IN THE LAST WINTER ISSUE OF ELECTRONICS COOLING, our friend and colleague Bob Simons used his editorial column to inform us that he was resigning his position as an associate technical editor and this issue will be his last. The title of Bob’s editorial was “Looking Back” so it seems fitting to include the term forward in the title of this editorial and to use this space to both thank Bob and introduce our newest associate technical editor.
Most of us like to have a measurement of how we are progressing or at least some relevant data that we hope relates to value. Most managers will try and have some metrics that they use as indicators of success and trends. Most good managers realize that if they start overly emphasizing the measurement, they may get a desired value, but not necessarily the desired result. It can be difficult to assign a precise value to the different measures of success. In case you are wondering how this relates to Bob and our newest technical editor, my belief is that there is value in both the measured accomplishments (number of papers, etc.) as well as the subjective opinion.
Bob Simons has influenced the field of electronics thermal management for the past 45 years and for the past 11 years, specifically Electronics Cooling. When I started to write this editorial, I remembered that a brand-new co-worker attended a Semi-Therm short course taught by Bob in 2001. I went by his desk and he still had the notes to the class that are still relevant today. Bob’s past mentoring contributed to currently valuable thermal engineers. It has been my pleasure to work with Bob and have respect for his engineering and thorough editing expertise. Bob, we are grateful and wish you the best.
Now to look forward. We are pleased to welcome another great mind and thermal expert as an associate technical editor: Madhusudan Iyengar of IBM. Madhu (as he is known to his friends and associates) has been a contributing author to Electronics Cooling in the past and I am sure many of you are aware of his accomplishments and reputation. The words on this page are mostly at the discretion of the editor in charge of the particular issue, but I do have objectives, namely that you keep reading and for this column to be one page. From a limited-length standpoint, a full description of Madhu’s accomplishments in the field of electronics cooling is impossible. However, here are some of his highlights. Madhu is currently a Senior Engineer with the Advanced Thermal Lab, System & Technology Group of IBM, where he works on advanced thermal design and energy-efficient concepts for servers and data centers. Prior to joining IBM, Madhu conducted post doctoral research at the Cooling Technologies Research Center at Purdue University, emphasizing design for manufacturability related to high performance heat sinks. Madhu’s Ph.D. is from the University of Minnesota and his research focused on efficient air cooling.
In the subjective category, Madhu comes with the full endorsement of his fellow associate technical editors and we are proud to have him as part of the team. We welcome Madhu’s perspective and look forward to him putting his personal touch on Electronics Cooling.
So, a fond farewell to Bob and a warm welcome to Madhu.