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Three ECE faculty named IEEE Fellows

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By Megan Kelly, Coordinated Science Lab
January 13, 2010

  • Jennifer Bernhard was recognized for work on multifunctional, reconfigurable, and integrated antennas.
  • Andrew Singer was recognized for contributions to signal processing techniques for digital communication.
  • Nitin Vaidya was recognized for work in wireless networking protocols and mobile communications.

ECE Professors Jennifer Bernhard, Andrew Singer, and Nitin H. Vaidya were named IEEE Fellows for the class of 2010. These faculty members are also researchers in the Coordinated Science Lab.

This honor, the highest in the IEEE, is given to IEEE Senior Members with “an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest,” according to IEEE’s Web site. This year, 309 IEEE Senior Members worldwide received this title.

Jennifer Bernhard
Jennifer Bernhard

The IEEE Board of Directors named Bernhard an IEEE Fellow for her development of multifunctional, reconfigurable, and integrated antennas. Bernhard received her PhD in electrical engineering from Duke University.

Her research interests include reconfigurable active and passive antennas, electromagnetics and antennas for wireless communication, wireless sensor systems, multifunction antennas and antenna systems.

Bernhard also was a U.S. Defense Science Study group member, sponsored by DARPA, from 2008 to 2009. In addition, she served as president of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society in 2008, won the Xerox Award for Faculty Research in 2006, and was a Willett Faculty Scholar from 2005 to 2009, among other honors.

Andrew Singer
Andrew Singer

Singer was named an IEEE Fellow for his contributions to signal processing techniques for digital communication. He serves as the director of the Technology Entrepreneur Center for the College of Engineering. He received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Singer’s research interests include signal processing; wired, wireless and optical communications; and financial modeling.

He has received many honors for research, including best paper awards from the IEEE and the Xerox Award for Faculty Research. He was also named a Willett Faculty Scholar. For his work in the Technology Entrepreneur Center, he has received the Pride of CASE V Gold Award for Best Student Alumni Programming from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District V for TEC’s Silicon Valley Alumni Workshop.

Nitin H. Vaidya
Nitin H. Vaidya

Vaidya was named an IEEE Fellow for contributions to wireless networking protocols and mobile communications. Vaidya previously served as the director of the Illinois Center for Wireless Systems. He received his PhD from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

His research interests include wireless networking, mobile computing and distributed algorithms. Among his achievements, he was named a Distinguished Lecturer by the IEEE Communications Society in 2006-07 and was recipient of best paper awards from several conferences. He has also served as Editor in Chief of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing and ACM Mobile Computing & Communications Review.

To be considered for IEEE Fellow, the nominee must have contributed significantly to the advancement or application of engineering, science, and technology; hold IEEE Senior Member or IEEE Life Senior Member grade at the time of the nomination; and have been a good standing member for at least 5 years, according to the IEEE Web site. In addition, the total number of fellows selected cannot exceed one-tenth of one percent of the total voting institute membership.

Editor's note: media inquiries should be directed to Brad Petersen, Director of Communications, at bradp@illinois.edu or (217) 244-6376.

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