Rui J. P. de Figueiredo, electrical engineering and computer science and mathematics research professor at UC Irvine, has been elected as a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (RANS) U.S. Section and was awarded the academy’s George V. Chilingar Medal of Honor for his important contributions to science and engineering. A UCI faculty member since 1990, de Figueiredo has been instrumental in strengthening the presence of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering’s (IEEE) Circuits and Systems Society in Russia and Eastern Europe.