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Two at NIST Are Named IEEE Fellows for 2011

From NIST Tech Beat: December 6, 2011


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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)'s George Arnold and John Suehle have been named fellows of the IEEE, one of the world's major professional organizations dedicated to the advancement of technology.*

Arnold, the National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability, was cited by the IEEE "for leadership in architecture and protocols for the electric grid and telecommunication networks." The citation also recognizes the work Arnold did at Bell Laboratories on protocols for automating the operations and maintenance of telecommunications networks as well as for leading standards development efforts for next-generation networks.

John Suehle, the leader of NIST's CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) and Novel Devices Group, was cited "for contributions to the understanding of thin gate dielectric films." The citation also recognizes Suehle's contributions to semiconductor device reliability over the past quarter-century. His work has helped in projecting the life of integrated circuits, especially as their thickness is scaled down.

Fellowship 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 of fellows selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one percent of the total voting membership. This year, 321 individuals were named fellows out of 385,000 members in 160 countries.

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