ECE Awards Round Up: June 2019

 

Professor George Eleftheriades

Professor George Eleftheriades

Eleftheriades wins the 2019 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society’s Distinguished Achievement Award

Professor George Eleftheriades received the 2019 IEEE Antenna and Propagation Society’s (APS) Distinguished Achievement Award. The award was conferred to Professor Eleftheriades for his pioneering contributions to metamaterials and metasurfaces, and their applications to antennas and sub-diffraction imaging. The award will be presented during the IEEE Intl. Symposium on Antennas and Propagation in Atlanta GA, July 7-12.

Professor Eleftheriades is a recognized international authority and pioneer in the area of metamaterials and metasurfaces. These are man-made media which have electromagnetic properties not found in nature. In 2015 he received the John Kraus Antenna Award also from the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society. Eleftheriades served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation (AP). He also served as a member of the IEEE AP-Society Administrative Committee (AdCom) during 2007-2012 and was an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer from 2004-2009.

 

Professor Wei Yu

Professor Wei Yu

Yu wins 2019 IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award in Wireless Communications

A paper co-authored by Professor Wei Yu won the 2019 IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award in Wireless Communications from the IEEE Communications Society. The authors received the award at the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) in Shanghai, China, on May 23, 2019. Named after Guglielmo Marconi, who in 1901 demonstrated for the first time the feasibility of transatlantic wireless transmission from Cornwall, England to St. John’s, Newfoundland, the award is given to the best paper published in the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications in the past three years.

The winning paper, published in June 2016, is titled “Content-Centric Sparse Multicast Beamforming for Cache-Enabled Cloud RAN”, and is a collaboration between Professor Yu and Dr. Meixia Tao, Erkai Chen and Hao Zhou from the Shanghai Jiaotong University. The paper proposes a new way of leveraging caching at the network edge to enable cooperation among a cluster of base-stations to form a cloud radio-access network, in order to improve the performance of wireless cellular services.

 

Professor Wai Tung Ng

Professor Wai Tung Ng

Ng wins IEEE Canada M. B. Broughton Central Canada Award

Professor Wai Tung Ng won the IEEE Canada M. B. Broughton Central Canada Award at the IEEE Canada Awards Gala in Edmonton on May 6, 2019. Established 1991, the IEEE Canada M. B. Broughton Medal is presented to exceptional IEEE volunteers who are recognized for meritorious service in Central Canada at the local IEEE Section and Area levels.

Professor Ng is an associate editor for IEEE Electron Device Letters since 2009. He is also the chair for the Technical Committee in Power Devices and ICs for the IEEE Electron Devices Society (since 2018).

 

 

 

ECE PhD candidate Weijia Zhang

ECE PhD candidate Weijia Zhang

Zhang receives Charitat Award (Young Researcher Award)

ECE PhD candidate Weijia Zhang, supervised by Professor Wai Tung Ng, received the Charitat Award (Young Researcher Award) at the 31st IEEE International Symposium on Power Semiconductor Devices and ICs (ISPSD 2019) in Shanghai, May 19-23, 2019.

ISPSD is the premier conference in the field of power semiconductor devices and power ICs. This award is given to a young researcher, 30 years or younger at the time of the conference, who is both first author and presenter of a paper. Weijia’s winning paper was titled “An Integrated Gate Driver for E-Mode GaN HEMTs with Active Clamping for Reverse Conduction Detection”.

In the 31 years history of ISPSD, ECE’s Electronics Group has won the Charitat Young Researcher Award (formerly the Best Student Paper Award) four others times; Diana Gradinaru (ECE MASc 9T9) in 1999, Michael Sun (ECE MASc 0T2, PhD 0T6) in 2005, Professor Olivier Trescases in 2006 and Jingshu Yu (ECE MASc 1T4, PhD 1T7) in 2018. “Our students work very hard, so it’s great to see them being recognized,” says Ng. “They continue to build our reputation as a leading research group in the area of power semiconductor devices and smart power ICs.”

More information:
Jessica MacInnis
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The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
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