Joseph Bordogna, Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer of the National Science Foundation, has made contribu-tions to the engineering profession in a variety of areas including early laser communications systems, electro-optic recording materials, and holographic television playback systems. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society for Engineering Education, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the International Engineering Consortium.

Martha Sloan concentrates in computer networks and fault tolerance at Michigan Technological University. Prior to going to Michigan Tech, Dr. Sloan worked at the Palo Alto research laboratories of the Lockheed Missiles and Space Company in communications research, and taught at the Frankfurt International School in Oberursel, Germany. Dr. Sloan has served IEEE as a member of the Board of Directors, Past President, President, and President-Elect, Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Division V Director.

Mark J. T. Smith is a Fellow of the IEEE and has authored papers in the areas of speech and image processing, filter banks and wavelets, and object detection and recognition. Dr. Smith is past Chairman of the IEEE SP Digital Signal Processing Technical Committee and has served on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. He has served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on ASSP and as a member of the MIPs Advisory Board of the National Science Foundation. In addition to professional service, research, and teaching, Dr. Smith was the U.S. National Fencing Champion in 1981 and 1983, and a two-time member of the U.S. Olympic Team. In 1996, he was one of the final runners carrying the Olympic Torch to the Opening Ceremonies in the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Lotfi A. Zadeh is a professor in the Graduate School, Computer Science Division, Department of EECS, University of California-Berkeley. In addition, he is serving as the Director of Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing (BISC). Dr. Zadeh is an alumnus of the University of Tehran, MIT, and Columbia University. He has held visiting appointments at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, N.J.; MIT; IBM Research Laboratory, San Jose, CA; SRI International, Menlo Park, CA; and the Center for the Study of Language and Information, Stanford University. His earlier work was concerned in the main with systems analysis, decision analysis and information systems. His current research is focused on fuzzy logic, comput-ing with words and soft computing, which is a coalition of fuzzy logic, neurocomputing, evolutionary computing, probabilistic computing and parts of machine learning. The guiding principle of soft computing is that, in general, better solutions can be obtained by employing the constituent methodologies of soft computing in combination rather than in stand-alone mode. Dr. Zadeh is a Fellow of the IEEE, AAAS, ACM, and AAAI. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Foreign member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. He is a recipient of the IEEE Education medal, the Richard W. Hamming Medal, the Medal of Honor; the ASME Rufus Oldenburger Medal; the B. Bolzano Medal of the Czech Academy of Sciences; the Kampe de Feriet Medal; the AACC Richard E. Bellman Central Heritage Award; the Grigore Moisil Prize; the Honda Prize; the Okawa Prize; the AIM Information Science Award; the IEEE-SMC J.P. Wohl Career Achievement Award; the SOFT Scientific Contribution Memorial Award for the Japan Society of Fuzzy Logic; and other awards and honorary doctorates..10 10