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2012 IEEE
Richard Harold Kaufmann Award

2012 IEEE
Reynold B. Johnson Information
Storage Systems Award
Sponsored by Hitachi Data Systems

Sponsored by the IEEE Industry
Applications Society

Naoya Takahashi

John P. Nelson

For leadership in the development of innovative storage
systems for heterogeneous open and mainframe servers,
business continuity solutions, and virtualization of
heterogeneous storage systems

For leadership in grounding and protection design and
the advancement of the electrical safety culture
John P. Nelson has devoted his career to advancing the electrical safety of industrial power system equipment with work in
power system protection, system grounding, and designs that
minimize electrical hazards to equipment and personnel. During
the 1990s, there was debate within the petroleum and chemical
industries regarding which grounding systems were most
suitable based on reliability, maintainability, and safety concerns.
Mr. Nelson's award-winning papers on high-resistance grounding
for low-voltage systems provided clarity and helped settle the
controversy. He has presented short courses, conducted
workshops, and taught undergraduate and graduate classes to
many hundreds of engineers, students, and practicing professionals. His current efforts are focused on the dangers associated
with new, old, and poorly maintained equipment and potential
safety issues with new designs. An IEEE Fellow, Mr. Nelson is the
chief executive officer of NEI Electric Power Engineering, Inc.,
Arvada, Colo., which he founded in 1982.

Naoya Takahashi's vision and leadership has directed Hitachi, Ltd.,
to the top of the data storage systems market and helped change
the course of the industry. Dr. Takahashi believed that storage
systems were more than just peripheral equipment attached to
mainframes. He had the vision to break away from the norm and
design an enterprise storage system, known as Starnet, capable
of supporting multiple open systems and mainframe processors
through separate ports on the same storage system. He led the
development of a remote copying method that provides open
systems with the same disaster recovery solutions previously only
available on expensive mainframes and was instrumental in
Hitachi's development of the Lightning 9000 series of disk arrays
featuring the Hi-Star crossbar architecture in 2000, which was
important to newly emerging storage area networks. An IEEE
Senior Member, Dr. Takahashi is currently president and chief
executive officer of Hitachi Systems, Ltd., Tokyo, Japan.

2012 IEEE
Joseph F. Keithley Award in
Instrumentation and Measurement

2012 IEEE
Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award

Sponsored by Keithley Instruments, Inc.

Sponsored by the IEEE Circuits and
Systems Society

Rik Pintelon

Ronald A Rohrer

For the development of innovative system
identification methods for measurement applications

For fundamental contributions to circuit simulation, circuit
design optimization, and electronic design automation

Rik Pintelon has played a pioneering role in introducing system
identification to the instrumentation and measurement field as a
modern approach to solving measurement problems. Dr.
Pintelon's innovative methods have found important use in a
diverse range of areas, including measurement and modeling of
metal corrosion and deposition, electric machines, inner-ear
dynamics, and analysis of civil engineering structures. He also
developed a frequency domain approach to system identification
and pushed for its adoption within the control systems community.
In 1991, he and his colleagues were successful in developing the
Frequency Domain System Identification (FDIDENT) Toolbox for
the popular MATLAB program, which exposed his work to a large
audience. He published a highly cited book on system identification in 2001 (System Identification: A Frequency Domain
Approach, IEEE Press), with a 2012 second edition. An IEEE
Fellow, Dr. Pintelon is a professor with the Electrical Measurement
Department at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium.

Considered one of the preeminent researchers on design optimization during the 1960s, Ronald A Rohrer's contributions to improving
integrated circuit (IC) production have spanned over 40 years. Dr.
Rohrer realized early on that circuit simulation was crucial to IC
design for progress in size reduction and complexity. He introduced a sequence of circuit simulation courses at the University of
California, Berkeley that resulted in the CANCER (Computer
Analysis of Nonlinear Circuits, Excluding Radiation) simulation
program, enabling unprecedented efficiency and circuit size capability. CANCER evolved into the SPICE (Simulation Program with
Integrated Circuit Emphasis) tool, now considered the industry
standard for IC design simulation. At Carnegie Mellon, Dr. Rohrer
introduced the Asymptotic Waveform Evaluation (AWE) algorithm,
which enables highly efficient timing simulation of ICs containing
large numbers of parasitic elements. An IEEE Life Fellow, Dr. Rohrer
is a University Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer
Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa.
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