[From CASE Reports, Vol. 11, No. 1, 1996]

New Members Elected to the Academy in 1995


Ronald Raphael Coifman

Professor of Mathematics, Yale University. Professor Coifman is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a former Sloan Foundation Fellow. He is the author of over 100 publications, including two that are considered among the most frequently cited in the field of mathematics. In the past five years, Professor Coifman has collaborated with newly-elected CASE member Vladimir Rokhlin, producing new classes of algorithms for efficient storage and manipulation of large data sets and for rapid and accurate numerical solution of classical equations of mathematical physics. Professor Coifman was elected to CASE on the basis of his fundamental contributions to pure mathematics in the field of harmonic analysis, and for his achievements in the adaptation of that field to the capabilities of the digital computer to produce a family of fast, robust computational tools that have already substantially benefited both science and technology.


Charlotte G. Denenberg

Vice President, Network Technology; Chief Technical Officer, Southern New England Telephone Company. Dr. Denenberg currently chairs the Distance Learning Council of the Engineering Academy of Southern New England (EASNE) and serves on the boards of directors of the University of New Haven and the Alliance for Telecom-munications Industry Solutions (ATIS). A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she is a member of the New York Academy of Women Achievers. She is a member of the University of Connecticut Engineering Advisory Board and the Executive Advisory Council of the Eastern Communications Forum. In 1994 Dr. Denenberg received Telephony's Fiber-in-the-Loop Network Design and Deployment Award. Before joining SNET in 1987, Dr. Denenberg was Director of Technology Evaluation and Support at the ITT Advanced Technology Center. At SNET, she oversees all network-related technology assessment and directs planning for SNET's Network and associated support systems. She was elected to CASE on the basis of her contributions to the development of a modern information highway infrastructure for Connecticut.


Matthew S. Mashikian

Professor of Electrical & Systems Engineering; Director, Electrical Insulation Research Center, University of Connecticut. Professor Mashikian is a Fellow of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) and was recently elected Vice Chairman of the Power Engineering Society. A member of the Dielectrics and Insulation Society (DEIS), he chaired their Publication/ Publicity Committee and has served on numerous other DEIS committees. He also has held advisory positions with the Electric Power Research Institute. Professor Mashikian is the author of 68 publications and 12 patents. He was elected to CASE on the basis of his pioneering technical contributions to electrical power engineering, including development of resilient shielding compounds in electric power cables, capacitively graded cable terminations, and insulating devices. His research interests include high voltage engineering, electrical insulating materials, diagnostic high voltage testing, power apparatus and systems, power cable technology, and surge arresters.


Kumpati S. Narendra

Professor of Electrical Engineering; Director, Neuroengineering and Neuroscience Center, Yale University. Professor Narendra is a Fellow of the IEEE and the IEE (United Kingdom), as well as the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He serves on several advisory boards, including those of the Center for Engineering Systems Advanced Research of Oakridge National Laboratory, the Institute of Advanced Engineering in Korea, and the Center for Intelligent Control in Singapore. His many awards include the Leadership Award of the International Neural Network Society, the American Automatic Control Council's Education Award and, most recently, the Bode Prize/Lecture of the IEEE Control Systems Society. He was named Distinguished Visiting Scientist for 1994–95 by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Professor Narendra's research interests lie in the areas of stability theory, adaptive control, learning automata, and control of complex systems using neural networks. He was elected to CASE on the basis of his outstanding contributions to adaptive control and learning automata theory and their application to the control of complex systems using neural networks.


Mark A. Reed

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics; Chairman, Department of Electrical Engineering, Yale University. Professor Reed is a Senior Member of IEEE and a member of the American Physical Society and the Electrochemical Society. In 1990 he was named one of Fortune magazine's 12 most promising young American scientists, and in 1994, he was awarded the Kilby Foundation's Kilby Young Innova-tor Award. Professor Reed is the author of more than 60 journal publications and three books, and has presented more than 60 plenary and invited talks. His research interests include semiconductor device physics, quantum devices, and nanotechnology; he has recently begun work in a visionary research area, electronically functional molecular systems. He was elected to CASE on the basis of seminal investigations of novel quantum electronic nanostructures and devices for future electronic applications; among his most important contributions are the first demonstration of a resonant tunneling transistor and the first fabrication and measurements of "quantum dots."


Vladimir Rokhlin

Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Yale University. Professor Rokhlin is a member of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and the Society of Exploration Geophysi-cists. His research interests include numerical scattering theory, elliptic partial differential equations, numerical solution of integral equations, quadrature forumlae for singular functions, numerical linear algebra, and large-scale particle simulations. He is the author (with R. Coifman and G. Beylkin) of one of the most frequently cited sources in mathematics. Professor Rokhlin was elected to CASE on the basis of his development of the Fast Multipole Method and other algorithms which have already made previously impossible calculations routine in fields ranging from geophysics and aerodynamics to medical imaging and computer graphics.


