2018 - Mark S. Lundstrom
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2017 - C.-C. Jay Kuo

C.-C. Jay Kuo

Ask students and colleagues to describe C.-C. Jay Kuo and you will hear words such as “passionate teacher,” “outstanding scholar,” “great professional leader,” and “unparalleled innovator.” Since 1989 at the University of Southern California, Kuo has taught over 3,000 students, guided over 130 students to Ph.D. degrees, and supervised 25 postdoctoral research fellows. His Introduction to Digital Image Processing is one of the most popular courses among electrical engineering graduate students, and he continually revises the curriculum to address current trends. His Multimedia Data Compression graduate course is based on his own lecture notes. Key to Kuo’s popularity in the classroom are his enthusiastic teaching style and his broad and deep knowledge of the technology and product trends of the multimedia industry.

An IEEE Fellow, Kuo is a Dean’s Professor in Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

2016 - K.J. Ray Liu

K.J. Ray Liu

K.J. Ray Liu’s students aren’t just individuals pursuing graduate degrees in signal processing—they become his “extended family.” They can attest to how Liu’s passion for teaching and mentoring for their professional development goes beyond the classroom, beyond graduation. He is always there for them. Many have gone on to become leaders in academia and industry. Both a world-class researcher and excellent educator who pioneered and cross-pollinated various fields, Liu built the University of Maryland’s signal processing program practically from scratch beginning in 1990 and has shaped it into one of the most well-respected graduate programs in the world. He also revamped the university’s master’s program in telecommunications, creating a unique identity resulting in a scholarly and financially successful program.

An IEEE Fellow, Liu is the Christine Kim Eminent Professor of Information Technology at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA.

2015 - Daniel J. Costello, Jr.

Daniel J. Costello Jr.

A role model of what a graduate educator and advisor should be, for over 40 years Daniel J. Costello, Jr. has prepared graduate students in the fundamentals and practice of reliable communications. His efforts helped transform the University of Notre Dame’s Electrical Engineering Department into one of the largest doctorate-producing departments on campus. With courses that have incorporated the latest advances in code design and digital transmission that drive the communications field, Dr. Costello’s students also appreciate the detailed attention to their research and the career guidance he is always willing to provide. His classic textbook on error control coding (coauthored with Shu Lin) helped educate the designers of satellite, cellular, and WiFi systems and is still an indispensable resource today.

An IEEE Life Fellow, Dr. Costello is an Emeritus Professor of electrical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, IN, USA.

2014 - John M. Cioffi

John M. Cioffi

Known as the father of digital subscriber line technology, John M. Cioffi also applied his expertise in the classroom at Stanford University. He created some of the most popular yet most demanding electrical engineering graduate courses at Stanford. He was one of the first to present topics such as multicarrier communications, which today is the most widely used transmission technique. Being accepted to Dr. Cioffi’s research group was considered by many of his students to be an accomplishment on par with being accepted to graduate school. He taught his students to believe in themselves and to strive for their goals with determination and perseverance. His guidance created a close-knit community of digital communications experts now representing many facets of industry and academia.

An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Cioffi is the Hitachi America Professor of Engineering (Emeritus) at Stanford University, CA, USA.

2013 - Hidenori Akiyama

Hidenori Akiyama

An internationally known expert in pulsed power research, Hidenori Akiyama has demonstrated excellence in teaching graduate students by developing innovative graduate research programs, unique curricula, and web-based graduate courses at Kumamoto University, Japan. Dr. Akiyama has supervised over 200 master’s and 35 doctoral students in areas focusing on pulsed power and related fields. His dedication to his students, which continues beyond graduation, has produced leaders who have made major impact in the field. Dr. Akiyama’s textbooks serve as important tools in Japan’s pulsed power graduate programs, and his “eBook” on pulsed power and its applications, which has been translated into English, brings his knowledge to students outside his research labs. Dr. Akiyama also founded and has directed the programs on pulsed power science and engineering for the Japanese government’s 21st Century Center of Excellence education initiative.

An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Akiyama is a professor with Kumamoto University, Japan.

