Faculty member garners engineering award

March 16, 2009

The high regard for the talents and accomplishments of Penn State Harrisburg’s electrical engineering faculty members have resulted in yet another award from the Central Pennsylvania Engineers Week Council.

Professor of Electrical Engineering Aldo Morales has just become the third faculty member in five years to earn the coveted Technical Achievement Award presented by the Council in recognition of commitment to students, community outreach and research accomplishments.

The council is comprised of member organizations located in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Northumberland, Perry and York counties, which coordinate the celebration of Engineers Week annually in the greater Harrisburg metropolitan area.

Morales follows Instructor in Electrical Engineering A.B. Shafaye, who earned the same honor in 2008, and Director of the School of Science, Engineering and Technology Omid Ansary, who was named the award winner in 2005.

“I am very humbled and happy to receive the award,” Morales said. “I must thank Penn State for encouraging and supporting faculty research and outreach to the community.”

Nominated for the honor by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Morales has been an active volunteer with the Susquehanna Section of IEEE since his arrival at Penn State Harrisburg in 2001. “My aim is to keep the institute moving forward,” he said. “A number of us here at Penn State Harrisburg helped revive the volunteer base of the organization, which greatly benefits both professionals in the field and our students.”

A strong advocate of volunteerism and professional activities, Morales is a senior member of IEEE, having served in a number of capacities including Susquehanna Section chair, vice chair, program chair and secretary. He is currently in charge of educational activities.

Among his extensive outreach initiatives is the Center for Signal Integrity at Penn State Harrisburg, created to align the college’s cutting-edge research with area connector companies, integrate signal integrity into the electrical engineering curriculum, develop education courses for the local workforce, and aid in the development of marketable products. Co-director of the center, Morales reported, “Things are going nicely with the center. Several connector companies are on board and several others are moving toward partnership.”

With research interests that include signal integrity, digital image processing and computer vision, Morales has earned numerous awards for his work. He was honored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) with the best paper award at the International Asia Pacific Conference on Circuits and Systems and the best poster paper award at the IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics. He has been presented the University’s Engineering Society Outstanding Teaching Award and Penn State DuBois’ Educator of the Year Award.

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