[The Institute – IEEE News Source] Awards Honor People Making a Difference in Engineering Education

Awards Honor People Making a Difference in Engineering Education

Recipients improved accreditation processes and developed innovative courses

 30 November 2017

Twelve IEEE members and one society were honored for improving engineering education by the IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) during a ceremony on 17 November in Phoenix. IEEE Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN), the organization’s honor society, also bestowed awards to three of its members.


Fellow Sarah Rajala and Life Senior Member Martin Reed each received the Meritorious Achievement Award in Accreditation Activities.

Rajala was recognized “for innovations in engineering education assessment and leadership in engineering accreditation at the institutional, national, and global levels.” She is the dean of the Iowa State University College of Engineering, in Ames. Rajala is also a Fellow of ABET, the accrediting body in the United States for academic programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. She has served on ABET’s Accreditation Council.

Reed was honored for “consistent leadership in the development, management, and evaluation of accreditation processes.” After retiring from IBM, he joined the faculty of Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C., where he teaches project and program management. He has held leadership roles on the IEEE committee on engineering technology accreditation activities, and he served on ABET’s Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission.

The Meritorious Achievement Award in Continuing Education went to Member Cristina Olaverri Monreal “for designing and implementing innovative courses and programs in the field of intelligent transportation systems.” She heads the competence team for intelligent technologies in smart cites at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien, in Vienna. She is vice president for educational activities at the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society.

Senior Member Gil Sik Lee received the Meritorious Achievement Award in Informal Education “for significant contributions to preparing underserved students to succeed in college education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.” He is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Texas, Dallas. He founded the nonprofit IntelliChoice in 2014 to tutor Texas and Arizona students in math. Last year the organization’s 200 volunteers worked with more than 700 students.

The Pre-University Educator Award was given to Member Ezaldeen Jamil Najjar. The educational activities officer for the IEEE Jordan Section was recognized “for leadership in the promotion and understanding of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education in Jordan.” Najjar is an electrical design engineer for the department of electrical engineering of the Consolidated Consultant Group, also in Jordan. He attended an IEEE Teacher In-Service Program training workshop in 2014 and is now certified to run the workshops. The TISP teaches IEEE volunteers to help preuniversity educators apply engineering, science, and math concepts in their classrooms. Najjar has reached more than 700 students and 200 teachers through the educational programs he has conducted on behalf of the section.

Fellow John Orr received the Meritorious Service Citation “in recognition of sustained contributions and leadership in IEEE-HKN and engineering accreditation.” Orr is professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in Massachusetts. He is past president of IEEE-HKN and former chair of the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission.

Fellow Hemchandra M. Shertukde received the Standards Education Award. He was honored “for effectively integrating power systems and transformer standards into academic and professional development programs, and for his active encouragement of IEEE student membership.” Shertukde is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Hartford, in West Hartford, Conn., where he teaches power system analysis, transformer theory and design, and control systems. He is a member of IEEE-HKN.

The EAB’s Vice President’s Recognition Award went to Life Fellow Sanjit K. Mitra “for outstanding contributions in analog and digital signal processing and image processing, and authoring pioneering textbooks that inspire and educate students worldwide.” Mitra is a research professor in the electrical and computer engineering department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and professor emeritus at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles. He was the 1986 president of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society. He has published more than 700 papers on analog and digital signal processing and image and video processing, and he has authored or coauthored 13 books. He holds six patents.

The Society/Council Professional Development Award went to the IEEE Communications Society “for pioneering education and advancement opportunities for practitioners in the field of communications, engineering, and technology.”


Graduate Student Member Shi Bu and Member Ryan Fraser each received a Life Members Graduate Study Fellowship in Electrical Engineering.

Bu is working on his Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the University of California, Los Angles, which the fellowship will help fund. He is studying system-level circuit design.

Fraser is pursuing a doctorate in electrical engineering at the University of Tennessee, in Knoxville, where he is a graduate research assistant.

The Charles LeGeyt Fortescue Scholarship went to Member Adam Foster Moreau, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering at Colorado State University, in Fort Collins. Moreau is a graduate research assistant at the Center for Extreme Ultraviolet Science and Technology. Moreau’s research focuses on the irradiation of novel nanowire structures with high-contrast femtosecond laser pulses to generate large X-ray fluxes with high-conversion efficiencies.


Life Fellow Asad M. Madni is the recipient of the honor society’s Vladimir Karapetoff Outstanding Technical Achievement Award “for seminal contributions to the development and commercialization of intelligent microsensors for aerospace, commercial aviation, and automotive safety.” Until Madni retired in 2006, he was president, chief operating officer, and chief technology officer of BEI Technologies, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. There he led the development and commercialization of intelligent sensors and systems for the aerospace and transportation industries. Today he is a consultant and an adjunct professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, as well as executive managing director and CTO at Crocker Capital, in San Francisco.

The C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Teaching Award was given to Senior Member Siddharth Suryanarayanan “for leadership and excellence in curriculum design, course delivery, and the education and mentorship of electric power engineers.” Suryanarayanan is an associate professor in the electrical and computer engineering department at Colorado State University. He has designed, developed, and taught four graduate-level courses in electric power systems engineering and has created an online graduate certificate program for the university. In recognition of his contributions, the university awarded him the Lisa and Desi Rhoden Endowed Chair, the first endowed professorship in the department’s history. Suryanarayanan is vice president of the IEEE Power & Energy’s education committee.

IEEE-HKN member Jamal Madni was named the society’s Outstanding Young Professional “for contributions in software engineering and technology advocacy.” Madni is a program manager and chief architect of special projects within Boeing Satellite Systems, headquartered in El Segundo, Calif. He leads the execution of the integrated electronics suite in collaboration with NASA and the Indian Space Research Organization. He also serves as chief architect of a Bayesian belief network–based spacecraft diagnosis system, a software intelligence package designed to emulate biomedical applications. For his efforts, he received the 2017 Boeing World-Class Engineering Award in Growth as well as the company’s employee engagement association project for this year.



The recipients of the 2017 IEEE Educational Activities Board awards gather at the presentation ceremony held on 17 November in Phoenix.

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