Four faculty from the Viterbi School have been elected fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the organization's highest level of membership and one of its most prestigious honors.
The four new fellows, all professors, are Theodore Berger, from the Department of Biomedical Engineering; Danny Cohen from the Department of Computer Science, and Bart Kosko and Gerhard Kramer, from the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering. The additions raises the total number of faculty in the Viterbi School who are IEEE fellows to more than 40.
"I am absolutely thrilled to have four new IEEE fellows on our already distinguished faculty," said Dean Yannis C. Yortsos. "Danny Cohen, Ted Berger, Bart Kosko and Gerhard Kramer are three very talented and exceptional individuals with outstanding records of academic achievement, and I offer my heartiest congratulations to them."
"Ted was given this award for his seminal contributions to the nonlinear systems modeling of neural tissue and the development of neural prostheses," said Michael Khoo, chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. "This recognition of his pioneering efforts in neuroengineering is long overdue."
Berger earned his Ph.D. at Harvard where his thesis won the James McKeen Cattell Award from the New York Academy of Sciences. He conducted postdoctoral research at the University of California, Irvine from 1977-1978, and was an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow at The Salk Institute from 1978-1979.
Kosko is a widely published author in both academic and popular realms including textbooks, edited volumes and general science. His Fuzzy Thinking was an international bestseller. Other popular books include Heaven in a Chip and Noise. He also wrote a cyber thriller, Nanotime.
In 1982, Kosko received bachelor's degrees from USC in philosophy and in economics. He earned a master's degree in applied mathematics from UC-San Diego and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from UC-Irvine. He also has a J.D. degree from Concord Law School and is a California licensed attorney.
"Bart Kosko's election as IEEE Fellow is a great achievement and recognition of his accomplishments in research and education," said Alexander Sawchuk, systems chair of the Ming Hsieh Department. "Our department joins me in congratulating him."
He earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering at the University of Manitoba and the Dr.Sc. technical degree at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH). He has received the IEEE Communications Society Stephen O. Rice Prize Paper Award, a Bell Labs President's Gold Award and an ETH Medal. Kramer joined the Ming Hsieh Department in January 2009 from Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent.
"Gerard Kramer's election as IEEE Fellow is an excellent recognition of his accomplishments and stature in communications, coding and information theory research," said Sawchuk. "Our faculty joins me in congratulating him on this honor."