Three UMass Amherst Engineers Elected Fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

December 1, 1998


AMHERST, Mass. - Three members of the electrical and computer engineering (ECE) faculty at the University of Massachusetts have been elected fellows of the prestigious Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). They are Weibo Gong, Francis "Sandy" Hill, and Ting-wei Tang. The announcement was made by Joseph I. Goldstein, dean of the College of Engineering.

"I am very proud of Professors Tang, Hill, and Gong of the ECE department," said Goldstein. "These three faculty have made very important teaching and research contributions to the University. With these faculty, it is no wonder that ECE is rated in the top quartile of all ECE departments in the country."

Keith Carver, acting head of the department, said: "We applaud Professors Gong, Hill, and Tang for the outstanding contributions they have made to their fields, and this singular recognition by their peers." Carver noted that nine ECE faculty are now IEEE Fellows. The others are: Carver, Israel Koren, David M. Pozar, Daniel H. Schaubert, Calvin T. Swift, and K. Sigfrid Yngvesson.

Gong was elected in recognition of his research in the field of automatic control of discrete event systems. Examples of these systems include computer networks such as the Internet, local area networks, and some manufacturing processes. He earned his doctoral degree at Harvard University. Gong joined the UMass faculty in 1987.

Hill was elected for his sustained contributions and leadership in the field of distance learning, particularly for his very popular courses in computer engineering and computer graphics offered via satellite transmission to students in industry across the United States. Hill, who received his Ph.D. from Yale University, joined the UMass faculty in 1970.

Tang was elected in recognition of his contributions to numerical and computer modeling of the high-speed and high-power semiconductor devices. These highly sophisticated models have helped improve the performance of a new generation of transistors and diodes, the basic building blocks of computers, and have significantly reduced design and manufacturing costs for the semiconductor industry. Tang, who earned his doctorate at Brown University, joined UMass in 1968.

The IEEE is the largest professional society in the world, with more than 300,000 members worldwide. Less than 2 percent of the total membership are Fellows.