2012 - Anthony George Constantinides

Photo of 2012 IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award recipient, Anthony George Constantinides

Anthony George Constantinides pioneered the teaching of digital signal processing in the United Kingdom and established programs at other universities around the world. In 1970 he established the Signal Processing and Communications Research Group at Imperial College, London, UK. The group soon became a major center of research and attracted a large number of international researchers. Hundreds of master’s students and over 130 doctoral students were directly supervised by Dr. Constantinides until his retirement in 2008; many went on to become leaders in industry and academia. He helped establish the Athens Institute of Technology and the Technical University of Cyprus, and he developed new courses and lecture notes for use by universities worldwide. Dr. Constantinides was instrumental in establishing the European Association for Signal Processing and was elected as its first president. In this capacity he helped establish a new journal and conference series in Europe focusing on the field.

An IEEE Life Fellow and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK), Dr. Constantinides is an Emeritus Professor with Imperial College, London, UK.

2011 - John D. Cressler

Photo of 2011 Leon K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award recipient Cressler

John D.  Cressler believes that today’s engineering students require more than just a strong technical background in the traditional core courses, so he includes unique design experiences within his courses so that students gain exposure to real-world challenges. As a result, his graduate students enter the professional world both technically strong and, importantly, aware of the social implications of the technology they develop. Considered a leading expert in silicon-germanium heterojunction bipolar transistor technology, Dr. Cressler instills his passion for social awareness within his students, examining both the positive and negative aspects of the micro- and nanoelectronics revolution, and he inspires them to use technology to help build a better world. He also serves as faculty mentor for Georgia Institute of Technology’s SURE program, which incorporates top-notch minority undergraduates into research teams for an early taste of what graduate school is really like.

An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Cressler is currently the Ken Byers Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA.

2010 - Alan N. Willson, Jr.

Alan N. Willson, Jr.

With a teaching style that inspires and excites, Alan N. Willson, Jr. has guided many students on career paths that have impacted both academia and industry. An influential professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for the past 37 years, Dr. Willson is known for his graduate course on nonlinear circuit theory based on his book Nonlinear Networks: Theory and Analysis. Dr. Willson creates excitement by supplementing fundamental material with topics from his own current research. Several students have won awards and prizes for their research in this field and in Signal Processing, in collaboration with Professor Willson. He also created and taught UCLA’s first graduate courses on digital signal processing and has been responsible for graduate student recruitment, teaching assistant training and the establishment of a graduate student orientation program at UCLA.

An IEEE Life Fellow, Dr. Willson is currently the Charles P. Reames Professor of Electrical Engineering at UCLA.

2009 - Roger W. Brockett

2009 - Roger W. Brockett

Roger W. Brockett’s effectiveness over the last 45 years in preparing his students for engineering careers can be seen in the records of the approximately 60 doctoral students, and more than a dozen postdoctoral fellows he has guided, most of whom have become researchers, deans and professors at major institutions, and have achieved their own distinctions in control engineering.

Dr. Brockett’s advising style is committed to the depth and quality of the research, critical thinking and originality. Dr. Brockett has been influential in defining many of the principal research areas in control engineering. His ability to bring together seemingly diverse areas and applications towards a systematic effort to understand engineering from fundamentals has transformed the field of systems and control engineering.

A Life Fellow of the IEEE, Dr. Brockett has published books and papers considered core instructional materials for control engineering curricula worldwide. Dr. Brockett is currently the An Wang Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. 

2008 - Supriyo Datta

2008 - Supriyo Datta

Supriyo Datta, the Thomas Duncan Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University, Indiana, has inspired and educated hundreds of graduate students through his unique approach to the complex concepts of nanoelectronics. Dr. Datta, a leading figure in the modeling and understanding of nanoscale electronic conduction, laid the foundation for quantum-transport simulation tools based on the non-equilibrium Greens function formalism, and made pioneering contributions to the emerging fields of spintronics and molecular electronics. A distinctive aspect of his style that contributes to his effectiveness in teaching is his emphasis on critical thinking, in addition to technical problem-solving skills. Datta's classroom lectures have been videotaped and made available to students around the world by the National Science Foundation-funded Network for Computational Nanotechnology through the nanoHUB, a website serving nearly 10,000 users per year. An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Datta has received numerous awards and has authored several books.


