Dan Pike, the chief technology officer of Alaska-based GCI Inc., has been made a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

IEEE grants Fellow status to people the organization's board determines to have "an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest." The total number of IEEE Fellows selected each year does not exceed one-tenth percent of the total voting membership. Pike was recognized "for leadership in the evolution of the television cable industry."

Pike, a cable engineering vet who also has also served three years as CTO of Classic Communications and 18 years with Prime Cable, joins an elite group of cable engineers to have reached IEEE Fellow status. Others with cable engineering background to obtain such status include (but may not be limited to):

2004: James Farmer (currently the CTO of Wave7Optics), for technical leadership in the cable television industry.

2002: Stephen Dukes (currently the president and CEO of Imaginary Universes Inc.), for leadership in evolving cable television architecture, technology and standards for rapidly developing digital two-way communications systems. Dukes also is a member of CED's editorial board.

2000: Henry Samueli (presently the chairman and CTO of Broadcom Corp.), for contributions to VLSI architectures and realization and for high-bit rate digital communications systems.

1993: Paul Baran (founder and former chairman of Com21 Inc.), for pioneering packet switching and other advances in the art of electronic communication.

1988: Walter Ciciora, Ph.D. (cable engineering vet, present consultant), for contributions in the development of standards for the consumer electronics and cable industry. Ciciora also writes a column every other month for CED.

1978: Archer Taylor (cable pioneer), for leadership in the development of professional engineering procedures and standards for the cable television industry.