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Bostian appointed Alumni Distinguished Professor

Liu Named IEEE Fellow

Ramu Honored with IES Achievement Award


Winter 2004

Faculty News

Bostian Appointed Alumni Distinguished Professor

(by Liz Crumbley)

Charles Bostian has been appointed an Alumni Distinguished Professor for long-term and outstanding contributions to the instructional program of the university, that have influenced the lives of generations of alumni.

Since joining the Virginia Tech faculty in 1969, Bostian has been a leader in forging the university's preeminent wireless communications program. For 16 years he headed the Satellite Communication Group and in 1993 he became the founding director of the Center for Wireless Telecommunications.

A member of Virginia Tech's Academy of Teaching Excellence and a recipient of the Wine Award for Teaching Excellence, Bostian has taught more than 4,000 students in electrical engineering courses. During his teaching career, Bostian initiated courses in radio wave propagation and satellite communications, as well as an honors course in telecommunications. He is the co-author of the most widely used textbooks in both satellite communications and radio frequency design.

Bostian also has directed numerous graduate students to completion of their master's degrees and doctorates and has served as principal investigator on research projects totaling $5.8 million in funding.

Prior to his appointment as an Alumni Distinguished Professor, Bostian held the Clayton Ayre Professorship of ECE. A Fellow in the IEEE, Bostian received his Ph.D., master's degree and bachelor's degree from North Carolina State University.

Liu Named IEEE Fellow

Yilu Liu has been named a Fellow of the IEEE for contributions to modeling and diagnostic techniques for power equipment. This is the highest level of membership in the IEEE and is one of the highest honors in the field.

An expert in power systems, Liu's research has included IT applications in electric power systems, FACTS and energy storage devices for power stability and control, power quality and transient analysis, and the wide area power frequency monitoring network (FNET) for the U.S. power grid.

Liu joined ECE in 1990 after earning her Ph.D. and MSEE from Ohio State University.  She earned her BSEE from Xi'An Jiaotong University (China) in 1982. Liu was a recipient of and NSF Young Investigator award and a Presidential Faculty Fellow Award.

Ramu Honored With IES Achievement Award

Krishnan Ramu is the recipient of the 2003 Dr.-Ing. Eugene Mittelmann Achievement Award by the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES). The award is the highest honor the IES can bestow on an individual. It was established in 1975 in order to recognize individuals for their outstanding technical contributions to the field of industrial electronics.


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