Prominence of ECE Faculty Continues to Grow
By Gabriella McNevin
Boston University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Mark Horenstein has been named an IEEE Fellow. He is being recognized for contributions to the modeling and measurements of electrostatics in industrial processes. His experimental and theoretical work has focused on some of the more complex electrostatic problems that relate to instrumentation and safety and well as to an understanding of the fundamental theories behind many industrial processes. His work has spanned such broad subjects at the propagating brush discharge, electrostatic phenomena in MEMS devices, modeling of corona discharge, and the electrostatics of parachutes.
The IEEE grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one-percent of the total voting membership. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.
Until 2015, Horenstein served as the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Electrostatics for 14 years, and he is an honorary life member of the Electrostatics Society of America (ESA). He was selected to be the Bill Bright Memorial Lecturer for the Institute of Physics’ Electrostatics 2015 conference, where he discussed “The Contribution of Surface Potential to Diverse Problems in Electrostatics.” He was also named International Fellow by the Electrostatics Working Group of the European Federation of Chemical Engineers at their Electrostatics 2013 conference, where he gave an invited lecture on “Future Trends in Industrial Electrostatics. In 2012, he was named Outstanding Professor of the Year by the College of Engineering at Boston University. Horenstein is a named inventor on five patents. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 1978, and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1975.
In addition to Horenstein’s expertise in electrostatics, he is known for his textbooks on microelectronics and engineering design. He currently works on technology for self-cleaning photovoltaic solar panels and concentrating solar mirrors, and ultra-sensitive electrostatic field sensors
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