The 2012 class of ACES Fellows has been announced with two members elevated to the Fellow grade. Prof. Levent Gürel of Bilkent University and Dr. C. J. Reddy, President of Applied EM Inc./EM Software & Systems (USA) Inc. have been elevated to Fellow in 2012. Their biographies follow. ACES introduced the Fellows program in 2008. The grade of Fellow is bestowed by the ACES Board of Directors upon a person with exceptional achievements in computational electromagnetics, including ACES publications, and extensive service to ACES. A complete list of ACES Fellows can be found at http://www.engineering.olemiss.edu/
Prof. Levent Gürel:
Levent Gürel received the B.Sc. degree from the Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey, in 1986, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 1988 and 1991, respectively, all in electrical engineering. He joined the Thomas J. Watson Research Center of the International Business Machines Corporation, Yorktown Heights, New York, in 1991, as a Research Staff Member. Since 1994, he has been a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering of the Bilkent University, Ankara, where he is currently a Professor. He was a Visiting Associate Professor at the Center for Computational Electromagnetics (CCEM) of the UIUC for one semester in 1997. He returned to the UIUC as a Visiting Professor in 2003-2005, and as an Adjunct Professor after 2005. Prof. Gürel has been conducting cutting-edge research in parallel computing in electromagnetics, iterative and parallel solvers and pre-conditioners for extremely large matrix equations, and solutions to the world’s largest integral-equation problems.
He also serves as director of the Bilkent University Computational Electromagnetics Research Center (BiLCEM). Since 2006, BiLCEM researchers have been setting world records by solving extremely large problems in computational electromagnetics. The ultimate benefit is finding solutions to previously intractable scientific and real-life problems in many important areas, of which medical imaging, wireless communications, remote sensing and optics are only a few.
Prof. Gürel is an associate editor of several academic journals in his field. He is also serving as guest editor of a special issue of the ACES Journal, and delivered the plenary address at ACES’s 2011 international conference in March.
Earlier this year, Prof. Gürel was named an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for 2011-13, providing the opportunity for him to share his expertise in computational electromagnetics with researchers all over the world. Among the marks of recognition he has received in Turkey, two prestigious awards from the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA) in 2002 and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) in 2003 are the most notable.
Dr. C. J. Reddy:
C. J. Reddy received B. Tech. Degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Regional Engineering College (now National Institute of Technology), Warangal, India in 1983. He received his M. Tech. degree in Microwave and Optical Communication Engineering and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering, both from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, in 1986 and 1988 respectively. From 1987 to 1991, he worked as a Scientific Officer at SAMEER (India) and participated in radar system design and development. In 1991, he was awarded NSERC Visiting Fellowship to conduct research at Communications Research Center, Ottawa, Canada. Later in 1993, he was awarded a National Research Council (USA)’s Research Associateship to conduct research in computational electromagnetics at NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia. Dr. Reddy worked as a Research Professor at Hampton University from 1995 to 2000, while conducting research at NASA Langley Research Center. During this time, he developed various FEM codes for electromagnetics. He also worked on design and simulation of antennas for automobiles and aircraft structures. Particularly development of his hybrid Finite Element Method/Method of Moments/Geometrical Theory of Diffraction code for cavity backed aperture antenna analysis received Certificate of Recognition from NASA.
Currently, Dr. Reddy is the President and Chief Technical Officer of Applied EM Inc, a small company specializing in computational electromagnetics, antenna design and development. At Applied EM, Dr. Reddy successfully led many Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) projects from the US Department of Defense (DoD). Some of the technologies developed under these projects are being considered for transition to the DoD. Dr. Reddy also serves as the President of EM Software & Systems (USA) Inc. At EMSS (USA), he is leading the marketing and support of commercial 3D electromagnetic software, FEKO in North America.
Dr. Reddy is a Senior Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and also a Senior Member of Antenna Measurement Techniques Association (AMTA). Dr. Reddy serves as a member of IEEE MTT Society Technical Committee TC-24 (RFID Technologies). He is also a member of the Applied Computational Electromagnetic Society (ACES) and served as a member of Board of Directors from 2006 to 2012. He published 35 journal papers, 54 conference papers and 17 NASA Technical Reports to date. Dr. Reddy was the General Chair of ACES 2011 Conference held in Williamsburg, VA during March 27-31, 2011.