IEEE Senior Grade and Fellow Elevation

Senior Member Grade

The grade of Senior Member is the highest for which application may be made and shall require experience reflecting professional maturity. For admission or transfer to the grade of Senior Member, a candidate shall be an engineer, scientist, educator, technical executive, or originator in IEEE-designated fields for a total of 10 years and have demonstrated 5 years of significant performance.

Since MNL 4 2016 21 new members have been elevated to the IEEE Senior Grade. Please have a look at the list below!

Zain U L Abdin                    Halmstad

Ingvar Åberg                        Staffanstorp

Assadollay Abri                   Linköping

Karl Åström                          Lund

Johan Carlson                       Luleå

Ove Edfors                            Lund

Mats Gustafsson                  Lund Malmö

Gustaf H Hendeby              Linköping

Celestine O Iwendi             Uppsala

Christer Larsson                  Linköping

Jacob Levison                       Malmö

Tommy Linderstam             Linköping

Lars G Mollberg                   Göteborg

Per M Ödling                        Älvsjö

Petter N Ögren                     Stockholm

Mattias Palm                        Bara

Peter E Sjöblom                    Lund

Mårten Sjöström                  Sundsvall

Isaac Skog                             Stockholm

Cheuk Wai Tai                     Stockholm

James Taylor                        Ludvika


Fellow Grade

The grade of Fellow recognizes unusual distinction in the profession and shall be conferred only by invitation of the Board of Directors upon a person of outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in IEEE-designated fields, and who has made important individual contributions to one or more of these fields.

In 2016 two members were upgraded to the very prestigious IEEE Fellow Grade according to the list below.

Danica Kragic, Royal Institute of Technology KTH, Stockholm        Stockholm

for contributions to vision-based systems and robotic object manipulation

Erik G Larsson, Linkoping University                             Linköping

for contributions to the technology of multi-antenna wireless communications

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Until medio April 2017 eight new members have obtained the IEEE Fellow Grade according to the list below.

Gerald Cooray, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm              Uppsala

for contributions to understanding of the physics of lightning and lightning protection

Lennart Harnefors, ABB Corporate Research Vasteras                        Västerås

for contributions to control and dynamic analysis of power electronic system

Bengt Lennartson, Chalmers University of Technology Goteborg    Göteborg

for contributions to hybrid and discrete event systems for automation and sustainable production

Leif Sörnmo, Lund University, Lund                                          Lund

for contributions to biomedical signal processing in cardiac applications

Vicenc Torra, University of Skovde                                             Skövde

for contributions to fuzzy sets, decision under uncertainty, and data privacy

Fredrik Tufvesson, Lund University, Lund                                Lund

Sweden for contributions to measurement and modeling of wireless propagation channels

Lars M Ulander, Swedish Defence Research Agency, Linkoping      Linköping

for advances in VHF- and UHF-band synthetic aperture radar

Jaap van de Beek, Lulea University of Technology, LTU                               Luleå/Kista

for contributions to orthogonal frequency division multiplexing


Lennart Harnefors bio

Lennart Harnefors began his electrical engineering studies at KTH 1989. The first two years of study were in Västerås in a collaboration between KTH and Mälardalen University (MDH), and the final two years at the KTH campus in Stockholm. After finishing his Master’s thesis research at Ericsson Radio Systems he received the MSc (civilingenjör) degree in 1993. He then returned to MDH as a Research Assistant, teaching in Västerås while conducting research studies at KTH. He received the Licentiate and PhD degrees in electrical machines and drives in 1995 and 1997, respectively.

As a Senior Lecturer at MDH he in 1998 started building up a research and teaching group in applied signal processing and control, mainly with focus on power electronics and drives. During this time he was appointed as a Docent in industrial automation at Lund University in 2000, followed by an appointment as a Professor at MDH in 2001 at age 33. Later the same year he was appointed as a part-time Guest Professor of electrical drives at Chalmers University of Technology as well. At MDH he was the project leader for the university’s effort to obtain examination rights for the MSc degree in engineering (civilingenjörsrättigheter). Rights were granted in 2001. In 2002 one of his students graduated in the first PhD defense ever at MDH.

In 2005, Lennart embarked upon an industrial career, joining the HVDC Product Group of ABB in Ludvika, initially working with system development and studies. In 2007, he was appointed Associate R&D Project Manager in charge of the control development for the first HVDC Light generation using the new cascaded two-level converter concept. He joined the HVDC R&D department in 2009 as an R&D Project Manager and returned part-time to KTH in 2011 as an Adjunct Professor of power electronics for electrical transmission and distribution systems. In 2012 he joined ABB Corporate Research in Västerås and was promoted to Senior Principal Scientist in 2013. In this capacity he acts as an expert in control and dynamic analysis of power electronic systems. One of his objectives in this role is to facilitate bridge-building between various business units of ABB that have activities in his field of expertise.

Lars M Ulander bio:

Synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) is a technology for high-resolution ground imaging from aircraft and satellites using microwaves. A famous example is the ASARS-1 used on the high-altitude reconnaissance jet SR-71 Blackbird in the 1980s. Earth observing SAR on board satellites are today ubiquitous and include, for example, Europe’s Sentinel-1 and Germany’s TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X. Nevertheless, microwave SAR is fundamentally limited by not being able to penetrate foliage and image objects concealed in forests. It was therefore a significant advance when research at the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI, formerly FOA) in the 1990s demonstrated high-resolution imaging through dense forests with airborne SAR operating in the VHF-band. Evaluations together with DARPA in the US clearly showed the advantage of moving to lower frequencies compared to microwaves. Three generations of airborne SAR have been developed by FOI, i.e. CARABAS-I, CARABAS-II and LORA. They have conducted numerous flight trials to prove the robustness of the technology, mostly in Sweden but also abroad in USA, Panama, Finland, France and Switzerland. An industrial prototype is under developed by the company Saab. The work has also resulted in pioneering research in other areas, e.g. fast algorithms for image formation in the time domain (fast factorized back-projection).  CARABAS and LORA showed significant potential for civilian applications, most notably forest mapping due to the high sensitivity of the radar signal to forest biomass. A joint effort together with Chalmers University of Technology resulted in electromagnetic models and parameter-retrieval algorithms. The research spurred interest in the international community for using VHF- and UHF-band SAR in large-scale forest inventory which eventually led to the selection of the BIOMASS mission as the seventh Earth Explorer by the European Space Agency in 2013. The payload will be the first of its kind with a polarimetric SAR operating at the lowest possible frequency from space , i.e. 435 MHz in the lower part of the UHF band. The BIOMASS mission is scheduled for launch in 2021 and is dedicated to global mapping of forest biomass, in particular monitoring of tropical forests which is a variable of high importance for predictions of future climate change.

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Rune Persson, Membership Officer

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