Chandra Sekhar Roychoudhuri

Research Professor, Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering; Director, Photonics Research Center, University of Connecticut. Professor Roychoudhuri is a Life Member of the American Physical Society, and a member of IEEE, the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, and the Optical Society of America (OSA); he is currently Vice Chair of OSA's Membership and Education Council. He has served on the Advisory Board of the Connecticut Science Center since 1991. The founding director of UConn's Photonics Research Center and a former Fulbright Scholar, Professor Roychoudhuri was elected to CASE on the basis of his pioneering technical contributions to photonics technology and its applications in data communication, high power laser diode arrays for material processing, miniature laser radars, and interferometery. His research interests include laser physics and engineering; semiconductor laser applications; and the physics of short pulse interference, diffraction and their applications.


Craig Saxton

Executive Vice President, Central Research, Pfizer, Inc.; Vice President, Pfizer, Inc. A charter member of the American Academy of Pharmaceutical Physicans, Dr. Saxton is also a member of the Clinical Research Steering Committee of Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturing of America, and serves on the Board of Directors of the African Medical & Research Foundation. He is an Honorary Clinical Assistant in the Cardiac Investigation Unit of his alma mater, the University of Leeds, and Leeds General Infirmary in Leeds, England, and is Honorary Lecturer and Clinical Assistant in the Clinical Pharmacology Unit of University College Hospital in London. Dr. Saxton joined Pfizer in 1976, serving in many capacities both abroad and in the United States; in his current position, he has worldwide responsibility for the development of all new drugs discovered or licensed by Pfizer for human therapeutic utilization. He was elected to CASE on the basis of his innovative approaches to new drug development and his fostering of cross-divisional relationships within Pfizer.


Devdas Shetty

Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Vernon D. Roosa Professor of Manu-facturing Engineering; Director, Engineering Applications Center, University of Hartford. A senior member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineering (SME), Professor Shetty currently serves as facilitator for SME's Greater Hartford Chapter. He is a Faculty Advisor for the American Society of Mechnical Engineers, and has served since 1988 as a campus representative for the American Society of Engineering Education. Professor Shetty also serves as director of the MIT-University of Hartford-Industry Collegium. In 1994, he was the recipient of the University of Hartford's James E. and Frances W. Bent Award for Outstanding Scholarly or Artistic Creativity. Professor Shetty's research interests include manufacturing engineering, including design automation, sensors; mechatronics; instrumentation CAD/CAM; design for manufacturing; and bio instrumentation. He was elected to CASE on the basis of his contributions to the introduction of automation technology into the production area, including robotics, and in the areas of surface characteristics evaluation and sensing.


Clifford V. Smith, Jr.

President, GE Fund. Dr. Smith, formerly Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, was named President of the GE Fund (formerly the GE Foundation) in 1990. Prior to his position at Wisconsin, he held teaching and administrative positions at Oregon State University. Dr. Smith has also held senior management positions with both the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He is the recipient of the EPA's highest award, the Gold Medal, and the "Outstanding Administrator" Award of the National Association of Minority Consulting Engineers. He is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, the National Association of Professional Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the American Nuclear Society. He was elected to CASE on the basis of his distinguished career in higher education, as professor of engineering and administrator; in business and industry, as executive engineer and corporate foundation executive; and in environmental engineering, especially in the field of nuclear waste disposal.


Dolatrai M. Vyas

Director, Antitumor and Natural Products Chemistry, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. Dr. Vyas is a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Vyas has been with Bristol-Myers Squibb since 1980; he was named a Research Fellow there in 1984. He is the author of 62 papers and 22 patents. Dr. Vyas was elected to CASE on the basis of his contributions to the discovery of drugs used in the treatment of cancer. His research interests include the medicinal chemistry of antitumor agents, natural products chemistry, carbohydrate chemistry, and medicinal chemistry.


David A. Yphantis

Professor of Biochemistry and Bio-physics, University of Connecticut. Professor Yphantis is a member of the American Chemical Society, and the Biophysical Society, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He has served on the editorial boards of the Biophysical Journal, Analytical Biochemistry, and Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics. He was a winner in the Westinghouse Science Talent Search, and a recipient of the Harvard National Scholarship. He is the author of 89 publications, including one which has been listed as one of the 100 most cited papers in the scientific literature. In 1995, he was awarded the Elisabeth Roberts Cole Award of the Biophysical Society. He was elected to CASE on the basis of his contributions in the area of biophysics, fundamental contributions to the field of analytical ultracentrifugation, and his development of methods widely used in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries for studying and evaluation proteins.

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