Arkansas Academy of Electrical Engineering Inducts 17 New Members
Top row left to right: William Cunningham, Ty McNutt, Michael Gray, Silke Spiesshoefer, John R. Fraley and Jared Hornberger. Middle row left to right: Téa Williams, Tsedeniya Abraham, Leon Wittmer, Madhukar Rao Pawar, Kraig Olejniczak and Gary Gunderman. Bottom row left to right: Farhat Jahangir, Eddie Pettis, Deane Thomey, Carl Ryan and Avinash Kashyap.
The Arkansas Academy of Electrical Engineering has inducted 17 new members for their dedication to the field of electrical engineering.
The process for this year's inductees began in November 2019, with nominations from colleagues and former professors. Each inductee is an "eminent electrical engineer as well as an eminent graduate of the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Arkansas at least 15 years prior to selection to membership," according to the Academy bylaws.
The ceremony took place in a virtual setting on Saturday, April 25. The event was originally scheduled to take place in Fayetteville on Friday, April 24, but it was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 40 people attended the online ceremony.
The 2020 inductees were:
- Tsedeniya Abraham, B.S.E.E. '03; M.S.E.E. '06
- John R. Fraley, B.S.E.E. '05
- Gary Gunderman, B.S.E.E. '93
- Farhat Jahangir, M.S.E.E. '98
- Ty McNutt, M.S.E.E. '01; Ph.D '04
- Madhukar Rao Pawar, M.S.E.E. '95
- Carl Ryan, B.S.E.E. '62; M.S.E.E. '63; Ph.D '69 University of Missouri-Rolla
- Deane Thomey, B.S.E.E. '91; M.S.E.E. '95
- Leon Wittmer, B.S.E.E. '91; M.S.E.E. '95
- William Cunningham, B.S.E.E.'02
- Michael Gray, B.S.E.E'86
- Jared Hornberger, B.S.E.E. '02; M.S.E.E. '05; Ph.D '12
- Avinash Kashyap, M.S.E.E. '05; Ph.D '09
- Kraig Olejniczak, B.S.E.E. '87 Valparaiso University; M.S.E.E. '88; Ph.D '91 Purdue University
- Eddie Pettis, B.S.E.E. '98
- Silke Spiesshoefer, B.S.Ch.E. '98; M.S.E.E. '01; Ph.D '05
- Téa Williams, B.S.E.E. '02; M.S.E.E. '04
The Arkansas Academy of Electrical Engineering was founded in 1980, and its members focus on aiding the department developing the next generation of electrical engineers by providing academic scholarships, student society support, new faculty member support, giving technical and motivational talks to students, and personally mentoring students.
For more information about the Arkansas Academy of Electrical Engineering, visit aaee.uark.edu.
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