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Bolle receives IEEE leadership award

Donald Bolle, former dean of engineering and professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering at Lehigh, has received the 2006 IEEE Richard M. Emberson Award for “encouraging and promoting IEEE volunteers” and “effectively planning and executing IEEE goals and objectives worldwide.”

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IEEE – the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. – is the world's largest technical professional society with more than 365,000 members in 150 countries. IEEE’s members conduct research in a variety of areas, ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics.

Bolle received the Emberson Award, which is sponsored by the IEEE Technical Activities Board, at an honors ceremony in June in Minneapolis.

The award is named for the late Richard Emberson, a former executive director and general manager of IEEE who also served as director of technical services and member of the board of directors in a 23-year affiliation with IEEE.

IEEE spokeswoman Francine Tardo said Bolle has “played a pivotal role in establishing an international IEEE presence” as a member of the IEEE Transnational Committee and as chairman of the Technical Activities Board Long Range Planning Committee.

Bolle promoted the creation of IEEE’s regional office in Singapore , Tardo said, as well as the IEEE Brussels Technical Activities Board Office, which later became a regional office. He helped bring volunteers from IEEE regions outside North America into the organization’s leadership.

Bolle, an expert in oceanic engineering, magnetics and microwave theory and techniques, served as dean of Lehigh’s College of Engineering and Applied Science from 1981 to 1988, and then as provost at the Polytechnic University in New York. Lehigh’s engineering college was renamed the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science in 1998 when Peter Rossin ’48 and his wife, Ada, established a $25-million endowment for the college.

An IEEE Life Fellow, Bolle is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Institution of Electrical Engineers in the U.K. He has also received IEEE’s Centennial Medal, Millennium Medal and Ocean Engineering Society Service Award, and he is the founding editor and former editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Ocean Engineering.

Posted on Friday, October 06, 2006

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