2007 - Michael Shur

2007 - Michael Shur

Michael S. Shur has been the Patricia W. and C. Sheldon Roberts Professor of Solid State Electronics in the Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering (ECSE) Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY for the past 10 years.

He has served as distinguished lecturer for the IEEE Electron and the IEEE Microwave Theory and Technique Societies, given tutorials at conferences worldwide, taught courses for practicing engineers and given IEEE-sponsored lectures for academic researchers worldwide. He has taught at the University of Virginia, University of Minnesota, Oakland University, Cornell University, and Wayne State University and conducted research at the A.F. Ioffe Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia and at IBM in Yorktown Heights, NY. He has published and edited many key graduate texts in solid state electronics that have been translated into many languages.

Dr. Shur has developed new courses on advanced semiconductor devices and novel teaching techniques among them, the development of a WEB Remote Laboratory for giving students hands-on experience and allows professors from many countries to exchange course materials.

2006 - Toby Berger

2006 - Toby Berger

A professor in the Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Dr. Toby Berger is noted for his acute foresight in identifying important research directions and topics for his students that give them a head start in their careers.

During a 37-year career in the electrical and computer engineering department at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Dr. Berger introduced and taught graduate courses on information theory and communications networks. His course on biological information theory, which bridged classic information theory with the brain’s cognitive elements, was the first ever offered at a university for regular credit. The course was the centerpiece of his efforts to launch the interdisciplinary merger of information theory and biology.

He has a reputation as an excellent supervisor noted for guiding and training graduate engineering students. Besides being the primary advisor for more than 152 graduate masters and doctoral level students, he has served as a special committee member for nearly 100 other graduate students in electrical and computer engineering, applied mathematics, statistics, operations research, computer science and geology.

He was one of the first Western science educators to receive a fellowship from China’s Ministry of Education to give lectures on information theory in China.  These lectures ultimately drew top Chinese students to the West for further study.  

Dr. Berger has authored several books, including “Rate Distortion Theory: A Mathematical Basis for Data Compression,” the seminal text on rate distortion theory that has helped shaped the direction of that branch of information theory research for more than 30 years. Known for emphasizing good writing skills, he has coauthored more than 60 journal articles and 250 conference papers with students, enhancing their research and writing abilities in the process. 

An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Berger is a past president of the IEEE Information Theory Society (ITS) and served as editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. He has received the ITS Claude E. Shannon Award and also the Frederick E. Terman Award of the American Society of Engineering Education.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and master’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, both in applied mathematics.

2005 - Jagdishkumar Aggarwal

Dr. Jagdishkumar Aggarwal, Cullen Professor and director of the Computer and Vision Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin, excels as both researcher and educator. Known for his seminal and ongoing contributions in digital signal processing and computer vision, he also is one of the world's premier graduate professors. He has pioneered pattern recognition and computer vision, with applications in recognition and tracking of moving objects, and more recently in recognizing peoples' activities and interactions in video sequences. He has made seminal contributions in three-dimensional analysis using range images, structure from motion, and multi-sensor fusion for object recognition. Dr. Aggarwal has steered his many graduate students toward building successful careers in the computer vision field and establishing strong educational programs at their own institutions.

An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Aggarwal has received the IEEE Computer Society's Golden Core Recognition and Technical Achievement Award.

