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Bank, Dimakis, and Vishwanath Elevated to IEEE Fellow

IEEE Fellows

Three Texas ECE faculty have been elevated to Fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for 2022.

Prof. Seth Bank was honored for “contributions to the growth of optoelectronic materials by molecular beam epitaxy."

Prof. Alex Dimakis was honored for “contributions to distributed coding and learning."

Prof. Sriram Vishwanath was honored for “contributions to information theory and coding for wireless communication systems."

IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation. Texas ECE now has 33 faculty who have been elevated to IEEE Fellow.

Seth Bank is a professor and holds the Cullen Trust for Higher Education Endowed Professorship in Engineering #6 in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.

His current research interests are centered on the molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) growth of analog/digital alloy semiconductors (e.g. AlInAsSb) and metal/semiconductor hetero- and nano-structures (e.g. ErAs nanoparticles in GaAs) and their application to plasmonics, silicon-based lasers, avalanche photodiodes, mid-IR lasers, sensors, THz generation and sensing, and high-speed transistors. He has coauthored >350 papers and presentations in these areas.

He has received a Young Faculty Award from DARPA, the Young Scientist Award from the International Symposium on Compound Semiconductors (ISCS), a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) an AFOSR Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award, an ONR Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award, and a NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program Award.

Alex Dimakis is a professor and holds the Archie W. Straiton Endowed Faculty Fellowship in Engineering in the Electrical & Computer Engineering department at The University of Texas at Austin.

His research interests include information theory, coding theory, signal processing, and networking, with a current focus on distributed storage, network coding, distributed inference and message passing algorithms. He received an NSF Career award in 2011, a Google faculty research award in 2012 and the Eli Jury dissertation award in 2008. He is the co-recipient of several best paper awards including the joint Information Theory and Communications Society Best Paper Award in 2012.

Sriram Vishwanath is a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at The University of Texas at Austin.

His research interests include information theory, wireless communications and coding theory. His industry experience includes work at the National Semiconductor Corporation, CA and at the Lucent Bell labs, NJ. He has won a NSF CAREER Award and the 2005 IEEE Joint IT/Comsoc Best Paper Award.