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From left: Professors Tony Chan Carusone and Joyce Poon (Photos: Tony Chan Carusone; Joyce Poon by Katja Woldt)

Tony Chan Carusone and Joyce Poon named IEEE Fellows

January 10, 2022

Professors Tony Chan Carusone and Joyce Poon of the Edward S. Rogers Sr. department of electrical and computer engineering (ECE) in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering have been appointed IEEE Fellows.

The designation by the world’s largest technical professional association is reserved for members whose outstanding accomplishments in engineering, science and technology have shown significant value to society.

“The commitment and talent that they bring to their work exemplify the ideals of engineering: bettering society while mentoring the next generation,” says Professor Deepa Kundur, chair of ECE. “Sincere congratulations to Tony and Joyce on this prestigious recognition.”

Cited for “contributions to integrated circuits for digital communication,” Chan Carusone is an expert in microchip design.

“That is where the rubber meets the road in electrical and computer engineering,” he says. “And I saw digital communication technologies as the most transformative technology of our age.”

For the past 10 years, says Chan Carusone, “I’ve been working to lower the power consumption of the microelectronics that handle our communication traffic, with hopes of reducing our footprint on the planet.”

Cited by IEEE for “contributions to integrated photonics on silicon and resonant microphotonic devices,” Poon seeks to advance computing and reduce power consumption by using light from the infrared wavelength to the visible spectrum.

“What drives me and my research is envisioning what computers will be like in ten years or so,” Poon says. “Quantum computing, neuromorphic computing, wearable displays, and eventually brain interfaces are all part of that future. I see photonics taking computing technology into new directions.”

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