2004 - Simon Haykin
A professor of electrical and computer engineering at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada for nearly 40 years, Dr. Simon Haykin is a noted authority on adaptive and learning systems. He has pioneered signal-processing techniques and systems for radar and communication applications, and authored several fundamental textbooks in those fields. From 1972 to 1993, he served as founding director of McMaster's Communications Research Laboratory. Continually developing new curricula, Dr. Haykin has created innovative courses in emerging fields: neural networks, Bayesian sequential state estimation and space-time communication theory. He has often ceded lead authorship to his students and has fostered their career development through industrial collaboration. An IEEE Life Fellow and a Fellow of The Royal Society of Canada, Dr. Haykin has received the IEEE Signal Processing Society Education Award, the IEEE Education Society McGraw-Hill/Jacob Millman Award, the IEEE Region 7 McNaughton Gold Medal and the International Union of Radio Science's Booker Gold Medal.
2003 - Robert G. Meyer

For more than 30 years, Robert G. Meyer has made the complicated aspects of electrical engineering interesting to students. Colleagues have referred to his lectures as “polished gems,” and he has supervised more than 20 doctoral students and more than 60 masters students that form a notable group of today’s leading radio frequency integrated circuit designers. Many of the top analog bipolar IC designers have also studied with Professor Meyer.

A member of the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley’s department of electrical engineering and computer sciences since 1968, Professor Meyer is known worldwide for the distinction of his graduate students and for his text co-written with Paul R. Gray, Analysis and Design of Analog Integrated Circuits, in its fourth edition. Today, he is the UC Berkeley’s National Semiconductor Distinguished Professor.

Professor Meyer’s classes are in high demand; Advanced Integrated Circuits for Communications, a graduate class that he developed, regularly attracts about twice the average enrollment for advanced graduate classes. He created an original reader for the class, which includes topics like cross-modulation and intermodulation in high frequency integrated circuits.

Robert G. Meyer was born on July 21, 1942, in Melbourne, Australia. He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with first class honors in 1963, his master’s degree in engineering science with honors in 1965, and his doctoral degree in 1968, all from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

A Fellow of the IEEE, Professor Meyer has served the Institute in a number of ways, including as president of the Solid-State Circuits Council of the IEEE and a member of the Editorial Board of the IEEE Press. He has earned many awards and honors, including the J.J. Thomson Premium from the Institution of Electrical Engineers for research on noise in transistor mixers. In 1975, he was a visiting professor in the electrical engineering department of the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, and in 1996, he was a visiting professor in the electrical engineering department of Columbia University, NY. 

2002 - Vijay Bhargava

An inspirational teacher and mentor, Dr. Bhargava has offered guidance, advice, and friendship to numerous graduate students who have gone on to become leaders in industry, academia, and government agencies. Several of them have received national and international awards for their theses, some of which have been published in IEEE journals.

Dr. Bhargava joined the University of Victoria in 1984, and helped develop and nurture the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering's graduate program, including regulations and curricula. Dr. Bhargava also crafted numerous courses that blend fundamentals with state of the art material. Students credit him with having a gift for making abstract concepts like error correcting codes clear and understandable, even to students who may not be mathematically inclined.

Vijay Bhargava was born on 22 September 1948, in Beawar, India. He earned B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees at Queen's University, Canada. He has held visiting appointments at the Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal, NTT Wireless Research Laboratories, the Tokyo Institute of Technology, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the University of Indonesia.

His research includes work in error-correcting codes, spread-spectrum communications, and multi-media wireless communications. Together with Steve Wicker, he co-edited the book Reed-Solomon Codes and Their Applications, and he co-authored Digital Communications by Satellite, along with David Haccoun, Robert Matyas, and Peter Nuspl,which has been translated into Chinese and Japanese. He has also authored or co-authored 13 book chapters, 140 refereed journal publications, 156 conference papers, and 15 technical reports.

A Fellow of the IEEE, the Royal Society of Canada, and the Engineering Institute of Canada, Dr. Bhargava has received numerous awards, including the IEEE’s Haradan Pratt Award, RAB Larry K. Wilson Transnational Award, and Canada McNaughton Gold Medal, as well as the Science Council of BC Gold Medal and the EIC John B. Sterling Medal. A Fellow of the British Columbia Advanced System Institute, he is also a Distinguished Speaker for the IEEE Communication Society and the IEEE Information Theory Society. He has served the IEEE in a number of roles, and this year, he is a board-nominated candidate for the Office of IEEE President-Elect.