Professors Mazumder, Toffoli Become IEEE Fellows

By Rachel Harrington

Research Professor Malay Mazumder (ECE)
Research Professor Malay Mazumder (ECE)

Research Professor Tommaso Toffoli (ECE)
Research Professor Tommaso Toffoli (ECE)

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Board of Directors has named ECE Research Professors Malay Mazumder and Tommaso Toffoli as IEEE Fellows, effective January 1. Mazumder was selected “for contributions to self-cleaning solar panels, and particle size and charge distribution analysis;” Toffoli was chosen “for contributions to theory of computing including reversible computing, cellular automata, and physics of computation.”

Since 1963, IEEE has elevated to the grade of Fellow members with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the organization’s fields of interest.

“IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional association, and the diversity of its members fosters close connections and collaborations with colleagues in specific areas of research and scientific inquiry,” said Mazumder. “To become an IEEE Fellow is a fulfilling distinction and I feel honored to be recognized by my peers.”

Co-editor-in-chief of Particulate Science and Technology, Mazumder received the R&D Award and the Electrostatic Society of America Lifetime Achievement Award, and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas. His research focuses on materials engineering, solar energy systems, particle technology and electrostatic engineering.

A member of the editorial boards of Complex Systems, the Journal of Cellular Automata and the International Journal of Unconventional Computing, Toffoli earned a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Rome and an additional Ph.D. in computer and communication sciences from the University of Michigan. His research interests include fundamental connections between physics and computation, fine-grained modeling of physics-like systems, and personal knowledge structuring.

“Most of my work has consisted not in trying to find an answer to questions that other people have asked,” said Toffoli, “but rather in raising questions that no one else had formulated and trying to answer them because they looked important—and fun—to me.”

Excited to represent Boston University and become a Fellow of a group with historical ties to prestigious scientists such as Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison, Mazumder looks forward to encouraging more ECE students to become members of the professional society.

“Student engagement in meetings, presentations and publications establishes a lifelong collaborative academic network of colleagues,” he said. “I hope to guide ECE students to join IEEE to foster such opportunities.”

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