Nava Elevated to IEEE Senior Member

March 15, 2019

Nava Elevated to IEEE Senior Member

Edward John Nava, Lecturer III, has been elevated to Senior Member of the IEEE. Only 10% of IEEE members are given this distinction. Senior member is the highest grade for which IEEE members can apply.

Dr. Nava is a New Mexico native who retired after a 31 year engineering career at Sandia National Laboratories. At Sandia, his activities included developing: high precision navigation systems based on real-time Kalman filters; missile guidance and control systems; and high-performance embedded computers for guidance applications. He later transitioned to analysis activities focused on understanding vulnerabilities in critical computer-based systems.

Nava retired as a Senior Manager from Sandia in 2010. While at Sandia, he also joined the US Navy as a reserve Engineering Duty Officer. As part of his reserve activities, he helped form the Afloat University, where he and other reserve personnel would train Navy IT personnel on how to securely operate their commercial technology based systems, while at sea. Later, Dr. Nava was recalled to active duty and selected to teach in the Electrical Engineering Department at the US Naval Academy. He retired from the Navy in 2008 at the rank of Commander.

As a follow on to his analysis work at Sandia, his current research has been focused on developing capabilities to enhance the protection of information in computer systems. His specific focus has been on preventing users who have been granted access to information from inadvertently or intentionally compromising the information. This research has emphasized operation in cloud computing environments.

IEEE Bylaw I-104.3 sets forth the criteria for elevation to Senior Member grade as follows:   

  • A candidate shall be an engineer, scientist, educator, technical executive or originator in IEEE-designated fields
  • Candidates shall have been in professional practice for at least ten years
  • Candidates shall have shown significant performance over a period of at least five of those years
  • In addition, candidates for Senior Member grade must supply three references from current IEEE members holding the grade of Fellow, Senior Member, or Honorary Member.

If you, or somebody knows meets these requirements, they can self-nominate, or be nominated for Senior Member grade.

For more information please contact the ECE Chair, Dr. Michael Devetsikiotis