Analog integrated circuit design educator gets 2011 IEEE Donald O. Pederson Award

Willy Sansen is an engineering educator known for research, education and industry contributions related to analog integrated circuit design. IEEE honored Sansen with the 2011 Donald O. Pederson Award in Solid-State Circuits.

04/19/2011


Willy Sansen, considered by many to be one of the most prolific engineering educators in Europe for his research, education and industry contributions related to the field of analog integrated circuit design, has been honored by IEEE with the 2011 IEEE Donald O. Pederson Award in Solid-State Circuits. IEEE said it is the world’s largest professional association advancing technology.

The award, sponsored by the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society, recognizes Sansen for leadership in analog integrated circuit design. The award was presented on February 21, 2011, at the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco, Calif.

Despite digital circuits occupying most of the chip space in today’s electronics, the importance of analog circuits continues to grow. They are needed to help the digital world communicate with the real word. Sansen’s efforts in research, education and cooperation with industry have impacted the analog integrated circuit design field worldwide. At the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, Sansen grew his research group (ESAT-MICAS) focusing on the design of analog integrated circuits into one of Europe’s largest and best known. Designs originating from his group have been incorporated by companies worldwide for use in chips for wireless communications, consumer electronics and sensors for cochlear implants and telemetry systems.

Sansen’s 30-plus years of research includes many important papers covering such topics as analog device properties, computer-aided design, sensor interfaces/readout electronics for biomedical applications, low-power amplifiers and analog-to-digital converters. Sansen was one of the pioneers of using computer tools for symbolic analysis of circuits. Symbolic analysis provides greater insight during the design process compared to the purely numerical analysis methods previously used.

Reportedly known for excellence in teaching and the ability to inspire his students, Sansen is the author and co-author of 15 books and has taught numerous short courses and workshops.  The doctorate students he has mentored have become leaders in their own right, holding highly regarded positions in both industry and academia around the world.  His collaborative efforts with industry have resulted in successful spin-off companies in the areas of design automation, radio-frequency design, sensor design and hardware design.

An IEEE Life Fellow, Sansen is a Fellow of the Belgian American Educational Foundation and a recipient of the IEEE Third Millennium Medal. He is a member of the executive and program committees of the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference, serving as program chair for the 2002 Conference, and is past president of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society. He received a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, and a doctorate degree in electronics from the University of California, Berkeley.  Sansen began his career at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in 1969 as a research assistant, serving as a full professor from 1980 to 2008, and is now a Professor Emeritus there.

www.ieee.org

IEEE

See the Engineering Sustainability channel at http://www.controleng.com/channels/sustainable-engineering.html.

- Edited by Amanda McLeman, Control Engineering, www.controleng.com



No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2013 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
The true cost of lubrication: Three keys to consider when evaluating oils; Plant Engineering Lubrication Guide; 11 ways to protect bearing assets; Is lubrication part of your KPIs?
Contract maintenance: 5 ways to keep things humming while keeping an eye on costs; Pneumatic systems; Energy monitoring; The sixth 'S' is safety
Transport your data: Supply chain information critical to operational excellence; High-voltage faults; Portable cooling; Safety automation isn't automatic
Case Study Database

Case Study Database

Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Plant Engineering case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.

These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.

Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.

Maintaining low data center PUE; Using eco mode in UPS systems; Commissioning electrical and power systems; Exploring dc power distribution alternatives
Synchronizing industrial Ethernet networks; Selecting protocol conversion gateways; Integrating HMIs with PLCs and PACs
Why manufacturers need to see energy in a different light: Current approaches to energy management yield quick savings, but leave plant managers searching for ways of improving on those early gains.

Annual Salary Survey

Participate in the 2013 Salary Survey

In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.

Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.

2012 Salary Survey Analysis

2012 Salary Survey Results

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.