IEEE Life Fellow, Dr. Cain was a leader in the first efforts to apply computerized technology to the manuscript production process and continued to push to move the IEEE ahead in the electronic delivery of technical materials. As IEEE President in 1995, he transitioned the in-house publication capability from CD-based systems to Internet-based systems, which led to the development of IEEE Xplore, one of the largest and most important technology databases in the world. 

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2006 - Donald Bolle

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Donald Bolle, Professor Emeritus at Lehigh University in Bethlehem Pennsylvania, has played a pivotal role in the growth of the IEEE as a major international professional organization. He was especially instrumental in encouraging and promoting IEEE volunteers and to effectively plan and execute IEEE goals and objectives worldwide.

As a member of the IEEE Transnational Committee and chairman of the Technical Activities Board Long Range Planning Committee, Dr. Bolle worked diligently to establish an international IEEE presence. He promoted the creation of the IEEE Brussels Technical Activities Board Office, which later became an IEEE Regional Office, as well as the IEEE Regional Office in Singapore. Continuing his transnational efforts, he helped bring volunteers from the IEEE Regions outside North America into the organization?s leadership.

Throughout his volunteerism, he managed a successful career as an educator and researcher in oceanic engineering, magnetics and microwave theory and techniques. He was dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at Lehigh University and provost at the Polytechnic University in New York.

An IEEE Life Fellow, Dr. Bolle is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Institution of Electrical Engineers in the U.K. He is the recipient of the IEEE Centennial Medal, the IEEE Millennium Medal and the IEEE Ocean Engineering Society Service Award. He also is the founding editor and former editor in chief of the IEEE Transactions on Ocean Engineering.

2005 - Lloyd A. (Pete) Morley

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Alabama, located in Tuscaloosa, Dr. Lloyd A.(Pete) Morley has played a dynamic role in the success of the IEEE, serving as the volunteer chairman of two key operations, the IEEE Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB) and the IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB).

He spearheaded the evolution of the IEEE Publications Activities Board into the broader IEEE PSPB and fostered improved cooperation between PSPB and TAB, including the IEEE TAB-PSPB Joint Committee on Electronic Products. Dr. Morley is responsible for restructuring the IEEE Book Broker Program, foresaw the need to modernize the IEEE definition of plagiarism, and led efforts to establish a finite definition and guidelines for adjudicating different levels of plagiarism misconduct, including multiple submissions and prior publications. Currently, he is leading the streamlining of IEEE's extensive documentation covering publication policies.

As chairman of TAB, Dr.Morley worked tirelessly to improve communications and cooperation between TAB and other IEEE operational boards. As a member of TAB, he was responsible for a number of milestones, including its reorganization and streamlining, its strategic plan for intellectual property, and the Board's first operations manual, as well as assisting with the development of processes to expedite the launch of several new periodicals.

An IEEE Fellow, Dr.Morley is the recipient of the IEEE Third Millennium Medal. He is author of numerous research publications and a textbook on mine power systems. Dr.Morley has served as president of the IEEE Industry Applications Society, and as chairman of several committees of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration.

2004 - Kenneth R. Laker
Dr. Kenneth R. Laker's enthusiasm and dedication have been the driving force behind the IEEE's Internet initiatives. He was an early motivator behind what became the IEEE website, the award winning IEEE Virtual Museum and IEEE Xplore, the online delivery system for IEEE publications. Equally active in pursuing IEEE's educational goals, Dr. Laker made key contributions to the Sloan Career Cornerstone Series, a multimedia career resource for university students. Originally developed in the mid 1990s, this resource is now entirely web-based as a result of his influence. As vice president of IEEE Educational Activities, Dr. Laker initiated the establishment of IEEE President's Scholarships, as well as spearheaded Industry 2000, the first IEEE global initiative to develop industry support for continued professional development.

Dr. Laker is the Alfred Fitler Moore Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he has taught since 1984 and served as department chair until 1993. He also is a co-founder of DFT Microsystems in Norristown, PA. He has held positions with the Air Force Cambridge Research Labs in Cambridge, Massachusetts and AT&T Bell Labs in Holmdel, New Jersey.

An IEEE Fellow and IEEE History Center Trustee, Dr. Laker's three decades of IEEE service include terms on the IEEE Board of Directors as President, Division I Director, as well as chair of the IEEE Philadelphia Section and president of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society
(CAS). His awards include the AT&T Clinton Davisson Award, the IEEE CAS Darlington Award and Golden Jubilee Medal. Dr. Laker has contributed to four textbooks on microelectronic circuits, published more than 100 articles and holds six patents.
2003 - W. Kenneth Dawson

W. Kenneth Dawson's dedication has greatly improved the interaction and effectiveness of the IEEE technical units. His IEEE leadership career began in 1987, when he served as president of the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS) and later as editor-in-chief of its transactions. Since 1994, he has been that Society's newsletter editor.

