Elevated to IEEE Fellow

I have been elevated to Fellow of the IEEE, effective January 1, 2024.

Niklas Elmqvist


November 23, 2023

I still have a certain sense of disbelief in announcing that I have just been elevated to the rank of Fellow of the IEEE in the 2024 class (effective January 1, 2024). From the IEEE website:

The IEEE is the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and with more than 423,000 members around the world, it is the largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. The Fellow rank is the highest professional member grade in the IEEE, and is a distinction reserved for extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. Less than 0.1% of voting members are selected annually for this member grade elevation.

Looking at this list of my fellow Fellows (as it were) it seems that I am the only University of Maryland and Aarhus University faculty member on the list. I am also the only person from Denmark on the list for 2024. In fact, there are only 9 other Fellows from Denmark in the Fellows directory.

I have been a member of the IEEE for 19 years; first as a Student Member from 2004 until I graduated with my Ph.D. in 2006, and then as a Professional Member. I was elevated to Senior Member in 2014 after 10 years in the profession. I received the official email that I had been elevated to Fellow from the IEEE President, Saifur Rahman, earlier this week with the following citation:

for contributions to mobile, ubiquitous, and immersive technologies for data visualization.

To say that this is something of a life achievement and bucket list item for me is putting it lightly. I am awed by the support from my peers and mentors in this field, and I am eager to continue to making my mark on the community and to help support my younger colleagues in their endeavors. Thank you all.