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Harold Sobol Award for Exemplary Service to Meetings & Conferences 2009 - Heinrich Stüttgen

"For founding and sustained leadership of the GLOBECOM/ICC Technical Content Committee (GITC) and its redesign of the technical structure of our flagship conferences."

Heinrich Stüttgen was a Fulbright scholar at the State University of New York at Buffalo (NY) from where he holds a Master of Science degree (1979). He obtained Diploma (1979) and Doctor of Science (1985) degrees in computer science from the University of Dortmund.

In 1985 he joined the IBM Research and Development Laboratory in Germany, developing one of the first mainframe UNIX systems. In 1987 he moved to IBM’s European Networking Center at Heidelberg, where he researched protocols for high-speed networks and multimedia communications. In 1991 he was appointed manager of ENC's Broadband Multimedia Communication Department. In this function he was responsible for various research, development, marketing and services projects.

In July 1997 Heinrich joined NEC Europe Ltd. as founding manager of NEC’s Network Laboratories in Heidelberg. The mission of the laboratories being research and advanced development in Multimedia and Mobile Internet communications. Since June 2007 he is Vice President of NEC Laboratories Europe, responsible for NEC’s network and IT related R&D activities in Europe.

Heinrich has widely published in various scientific conferences, journals and books.  He was a guest lecturer at Mannheim University in Computer Networks and has been project auditor and proposal evaluator for the European Commission in the ITC area.

Heinrich is a senior member of IEEE and member of IEEE’s Communications and Computer Societies.   From 2004 to 2006 he served as a Member-at-Large of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Communications Society. He was chair of ComSoc's Technical Committee on Communications Switching & Routing (2004 – 2005) and has been chair of ComSoc’s IEEE GLOBECOM and ICC Technical Strategy Committee (GITC) since 2005. He is a technical editor for IEEE Communications Magazine. From 1998 to 2009 he served as vice-chair of the German Information Technology Society’s special interest group on communications and distributed systems (GI/ITG KuVS).

Heinrich was general chair of the IEEE High Performance Switching & Routing conference in Heidelberg in June 2000 and European Co-Chair of IEEE HPSR (2001 to 2004). He also was co-chair of the Global Services Symposium of IEEE ICC 2003, 2005 and 2006.  In 2009 he acted as Technical Program Vice-Chair of IEEE ICC 2009 in Dresden, one of the most successful ICC’s ever.