Two Tech Profs Elected IEEE Fellows

Two Georgia Tech professors, Abhijit Chatterjee and Joseph L.A. Hughes, have been named Fellows by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology.

The IEEE grade of Fellow is conferred by the board of directors upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest.

Chatterjee, a professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech, was recognized for his contributions to testing analog and mixed signal circuits. Hughes, professor and senior associate chair in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was recognized for his contributions to engineering education program development, assessment and accreditation activities.

Chatterjee's research focuses on designing multi-Ghz RF front end systems (hardware as well as software) that can adapt to process variations in scaled CMOS technologies, environmental operating conditions and interference. The work is driven by prior studies that have shown that system-level self-tuning capability is a must for future broadband software defined radio (SDR) systems to be successful. The project is developing built-in test, measurement and adaptation techniques for RF systems.

From 1996-1997, Chatterjee was a partner in NASA's New Millennium project. He has published more than 250 papers in refereed journals, conferences and workshops, has written several book chapters and has 7 patents. He co-founded Ardext Technologies Inc., a mixed-signal test solutions company, and served as chairman and chief scientist from 2000 until 2002. He serves on the program committees of several international conferences and workshops, co-founded the Multi-Ghz Test Workshop and received an IEEE Service Award for his contributions in 2005. He received his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1990.

After earning his doctorate from Stanford University, Hughes joined Georgia Tech in 1986 as the computer engineering program was just beginning. Early in his career, Hughes led the development of the undergraduate and graduate computer engineering curricula, student recruitment and application for program accreditation, which was initially approved by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) in 1990. Since 1994, he has held coordinator and associate chair positions in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He now serves as senior associate chair, with responsibility for academic operations and administration, including accreditation and assessment, course planning, projected class schedules and faculty workload assignments.

Hughes was the computer engineering program coordinator for Georgia Tech Savannah (GTS) from 1998-2002 as that program was being founded and established. A past division officer of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), he was elected a Fellow of ASEE in 2006. Hughes currently serves as president of the IEEE Education Society, following several terms in other leadership positions within the society.