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Robert Caverly, professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering, was named a 2013 Fellow by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers earlier this month.

A recognition of Caverly’s research in developing high speed radio frequency switching circuits for modern communication equipment, the announcement is the culmination of an extensive nine-month selection process.

 The highest honor attainable for members of the Institute, only 298 of the New York City-based organization’s more than 400,000 engineering professionals were elevated to Fellow this year.

No more than one tenth of one percent of the total membership can be awarded this significant career achievement in a given year.

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized for your work in such a fashion by one’s peers,” Caverly said.

A full-time professor, Caverly has been an engineering professional since receiving his Ph.D. from John Hopkins University in 1983. He has been a faculty member at the University since 1997.

Much of Caverly’s research and writing centers on microwave and radio frequencies and wireless communication technology.

“My research has been focused on modeling and design of high-speed, high-power switching circuits,” Caverly said.

“Modern communications equipment needs the ability to be reconfigured quickly and the switches that I have been studying and computer modeling can do this reconfiguration in less than one millionth of one second.”

The switching devices designed by Caverly could be used in high-energy systems like MRI scanners.

The IEEE (read as I-Triple-E) is the largest organization for electrical engineers in the world, with members representing 160 countries.

The not-for-profit corporation identifies its core purpose as “fostering technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity,” and describes itself as “the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.”

The Institute is funded through donations and government grants and is responsible for about one third of the world’s technical journals and magazines about electrical engineering, electronics and computer science.

The IEEE Fellow, the highest grade of membership, is recognized in the community as a tremendous testament to one’s career accomplishments and contributions to the field.

Caverly’s selection is the result of a committee process that began last spring.

“The selection process is quite rigorous,” said Caverly. “A committee in each of the many various topical areas of the IEEE meets to consider those nominated by March of each year.”

The committees, which are all made up of current Fellows, review a nominee’s work and writings, as well as references from his or her peers.

“It’s recommended that you have eight references,” Caverly said. “All of them must be IEEE Fellows.”

The committees then send a list of their selections among those nominated to the IEEE Board of Directors for review and approval at the Institute’s annual late-fall meeting.

In addition to his work at the University and with the IEEE, Caverly previously taught at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth College and as a visiting research fellow at the University of Leeds in England.

He has consulted on various projects related to microwave control technology and has published over 100 journal papers and one book, “CMOS RFIC Design Principles,” about using microchips to improve digital wireless communication devices.

Within the IEEE, Caverly serves as associate editor of IEEE Microwave Magazine. Additionally, he serves as chairperson on an IEEE committee about high-frequency technology.

For 2013, he is co-chair of the IEEE Topical Conference on power amplifiers for wireless and radio applications.

His previous microwave and microsystems projects have received multiple grants from the National Science Foundation and one from the Office of Naval Research.

In 2007, Caverly received the Fr. Farrell Service Award, voted for by students in the University’s College of Engineering. He received this award not only for his exceptional dedication to the college, but also for his demonstration of personal concern for students.

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