Professors Pierre Berini, Ivan Stojmenovic and Jianping Yao of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science have recently been inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) along with 46 other new Fellows. They join a select group of 550 Canadian engineers.
Getting elected to the Academy is the greatest honour that can be bestowed on Canadian engineers. Fellows are nominated and elected by current members of the Academy, in view of their distinguished achievements and career-long service to the engineering profession.
The CAE is the national institution through which Canada’s most distinguished and experienced engineers provide strategic advice on matters of critical importance to Canada. It is an independent and self-governing non-profit organization established in 1987. Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering are committed to ensuring that Canada’s engineering expertise is applied to the benefit of all Canadians.
Professors Berini, Stojmenovic and Yao have received this honour for their distinguished accomplishments and significant contributions to various areas of engineering.
Pierre Berini has made pioneering contributions to photonics, particularly in the area of surface plasmons and their application to integrated optical circuits, telecommunication devices and (bio)chemical sensors. This University of Ottawa Research Chair holder has made significant contributions to the engineering profession by organizing major international conferences, teaching and mentoring in the Faculty of Engineering, and leading many industry-funded research and development projects. Professor Berini has also initiated several transfers of technology to Canadian industry, including the creation of a spin-off company, and been significantly involved with national agencies that provide funding for research.
Ivan Stojmenovic is recognized for his exceptional contributions to the design of data communication protocols for wireless ad hoc and sensor networks. His pioneering research has been widely referenced in academia. His “greedy-face-greedy” algorithm has been added to most existing simulation tools and remains the only known framework for guaranteed delivery of localized, memoryless, path-based routing. One of Professor Stojmenovic’s articles, on backbone construction and broadcasting protocols, earned him the Fast Breaking Paper for October 2003. Professor Stojmenovic’s publication list includes the most prestigious journals and conferences. He has been elected to IEEE Fellow status (Communications Society) and is the editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems.
Jianping Yao, a University of Ottawa Research Chair holder, has earned a strong reputation as a leader and outstanding researcher in microwave photonics. With over 200 refereed journal publications, Professor Yao has pioneered various developments in microwave photonics, including ground-breaking work in UWB-over-fibre technologies, photonic generation of microwave arbitrary waveforms and advanced fibre Bragg grating techniques. Through his distinguished career, Professor Yao has supervised over 60 research students and engineers, established close collaboration with industry and played an active role in various professional societies. Professor Yao was elected Fellow of the Optical Society of America and of the IEEE for his contributions to microwave photonics.