ECU professors receive IEEE senior membership

Two East Carolina University professors in the Department of Engineering have received senior membership to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Engineering professors Dr. Faete “JT” Filho, left, and Dr. Sunghan Kim have received senior membership in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, an honor just 10% of members receive.

Associate Professor Dr. Sunghan Kim and Assistant Professor Dr. Faete “JT” Filho were recognized during a virtual IEEE meeting on Dec. 3.

IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization with about 400,000 members. It’s goal is to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity while serving as a global community to technical professionals, recognizing their contributions to technology and to improving the world.

About 10% of IEEE members achieve senior membership.

Requirements for IEEE senior membership include at least 10 years of professional service and “significant performance” in the profession.

“Earning the IEEE senior membership is a major career achievement for me since it is the first professional recognition of my contributions to the fields of engineering given by my IEEE colleagues,” Kim said.

Kim’s research focuses on extracting clinically useful information from various biomedical data to support decision-making for patients and medical personnel by using advanced signal processing and data mining techniques. He’s worked with various medical personnel and researchers on projects that include an effort for earlier diagnosis of those with dementia. He also serves as the director for the biomedical/mechanical engineering master’s program.

Kim has been an IEEE member since 2005.

“The senior membership opens up opportunities for me to serve the IEEE community by holding various volunteer positions,” Kim said.

Filho’s research areas include renewable energy, artificial intelligence, power electronics, water desalination technologies and grid integration of energy storage, among other areas. He operates a 600 square-foot lab with a focus on power electronics, intelligent systems and renewable energy in the Department of Engineering.

He first became a IEEE student member in 2008-09 and became a regular member in 2012-13 before earning the senior designation this year.

“In addition to recognition, I think it will provide a broader range of opportunities and visibility to impact the scientific community and society,” Filho said.

— Ken Buday