Leburton named IEEE Distinguished Lecturer
ECE Professor Jean-Pierre Leburton, the Gregory E. Stillman Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was selected to serve as an IEEE Nanotechnology Council Distinguished Lecturer through the end of 2011.
“Every year the Nanotechnology Council selects among the nanotech community a certain number of scientists who have international scientific recognition,” said Leburton. “I was very positively surprised when I got the news.”
As part of his responsibilities as a Distinguished Lecturer, Leburton is expected to give at least two lectures per year at Nanotechnology Council chapter meetings, or at chapter meetings of other IEEE societies. Lectures can be on almost any subject, though currently Leburton’s research focuses on carbon-based structures for high frequency response devices. His current work also addresses the interface between nanoelectronics and biology for the manipulation and sensing of biomolecules. He is also interested in conventional electronic and photonic device modeling.
The Distinguished Lecturer position is typically awarded to researchers with high international profile, as chapters of the Nanotechnology Council exist around the world from Europe to South Africa and Asia. Leburton, who is originally from southern Belgium, was actually in India when he was selected.
He has not yet decided where he will deliver his lectures, but he is planning to visit South Korea in August, and would like to give at least one lecture in the Midwest this year.
“I have been interested in nanotechnology from the theoretical side for a long time, even when it was not fashionable, more than twenty years ago. And when the Council was created 10 years ago, I was pleased to join because I felt it was something that was lacking within IEEE,” said Leburton. “It’s great to be recognized by that same council.”