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Three from ECpE named IEEE Fellows

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Degang Chen
Degang Chen

Election of Chen, Rover, and Wang gives the ECpE Department 18 IEEE Fellows

Three faculty members from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University were elected fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for 2016. Degang Chen, Jerry R. Junkins Chair; Diane Rover, University Professor; and Zhengdao Wang, professor, were honored.

“It is an honor to be elected an IEEE Fellow and an important milestone in my professional career,” Wang said. It is both a recognition of my past work and an encouragement for making future contributions to the professional societies.”

Chen was elected for contributions to high speed VLSI testing. His testing methods are now standard at Texas Instruments. Rover was elected for her contributions to active learning methods in engineering education. Much of her work helps advance teaching practices and expand the reach of STEM education. Wang was elected for his contributions to the field of wireless communication. His work centers on wireless security, communication and networking for the Internet of Things (IoT), and big data signal processing.

Diane Rover

The election of Chen, Rover, and Wang gives the ECpE department 18 IEEE fellows out of 60 total faculty.

“It’s a personally and professionally fulfilling moment when you receive the news,” Rover said. “Iowa State has provided an environment and opportunities for me to be successful in my career.”

“Iowa State is where I got my first real job,” Wang said. “It continues to provide a great working environment for me to build my career.”

“Iowa State has given me the opportunity to advance my research,” Chen said. “It is a wonderful place to work, teach, and learn.”

Zhengdao Wang
Zhengdao Wang

The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one- percent of the total voting membership. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.

The IEEE is the world’s leading professional association for advancing technology for humanity. Through its 400,000 members in 160 countries, the IEEE is a leading authority on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics.