Posted October 16th, 2011 by Engineering

Two U of T Engineers Elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering

Alumnus Dr. Prabha Kundur and Professor Jonathan Rose (ECE)

Alumnus Dr. Prabha Kundur and Professor Jonathan Rose (ECE)

Congratulations to alumnus Dr. Prabha Kundur (ElecE MASc 6T5, ElecE PhD 6T7) and ECE Professor Jonathan Rose (EngSci 8T0, ElecE MASc 8T2, ElecE PhD 8T6), who will be inducted as Foreign Associates of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE) on October 16.

Founded in 1964, the NAE provides engineering leadership in service to the United States and globally. Members and Foreign Associates of the NAE rank among the world’s most accomplished engineers. Professor Rose and Dr. Kundur are two of only four Canadians elected to the Academy this year.

A former Adjunct Professor in ECE, Prabha Kundur is the author of the widely respected textbook Power System Stability and Control.  He is internationally recognized for his expertise related to the development and application of technologies related to power system design and operation, and has served on a number of industry committees which produce the standards and operating guidelines used by utilities around the world. Dr. Kundur is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and has received honorary degrees from the University of Waterloo and the University Politechnia of Bucharest.

Jonathan Rose is a pioneer in the research and development of Field-programmable Gate Array (FPGA) architecture and the Computer-Aided Design (CAD) tools needed to use and explore FPGAs. He was among the first to develop new logic synthesis and placement and routing algorithms to deal with the special prefabricated nature of FPGAs, and played a crucial part in the architectural development of the two key commercial FPGAs on the market today. His group also produced a CAD tool called VPR, which enables the exploration of FPGA architecture and is widely used in academia and industry. Professor Rose is a Fellow of CAE, IEEE and the Association for Computing Machinery.

“We are delighted that Professor Rose and Dr. Kundur have been honoured by the NAE for their groundbreaking contributions to their respective fields,” said Cristina Amon, Dean, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. “The continuing recognition of our professors and alumni by this prestigious Academy demonstrates the outstanding global reputation our Faculty deservedly enjoys.”