Amarnath Raja, founder of IEEE SIight, has died at the age of 65

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Amarnath Raja

Founder of the IEEE Special Interest Group on Human Technologies

senior members, 65; Died on September 5

Raja founded the IEEE Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SITE) in 2011. The global network partners with underdeveloped communities and local organizations to leverage technology for sustainable development.


He started his career as a Management Trainee at the National Dairy Development Board in Anand, India in 1980. A year later he joined MILMA, the state government’s marketing cooperative for the dairy industry in Thiruvananthapuram, as the manager of planning and arrangements. After 15 years with Milma, he joined IBM as manager of technology services in Tokyo.

In 2000 he helped found InApp, a company in Palo Alto, California, that provides software development services. He served as its CEO and Executive Chairman till his death.

King was the 2011-2012 IEEE Humanities Activities Committee Chair. He wanted to find a way to bring engineers together to apply their skills to develop sustainable solutions that help their local communities. To achieve this goal, he founded IEEE SIGHT in 2011. Today there are more than 150 SIGHT groups in 50 countries working on projects such as sustainable irrigation and photovoltaic systems.

For his efforts, he is a member of the IEEE and the 2015 Larry K. from Geographical Activities. Wilson received the Transnational Award. The award honors effective efforts to meet one or more MGA goals and strategic objectives related to transnational activities.

For the past two years, Rajah has chaired the IEEE Admissions and Advancement Review Panel, which approves applications for new members and promotes them to higher membership grades.

He was a member of the Advisory Board of the International Center for Free and Open Source Software. The organization was established by the Government of Kerala, India to facilitate the development and distribution of free, open-source software. King also served on the board of directors of Bedrock, an IT staffing and support company in Nashville.

He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.

Don S. Terry

Software Engineer

life members, 74; Died on September 14

Terry was a computer engineer at Hewlett-Packard in Fort Collins, Colo., for 18 years.

He joined HP in 1978 as a software developer and chaired the Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX) Working Group. POSIX is a family of standards specified by the IEEE Computer Society to maintain compatibility between operating systems While there, he also developed software for the Motorola 68000 microprocessor.

Terry left HP in 1997 to join Software Solutions, also in Fort Collins, where he developed tools for Interix, a Unix subsystem of the Windows NT operating system. After Microsoft acquired the software in 1999, he remained in the Seattle location as a senior software development engineer. There he worked on static analysis, a method of computer-program debugging that involves examining the code without actually executing the program. He also helped create SAL, a Microsoft source-code annotation language, designed to make code design easier to understand and analyze.

Terry retired in 2014. According to his daughter Christine, he loved science fiction, boating, cooking and spending time with his family.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1970 and a Ph.D. in computer science in 1978, both from the University of Washington in Seattle.

William Sandham

Signal Processing Engineer

Life Senior Members, 70; Died on August 25

Sandham has applied his signal processing expertise to a variety of disciplines, including medical imaging, biomedical data analysis, and geophysics.

He began his career as a physicist at the University of Glasgow in 1974. While working there, he completed his Ph.D. He received his degree in Geophysics in 1981 from the University of Birmingham, England. He then joined the British National Oil Corporation (now Britoil) as a geophysicist.

In 1986 he moved to Glasgow to join the University of Strathclyde as a lecturer in the Signal Processing Department. While at the university, he published more than 200 journal papers and five books that addressed blood glucose measurement, electrocardiography data analysis and compression, medical ultrasound, MRI segmentation, prosthetic limb fitting, and sleep apnea detection.

Sandham left the university in 2003 and founded a signal processing consultancy and research business called Scottsig, also in Glasgow.

He serves on its editorial board i amEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II: Analog and Digital Signal Processing And EURASIP Journal on Signal Processing Advances.

He was a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a member of the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

Sandham graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.

Stephen M. Brustowski

Loss-Prevention Engineer

life members, 69; Died on January 6

For 40 years, Brustowski worked as a loss-prevention engineer for insurance company FM Global. He retired in 2014 from the company headquartered in Johnston, RI.

He was an elder at his church, Crosspoint Alliance, in Akron, Ohio, where he oversaw administrative work and led Bible studies and prayer meetings. He was an assistant scoutmaster for 12 years and enjoyed hiking and traveling the world with his family, according to his wife, Sharon.

Brustowski graduated from the University of Akron in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.

Harry Leto

President and CEO of Essex Corporation

Life Senior Member, 96; Died on 7 May 2020

As president and CEO of Essex Corporation in Columbia, Mo., Leto managed the development and commercialization of optoelectronic and signal processing solutions for defense, intelligence and commercial customers. He retired in 1995.

He served as an aeronautical engineer in the US Army in World War II. After his discharge, he earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, then a master’s degree and PhD, all from the University of Florida in Gainesville in 1949, 1951, and 1952.

After he graduated, he became a postdoctoral assistant at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He went on to become a researcher at Raytheon Technologies, an aerospace and defense manufacturer based in Wayland, Mass.

Lett was also a member of the American Physical Society and the Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi honor societies.