Dr Sarah Spurgeon, from the Department of Engineering at the University of Leicester, is one of only twenty-two people in the UK and Ireland to have been given a prestigious international award.
To mark the arrival of the third millennium, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is to give 3000 medals away world-wide to honour those of its members whose contributions to the art and science of electro-and information technologies have improved the quality of daily life.
Dr Spurgeon's achievement will be marked by the awarding of an IEEE 'Third Millennium Medal.' These are to be created by world-renowned sculptor Gladys Gunzer whose work includes the 1980 Winter Olympics Medallions.
Each medal will be customised with the recipient's name and will symbolise the global nature of the IEEE with the inscription 'In Celebration of the 3rd Millennium.'
Not since the 1984 Centennial Medal has the IEEE given an Institute-wide award to honour such a select and special group of members, and commenting on her award Dr Spugeon said, 'It is particularly gratifying to be given this medal on the recommendations of one's peers.'
The IEEE is a non-profit making, technical-professional association of more than 350,000 individuals in over 150 countries. Through its members it has become a leading authority in technical areas ranging from computer engineering, biomedical technology and tele-communications, to electric power, aerospace and consumer electronics.
Dr Spurgeon is well-known for her contributions in the area of sliding mode control, a particular technology where discontinuous control signals are applied to ensure industrial systems are robust to plant variations and external disturbance signals. She is currently the Chair of the IEEE (UK and RI) Control Chapter.
She will be presented with her award later this year.
NOTE TO NEWSDESK: FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT DR SPURGEON ON (0116) 2522531.
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