Institute of Electrical
and Electronics Engineers
John Proakis is a prolific writer of textbooks about
electrical and computer engineering, and in November, he received the
McGraw-Hill/Jacobs Millman Award from the IEEE Education Society. Proakis
is an ECE adjunct professor and is affiliated with the Center for Wireless
Communications (CWC). The award is given each year to the author of an
outstanding textbook in the electrical and computer engineering fields.
Two ECE professors were among 260 new Fellows elected to the IEEE. Rene
Cruz, who is also affiliated with CWC, was cited “for the
development of a network calculus for characterization on traffic of packet
networks”. His new methodology can predict the “burstiness”
of the flow of data through packet-switching networks such as the Internet.
Shaya Fainman was elected “for contributions to
the use of optical nonlinearities for signal processing.” Fainman
heads UCSD's Ultrafast and Nano-scale Optics Group. The addition of Cruz
and Fainman bring to 19 the total number of IEEE Fellows on the Jacobs
American Society of Mechanical
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Professor Frank Talke
has received ASME’s First Annual Seagate Information Technology
Award for his “substantial life-long contributions to the advancement
of tribology of magnetic storage devices.” Talke is an endowed professor
with UCSD’s Center for Magnetic Recording Research where he works
on micro-mechanical design techniques for ultra high-density disk drives.
MAE professor Xanthippi Markenscoff has been named a
fellow of the Society of Engineering Sciences. Also a fellow of ASME,
her research focuses on solid mechanics and materials science, elasticity,
and fracture dynamics.
Association of Computing Machinery
In mid-December, the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) announced
that two CSE professors were named ACM Fellows. Sid Karin
was recognized for his national leadership in integrating the academic
computer science and computational science communities as founding director
of the San Diego Supercomputer Center and the National Partnership for
Advanced Computational Infrastructure (NPACI). Separately, George
Varghese was recognized for the design of efficient algorithms
that have helped scale Internet implementations to gigabit speeds. They
join three other CSE faculty as ACM Fellows: Ron Graham,
Jeanne Ferrante and Fran Berman.
Best Teacher Awards
Professor Chia-Ming Uang received the 2002 Teacher of
the Year award from the School’s Structural Engineering seniors
for the fifth time in nine years. “I am especially honored to receive
this award because it comes from the students. I think they appreciate
my style of teaching because I always link the theoretical material to
real-world applications and events, and they know that my door is open
to them,” said Uang, who also received Tau Beta Pi’s 2002
Outstanding Engineering Professor award.
Other Teacher of the Year recipients include: Mike Bailey
(Computer Science & Engineering), Andrew McCulloch
(Bioengineering), Laurence Milstein (Electrical &
Computer Engineering), and Keiko Nomura (Mechanical &
Bioengineering Professor Shankar Subramaniam was recently
honored as “High Performance Computing's Highest Guru” by
Genome Technology Magazine. Subramaniam directs the Biology Workbench
hosted by the San Diego Supercomputer Center and leads the Digitally Enabled
Genomic Medicine effort for Cal-(IT)².