2018 Awards

Our section wants to recognize extraordinary achievements and contributions. If you, or someone you know, have done something worth highlighting, please send a description of this achievement to Matt Horrer (  If you would like to be on the Awards committee, please let me know.

We have 2 categories:

  • IEEE Outstanding Volunteer Award
  • IEEE Outstanding Engineering Award

Candidates have to be IEEE members of our section (ENCS). The award will be presented during a special ENCS gathering.

Submission shall contain:

  • Name
  • IEEE member number
  • Statement with significant details why that person should be selected.
  • Include dates and locations (if relevant). More recent contributions will be valued higher.

Deadline for submissions: November 11, 2018

The criteria for the awards are:

Criteria for IEEE Outstanding Volunteer Award submission:

  • Organizers or significant contributors to section activities or affinity groups (Young Professionals, Women in Engineering, etc.)
  • Members who contributed consistently and diligently to our section for the benefit of our members.

Criteria for IEEE Outstanding Engineer Award submission:

  • Outstanding technical contributions to the engineering profession.
  • Outstanding professional and leadership contributions to the engineering profession
  • Significant contributions to the local community representing the engineering profession.
  • Outstanding contributions in the area of engineering education.

The subject line should read IEEE ENCS Outstanding Volunteer Award submission or IEEE ENCS Outstanding Engineer Award submission, respectively. Self-nomination is allowed. Each submission will be confirmed via reply to the submission email.



Congratulation to the 2016 Fellow Members!

Dr. Laura Bottomley
Dr. Laura Bottomley

Director, Women in Engineering and The Engineering Place, College of Engineering, NC State University

Dr. Laura joined NC State University in fall of 1997 with the mission of creating a Women in Engineering program. She soon realized the need for and originated a K-12 Outreach program in 1999. She is responsible for the oversight of the Engineering Place and its strategic operations. She is also a frequent creative contributor to program content. She holds primary responsibility for funding operation and personnel. Laura also runs the Women in Engineering program, advises students and teaches the E 101 Introduction to Engineering and Problem-Solving class for first-year students.
She graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering in 1984 and 1985 respectively. She spent two years at AT&T Bell Laboratories, before returning to school at NC State for her Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering. She has also taught at Duke University, where she began her work in K-12 Outreach while teaching undergraduate and graduate electrical engineering courses. Since then, she has consulted with Lockheed Martin, IBM, MCNC and others before eventually originating her current position in the Office Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering at NC State.
Dr. Laura is a fellow member of IEEE, a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, a faculty advisor for the Society of Women Engineers at NC State, a member of the steering committee for the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) assessment in technological literacy and a frequent guest speaker for various groups.
She has been inducted into the YWCA Academy of Women for her work in empowering women and eliminating racism. The combined Women in Engineering and K-12 Outreach Program under her tutelage received the institutional President’s Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring in 2000. In 2009 Laura received the individual President’s Award for Excellence . Also in 2009 IEEE honored her with the Educational Activities Board Informal Education Award. Some of her National Science Foundation-sponsored work with K-12 was featured on the NSF Discoveries website  in 2005.

Dr. Frank Mueller
Dr. Frank Mueller

“for contributions to timing analysis of real-time systems”

Dr. Frank Mueller is a Professor in Computer Science and a member of multiple research centers at North Carolina State University. Previously, he held positions at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Humboldt University Berlin, Germany.
He received his Ph.D. from Florida State University in 1994. He has published papers in the areas of parallel and distributed systems, embedded and real-time systems and compilers.
He is a member of ACM SIGPLAN, ACM SIGBED and a senior member of the ACM and fellow member of IEEE as well as an ACM Distinguished Scientist. He is a recipient of an NSF Career Award, an IBM Faculty Award, a Google Research Award and a Fellowship from the Humboldt Foundation.
He has made many important contributions to improve runtime systems, programming languages, and compilers for parallel/distributed computing systems and real-time systems. More recently, he focused on algorithms that trade off resilience, power and performance of high-end computing systems, including the investigation of feedback control methods under service-level-agreement constraints

Dr. Cliff Wang
   Dr. Cliff Wang

“for leadership in trusted computing and communication systems”

Director of Computer Science Division at ARO, Adjunct Professor at NCSU

Dr. Cliff Wang graduated from North Carolina State University with a PhD in computer engineering in 1996. He has been carrying out research in the area of computer vision, medical imaging, high speed networks, and most recently information security. He has authored over 40 technical papers and 3 Internet standards RFCs. Dr. Wang also authored/edited for 13 books in the area of information security and hold 3 US patents on information security system development.
Since 2003, Dr. Wang has been managing extramural research portfolio on information assurance at US Army Research Office. In 2007 he was selected as the director of the computing sciences division at ARO while in the same time managing his program in cyber security. For the past ten years, Dr. Wang managed over $100M research funding which led to significant technology breakthroughs. Dr. Wang also holds adjunct faculty position at both Department of Computer Science and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University.