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Donald W. McLellan Meritorious Service Award 2009 - Nim K. Cheung

"For sustained service and outstanding leadership in enhancing Communications Society operations and visibility."

Nim Cheung is a Telcordia Fellow and executive consultant for Telcordia Technologies. He received his B.Sc. from the University of Hong Kong and Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology. During the past 30 years he held different research and management positions at AT&T Bell Labs, Bellcore and Telcordia in optical and high-speed networking and network management. He conceived and helped create many gigabit and optical networking testbeds sponsored by the U.S. Government. As Telcordia's Vice President of Applied Research Government Program, he achieved double-digit growth rates for the program over his tenure. In 2008 Nim became CEO of Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Ltd. ASTRI is a research organization created by the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to perform applied research and development in communication and information technology in order to enhance the competitiveness of local industries.

Nim is an IEEE Fellow and Bellcore Award of Excellence recipient. He has held numerous leadership positions in ComSoc: President (2006-07), Vice President of Technical Activities (1996-97), Strategic Planning Committee Chair (1998-99), Nomination & Election Committee (1998-2000), Fellow Evaluation Committee (2002-04), Fiftieth Anniversary Advisory Board (1998-99), Director of Related Societies (2000-01), Emerging Technologies Committee Chair (2002-03), and Distinguished Lecturer (1998-03). He has served in different editorial positions, and organized numerous conferences and workshops. He is currently IEEE Division III Director-Elect and Chair of the Communications Society Nominations & Elections Committee.