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Optical Society of America Honorary Member
Stephen Harris, the Kenneth and Barbara Oshman Professor in the School of Engineering and Professor of Applied Physics, Emeritus, was recently elected as an Honorary Member of the Optical Society of America (OSA). According to the OSA, Harris was selected for his "pioneering and profoundly influential contributions to the science of light, including optical parametric emission, lasing without inversion, electromagnetically induced transparency, and single cycle optical pulse generation."
Honorary Membership is OSA’s most distinguished membership status. Harris joins a group of only 45 OSA Honorary Members elected since the Society was founded in 1916.
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Hans Fischer Senior Fellowship
Electrical Engineering Professor Jelena Vuckovic has been awarded a Hans Fischer Senior Fellowship from the Institute for Advanced Study at the Technical University in Munich, Germany.
Up to four fellows (from any science/engineering field) are named per year, and they are given freedom and funding to pursue research activities in collaboration with TUM on high risk/high reward projects, without burden of writing proposals. The fellowship is named after Hans Fischer, a TUM faculty who was awarded a Nobel Prize in chemistry for his work on hemoglobin.
2013 Okawa Foundation Research Grant
Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Statistics Andrea Montanari and Associate Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Philip Levis have each won the 2013 Okawa Foundation Research Grant.
The Okawa Foundation's mission is to promote the field of ICT and seek its development through such means as awards and research grants, and to further international and cultural exchanges in this area.
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2013 SIGCOMM Rising Star Award
Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Sachin Katti recently won the 2013 SIGCOMM Rising Star Award.
This award recognizes a young researcher, an individual no older than 35, who has made outstanding research contributions to the field of communication networks during this early part of his or her career.
According to SIGCOMM, "The award is in recognition of outstanding research contributions, early in his career, in wireless communications and networking. His approach to cross-layer wireless design brings together computer networking, signal processing and information theory to solve long-standing problems in wireless networks. Highlights of his research contributions include a practical approach to achieve full-duplex radios (Mobicom'10, MOBICOM'11, SIGCOMM'13) and rateless network design for practical adapation of sender transmission rate (SIGCOMM'11, MOBICOM'12). To quote from his nomination 'Sachin Katti’s research has transformed the way we think about wireless communications.'"
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