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Thomas Weller Named IEEE Fellow


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Thomas Weller, professor and chair of the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of South Florida in Tampa, has been named an IEEE Fellow by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. 

Weller, who also received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 1999, is being recognized for his for contributions to the advancement of passive monolithic microwave integrated circuit design and modeling and to the advancement of microwave surface mount component modeling techniques.

"I've been very fortunate to work with outstanding colleagues, especially those in the Center for Wireless and Microwave Information Systems, along with extremely talented graduate students," said Weller.

The modeling research led to a start-up company in 2001, Modelithics, Inc., and the substrate-dependent model is the basis for the Modelithics Global Model™ libraries, which are in use by microwave designers in companies, government laboratories and academic institutions across the world.

"Dr. Weller's body of work in the design of passive microwave circuits and components is remarkable," said Robert H. Bishop, Dean of the College of Engineering and also a professor of electrical engineering. "He is most certainly well-deserving of elevation to IEEE Fellow. We are very proud of his accomplishments and look forward to many more years of his impactful research and development."

This brings the total number of College of Engineering faculty who are also IEEE Fellows to 12 - five in electrical engineering and seven in computer science and engineering.

"The University of South Florida is a champion of technological innovation and provides a very supportive environment for research, making these types of individual recognition possible," said Weller.

Recognizing the achievements of its members is an important part of the mission of the IEEE. Each year, following a rigorous evaluation procedure, the IEEE Fellow Committee recommends a select group of recipients for elevation to IEEE Fellow. Less than 0.1% of voting members are selected annually for this member grade elevation.

The IEEE is the world's leading professional association for advancing technology for humanity. Through its 400,000 plus members in 160 countries, the association is a leading authority on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics.

Dedicated to the advancement of technology, the IEEE publishes 30 percent of the world's literature in the electrical and electronics engineering and computer science fields, and has developed more than 1300 active industry standards. The association also sponsors or co-sponsors nearly 1700 international technical conferences each year. To learn more about IEEE or the IEEE Fellow Program, please visit their website.