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Professors Deepa Kundur, Baochun Li (both ECE) and Yu Sun (MIE) joined an impressive roster of internationally renowned scientists this month when they were officially named Fellows of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

The three professors join 25 faculty members who currently hold the grade of IEEE Fellow.

The grade of Fellow is conferred to those members “whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interests are deemed fitting of the prestigious grade elevation,” according to IEEE’s website.

Professor Deepa Kundur (ECE)

KundurThumbProfessor Kundur was elevated with the citation “for contributions to signal processing techniques for multimedia and cyber security.”

Professor Kundur’s research focuses on identifying potential weaknesses in cyber-enabled systems, such as smart energy meters.

“My research career has been multidisciplinary,” said Professor Kundur. “It was rewarding to have a citation that reflects that breadth.”

She said that achieving the rank of IEEE Fellow is a meaningful moment in her career, because it provides an judged by peers, as well as future research directions.

Professor Baochun Li (ECE)

LiThumbProfessor Li was elevated with the citation “for contributions to application-layer network protocols and network coding.”

In 2007, Li proposed a protocol for using network coding to help improve performance, stability and latency of live peer-to-peer streaming—an alternative to the more traditional server-streaming model. When Li made his proposal, network coding was a relatively new technology with roots in information theory, and it hadn’t been directly employed with applications before.

Professor Li’s papers have been cited more than 13,000 times according to Google Scholar.

Professor Yu Sun (MIE, IBBME)

YuSunThumbProfessor Yu Sun was elevated with the citation “for contributions to micro-nano robotics and device technologies for biomedical, clinical, and precision instrumentation disciplines” through the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS).

Professor Sun’s Advanced Micro and NanoSystems Lab designs and constructs devices and robotic systems for operation at micrometer and nanometer scales. They use these innovative tools to manipulate and characterize cells, molecules, and nanomaterials. They have translated some of their devices and systems to biology labs, hospitals and precision instrumentation industry.

IEEE is the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology and humanity. Its Board of Directors selects fewer than one-tenth of one per cent of its total voting members as Fellows each year, the highest grade of membership available.


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