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The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) Board of Directors has elected John R Patrick as an IEEE Fellow, effective 1 January 2008. The Member Grade of Fellow is conferred in recognition of unusual and outstanding professional distinction. It is awarded at the initiative of the IEEE Board of Directors following a rigorous nomination and evaluation process. Individuals receiving this distinction have demonstrated extraordinary contributions to one or more fields of electrical engineering, electronics, computer engineering and related sciences. This Grade is not conferred automatically on nomination; only a fraction of those nominated are selected for leadership in technical and policy development of the World Wide Web.
Twelve MTT-S Members who were evaluated by the MTT Society were elected to the grade of Fellow, effective 1 January 2008:
Recognising the achievements of its members is an important part of the mission of the Institute and the IEEE Fellowship is one of the most prestigious honours in Electrical Engineering. Each year, following a rigorous evaluation procedure, the IEEE Fellows Committee recommends a selected group of recipients for the Fellowship. This year, less than one in one thousand members of the IEEE, from all over the world, will receive this honour.
Professor Low, was the Director of the Data Storage Institute from its founding in 1992 until 1998, and Dean of Engineering from 1998 to 2000. According to his citation, he is elected “for leadership in the development of technology for magnetic data storage”.
Professor Low is the third person in the department to be elected IEEE Fellow. The previous receipients, Professor Hang Chang Chieh (in 1998) and Professor Lim Yong Ching (2000), were honoured for their work in control engineering and in FIR digital filter design respectively.
We congratulate Professor Low for this prestigious honour.
John Patrick is President of Attitude LLC and former vice president of Internet technology at IBM, where he worked for thirty-eight years. During his IBM career John helped start IBM’s leasing business at IBM Credit Corporation, and was senior marketing executive for the launch of the IBM ThinkPad brand. Starting in the early 1990s, John dedicated his time to fostering Internet technologies. One of the leading Internet visionaries, John is quoted frequently in the global media and speaks at dozens of conferences around the world. Business 2.0 named him as one of the industry’s most intriguing minds, Industry Week named him one of the top 30 people who drive innovation and provide the initial spark to economic growth, and Network World called him one of the 25 most powerful people in networking.

John was a founding member of the World Wide Web Consortium at MIT in 1994, a founding member and past chairman of the Global Internet Project, a member of the Internet Society and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is a member of the Engineering Advisory Board at Lehigh University. John has been a business and technology advisor to numerous companies. He is a member of the board of directors of Jupitermedia Corporation, Knovel Corporation and Danbury Health Systems, Inc. His book, Net Attitude, paints a vivid picture of the future of the Internet and the attitudes needed to capitalize on it.