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Press release for Eastern Idaho Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.  Contact Tim McJunkin, Eastern Idaho Section IEEE Awards Chair at 526-7895 or for additional information or clarification.

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The Eastern Idaho Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers celebrated lifetime contributions of a long time volunteer and the elevation of eight members to the level of Senior Member at the Eastern Idaho Engineers Week Banquet held at the Clarion Inn in Pocatello, February 25, 2015.


Senior membership in the IEEE reflects professional maturity, equivalent of at least ten years of professional practice in the field as engineers, scientists, educators, technical executives, or originators of IEEE-designated fields, and significant performance in their fields for at least five years. Each of the newly elected senior members has applied or been nominated with section and senior member support through letters of recommendation. IEEE regularly convenes a committee at one of the 10 world-wide regions to vet and approve the nominations. The 8 Eastern Idaho individuals are:


Shane Blanchard -- a wireless design engineer at On Semiconductor, who has distinguished himself in mixed signal semiconductor and CMOS design over the past 22 years. He is an inventor on multiple U.S. Patents in the industry.


Daniel Elmore -- Director of Critical Infrastructure and Resilience at the Idaho National Laboratory. He has a distinguished technical record and leadership through his Air Force and civilian career in the areas of National and Nuclear Command, Control and Communications, Critical Infrastructure Protection and Cyber Operations & Security.


Humberto Garcia -- group lead of Dynamic Systems Integration, Optimization and Resilient Controls at the Idaho National Laboratory. His career has produced many influential scholarly works in controls and prognostics and diagnostics of systems, and he is an inventor on several U.S. Patents.


Richard Grimmett -- Professor of Electrical Engineering at Brigham Young University-Idaho.  He is currently the department head for Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. He was a R&D project manager at Hewlett Packard, and then Agilent, from 1984 through 2010 with specialization in Telecommunications.


Eric Karl -- Dean of the College of Physical Sciences and Engineering at Brigham Young University-Idaho. Prior to beginning his service in academics, he was a manager and senior staff engineer at Intel Corporation from 2000-2004.


Brian Kauffmann -- a Senior Principal Engineer at ON Semiconductor, with over 32 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. He is an inventor on multiple U.S. Patents. Brian is also a dedicated volunteer to the Eastern Idaho Section, currently serving as the Section Treasurer.


Rae Nims -- a staff engineer at Idaho National Laboratory. In her 27 year career she has had responsibilities in software and firmware for systems for many flight military systems. She currently protects INL employees through her expert advice on export controls laws and regulations. She is also a dedicated IEEE volunteer, currently serving as Chair of the Eastern Idaho Section.


Timothy Roney -- a long time scientist and engineer and manager at the Idaho National Laboratory. At INL since 1990, Tim has distinguished himself in the field of radiographic tomography for national defense and civilian purposes with publications in the field.


The section also thanked and acknowledged a tireless volunteer for IEEE, who has recently retired as Secretary of the Eastern Idaho Section. David Koelsch started as a leader in IEEE as the Chair of the China Lake Section in California in 1985, and continuously gave of his time, energy and knowledge to IEEE. Moving to the Eastern Idaho Section in 1995, he served in roles of Vice Chair, Chair, and many years as Secretary until this year--consistently stepping up to advise and guide the section with the knowledge obtained through his experience, including reminders of the historical significance of the IEEE kite symbol. Dave provided mentorship and encouragement to all volunteers who now follow the example he has set for volunteerism and leadership.