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UT Arlington Nanofab director named IEEE fellow

Friday, December 9, 2011

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Zeynep Celik-Butler, director of the UT Arlington Nanotechnology Research and Teaching Facility and a professor of electrical engineering, has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 

Celik-Butler was honored for her contributions to the understanding of noise and fluctuation phenomena in solid-state devices. The unwanted variations can cause instability in the transmitted signal from one nanoelectronic device to another, such as the memory and processing devices inside computers or cell phones.

“I’m humbled by being named an IEEE Fellow,” Celik-Butler said. “What’s especially gratifying about the award is that you are selected and evaluated by your peers. That’s the highest praise in our field.”

IEEE confers the grade of Fellow upon those with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of 1 percent of the total voting membership. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement. A total of 321 individuals have been elevated to IEEE Fellow in 2011. Only 10 are from Texas.

“Dr. Celik-Butler’s work in this area is unparalleled,” said Ron Elsenbaumer, provost and vice president of academic affairs for The University of Texas at Arlington. “Her findings have been used by other researchers and industry in the field of nanoelectronics.”

Jean-Pierre Bardet, UT Arlington College of Engineering dean, said Celik-Butler’s work fuels the university’s work in the top ranks of research institutions.

“Her work is integral to what UT Arlington is all about,” Bardet said. “That kind of research feeds on itself. It can act as a platform for other projects that touch other industry sectors.”

Besides the noise and fluctuation research, Celik-Butler also has made contributions in microelectromechanical systems, developing “smart skin,” which is an array of different kinds of sensors integrated onto a bendable backbone for aerospace, defense and medical applications.

Celik-Butler’s work is representative of the groundbreaking research taking place at The University of Texas at Arlington, a comprehensive research institution of 33,439 students in the heart of North Texas. Visit to learn more.

The IEEE is the world’s leading professional association for advancing technology for humanity. Through its 385,000 members in 160 countries, the association is a leading authority on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics.  The IEEE publishes 30 percent of the world’s literature in the electrical and electronics engineering and computer science fields, and has developed more than 900 active industry standards. The association also sponsors or co-sponsors nearly 400 international technical conferences each year.  Visit to find out more about the organization or about the Fellows.


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