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Donald W. McLellan Meritorious Service Award 2006 - Alexander D. Gelman

"For envisioning and prominently positioning the Society in its worldwide relations and in standard development activities, and for fostering the Society presence in consumer communications."

Alexander D. Gelman (ME, PhD, Electrical Engineering, City University of New York) is Chief Scientist at Panasonic Princeton Research Laboratory managing research programs in consumer communications and networking.  From 1984-1998, he was with Bellcore, as Director, Residential Internet Access Architectures Research.  Alex pioneered the DSLAM/Router architecture for DSL-based Broadband Access, served as advisor for Bell Atlantic on the ADSL trial, and architected Telia's DSL Multimedia and Internet Access trial.  He has numerous publications and holds some of the earliest DSL system patents (e.g., on xDSL-based Access Router). 

Alex organized ComSoc conferences and workshops, and served in various editorial roles in IEEE Communications Magazine, JSAC, and JCN.  Alex has served on the inaugural Steering Committees for IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, and the ICME.  He initiated the IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking Conferences, ComSoc’s Power Line Communications technical activities, the creation of ComSoc’s Standards Board, and the sponsorship of standardization in the areas of PLC and cognitive radio.  Alex served as Chair of the Multimedia Technical Committee, VP-Society Relations, and VP-Membership Development.  He currently serves on the Board of Governors of IEEE Standards Association, on the IEEE Transnational Committee, and as ComSoc’s Director of Standards.