In the mid-1990s, Dr. Dawson helped lead the effort to rewrite and reorganize the IEEE bylaws, which realigned the Publications Activities Board's (PAB) organizational relationships with the Technical Activities Board. In 1995, as Information Systems Advisory Committee chair, he was instrumental to the building of IEEE's information technology system. He helped oversee the project and liaised with the Board of Directors.

As Division IV director from 1993-1994, Dr. Dawson led the approval of a director-elect position, a first in IEEE history. He spearheaded the creation of the young member-at-large position as vice president of PAB from 1995-1996. Dr. Dawson was a leading advocate on the IEEE Board of Directors for the 1999 revitalization of The Institute, the IEEE member newspaper. He served on The Institute Editorial Board and as PAB vice president, he actively promoted the relaunched publication.

At the University of Alberta, Canada, since 1959, Dr. Dawson cofounded the Nuclear Research Centre (now the Centre for Subatomic Research) and has been a professor of physics. He spent the last ten years of his university career in Vancouver at TRIUMF, Canada's national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics, where he served as division head. He is now Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta.

An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Dawson has received numerous honors, including the IEEE NPSS Richard F. Shea Distinguished Service Award and the IEEE Standards Board Medallion.

2002 - Robert W. Lucky

Dr. Robert Lucky is a renowned leader of the IEEE. An avid volunteer for over 25 years, he has served as IEEE executive vice president, IEEE Communications Society president, Publications Activities vice president and Proceedings of the IEEE editor. Members worldwide know him through his bimonthly IEEE Spectrum “Reflections” columns about the engineering profession, which have run since 1982, and his books Lucky Strikes…Again and Silicon Dreams.

A spokesman for technology and the profession, he has earned acclaim beyond the world of engineering. His technical accomplishments include the development of the adaptive equalizer, used today in all high-speed data transmission. His Principles of Data Communications textbook and many technical papers are highly cited references in the communications field.

Dr. Lucky joined AT&T Bell Labs in Holmdel, NJ, in 1961, rising to executive director of the Communications Sciences Research Division in 1982. In 1992, he became corporate vice president of Applied Research at Telcordia Technologies in Redbank, NJ. He served as chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the US Air Force from 1986-1989.

Dr. Lucky is a Fellow of the IEEE, chairman of the FCC Technical Advisory Board and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering. His many honors include the IEEE Edison Medal, the Marconi Prize, and the Exceptional Civilian Contributions Medal of the US Air Force rising to executive director of the Communications Sciences.

2001 - Charles J. Robinson

Dr. Charles J. Robinson has brought tremendous skill, dedication, and vision to biomedical engineering and rehabilitation science, and also to a tremendous amount of important work for the IEEE.

A fellow of the IEEE, Dr. Robinson has held dozens of Institute positions, including Director, Society President, Editor, organizer of major conferences, and Chair of the Membership Development Committee. His remarkable achievements include inspiring renewed interest in membership development, founding the journal IEEE Transactions on Rehabilitation Engineering, and organizing the groundbreaking 1994 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence.

Recognized internationally for his research and leadership efforts in biomedical engineering and rehabilitation science, Dr. Robinson has more than 50 full publications, 100 abstracts, and 60 invited lectures to his name. He has also edited nine books, proceedings, or special editions.

Charles J. Robinson was born in Wheeling, West Virginia, on 16 July 1947. He received a B.S. in Engineering Science from the Franciscan University of Steubenville in 1969, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Ohio State University in 1971, and a D.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Washington University in 1979. He was a Postdoctoral Associate in Anesthesiology at Yale University. Dr. Robinson was a Member of the Technical Staff of Bell Telephone Laboratories in Columbus, Ohio, from 1969 to 1974, and has been a registered Professional Engineer since 1974.

In 1992, after close to a decade at the US Department of Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research and Development Center, he became Director at the joint Rehabilitative Neuroscience labs of the University of Pittsburgh and the VA Pittsburgh Health Care System. He founded Pitt’s Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, and was its first Chair. In 1999, he earned the Watson Eminent Scholar Chair at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana, where he is also Director of the Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Science. The VA has also designated him the first Senior Rehabilitation Research Career Scientist.

Dr. Robinson is a Founding Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. The many honors he has received include the Czech Association of Medical Sciences’ Purkynje Medal, which is their highest medical scientific honor given a non-citizen.