St Alban’s teacher receives international award

| March 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

Don Duffield, Science teacher at St Alban’s College in Pretoria, was the recent recipient of the 2011 Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Educational Activities Board (EAB) Pre-university Educator Award for “inspiring students in South Africa and instilling in them a passion for Science and Technology”.

The IEEE is the largest professional engineering body in the world, with almost half a million members in 160 countries, and says it established the award “to recognise current pre-university classroom teachers who have inspired an appreciation and understanding of Mathematics, Science and Technology and the engineering process in students, and who have encouraged students to pursue technical careers”.

Duffield received his award in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA, in November 2011, alongside Leonard Kleinrock, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Los Angeles, upon whom was conferred Eminent Member Recognition. Kleinrock is known as ‘a father of the internet’, having developed the mathematical theory of packet networks, the technology underpinning the internet. A special recognition award went to Bernard Widrow who, in 1959, invented the LMS algorithm (least means square), still considered to be the world’s most widely used learning algorithm.

The IEEE South Africa Section was founded in 1977, and has more than 1 000 active members. Its many activities include organising conferences, technical talks, short courses and online tutorials, and providing an electronic library service to major South African universities.

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