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WTI's Bill Jameson wins prestigious IEEE Award

October 26, 2009 -- MSU News Service


Bill Jameson, a senior research scientist for the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University, was awarded the 2009 Region 6 Outstanding Leadership and Professional Service Award by the IEEE.   High-Res Available

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Bill Jameson, a senior research scientist for Montana State University's Western Transportation Institute, has been honored by the IEEE with the 2009 Region 6 Outstanding Leadership and Professional Service Award.

The IEEE is the world's largest technical professional society and is dedicated to fostering technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. It is designed to serve professionals involved in all aspects of the electrical, electronic and computing fields and related areas of science and technology that underlie modern civilization.

The Outstanding Leadership and Professional Service Award recognizes IEEE members who, through their professional and technical abilities, have made outstanding and noteworthy contributions to the Institute, their communities, fellow professionals and fellow man.

Mitchell Hobish, IEEE Montana Section Chair, presented the award to Jameson at the Section meeting on Oct. 21.

As chair of the Montana Section of the IEEE, Hobish has worked with many people of the highest caliber. Attendance at recent IEEE leadership meetings in Region 6, which covers Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, has demonstrated to him the incredible range of skills and talents available in the region.

"Considering that this region includes the home of Silicon Valley, you can imagine that the competition for this award was fierce," said Dr. Hobish. "And yet, the region awards committee reached out to our small Montana Section and bestowed this award on Bill Jameson for an engineering career that includes excellence in education, research and service to the professional and general communities. He is truly an inspiration to us all and this award is terrific recognition for his many activities."

Jameson's engineering career spans six decades encompassing military, private sector, public sector, education and research and development experience. His occupational experience ranges from nuclear research officer for the United States Air Force, a chemical physicist for Lockheed Missiles and Space Co., director of telecommunications for the state of Michigan, and a professor of applied mathematics and computer science, telecommunications and electrical engineering for three major universities. He has published peer-reviewed articles and is a contributing author to a widely used communications systems text.

Jameson provided consulting services to WTI for several years before joining the staff as a senior research scientist specializing in the development of telecommunications systems for transportation applications.

Doug Galarus, program manager for the Systems Engineering, Development and Integration Program at WTI has worked closely with Jameson for the last six years.

"Bill is one of the first people I met when I moved to Bozeman. He has been a great help to me and an inspiration to staff, students and colleagues here at WTI and MSU in general," said Galarus. "He continues to be a top-notch researcher, educator and professional. I can think of no one more deserving of this honor than Bill, as recognized for a distinguished professional career and endless service to his community and society."

An active member of IEEE since 1963, Jameson was unaware of the nomination until he was notified last August of the IEEE's 2009 selection. "This is a tremendous honor," said Jameson. "I sincerely appreciate and am humbled by my colleagues' nomination of me."

Doug Galarus, WTI Program Manager for the Systems Engineering, Development and Integration Program at (406) 994-5628 or dgalarus@oce.montana.edu; or Dana May, WTI Communications (406) 994-6361 or Dana.may@coe.montana.edu