History Committee Member introductions
Hello, my name is Nathan Brewer and I am the administrator of the ETHW. Welcome to the 2013 IEEE History Committee and to the ETHW (GHN)! This is a thread for you to introduce yourself to the IEEE History Committee and staff.
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I am the 2012-2013 chair of the History Committee and have been a member of the committee since 2010, serving two years as Treasurer. I have had a passion for history since childhood but as a consumer and not a producer. Back in my salad days, I taught a course in the history of electrical science that was a required course in our curriculum. Here is some biographical information that is probably more than you really want to know about me, but that you might find helpful.
I am Dean Emeritus of the School of Engineering at SUNY-Binghamton, retired since 2001. I served in the U.S. Navy and then attended Iowa State University. Most of my career was in academia as a faculty member at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan and as dean at SUNY-Binghamton. I have spent a number of summers in industry working for Collins Radio, Honeywell, IBM, and Northrop and have consulted extensively, primarily in higher education.
I have been active in IEEE since 1960 when I was Chair of the Iowa State AIEE-IRE Joint Student Branch. (How’s that for a little history? I predate IEEE) Much of my involvement has been through EAB but I have also been a member of TAB and what was then called PUBS and have served and continue to serve on a wide range of committees. I was VP – Education from 2000 to 2002 and have served as an IEEE representative to the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission and the ABET Board of Directors. I am a Life Fellow of IEEE and am currently a member of the Board of Directors of the IEEE Foundation.
Theodore A. Bickart
I taught and then served as Dean of Engineering at Syracuse University followed by service as Dean of Engineering at Michigan State University. I subsequently became President of the Colorado School of Mines (now President Emeritus). I earned my baccalaureate degree in electrical engineering in 1957 and my doctorate in the same discipline in 1960, both from The Johns Hopkins University. I am a fellow of the IEEE, ASEE, and ABET. During my academic career, I coauthored two books on electrical networks and was author or coauthor of more than sixty journal papers. Sixteen doctoral students completed their dissertations with me as their advisor. My research stressed the development and application of analytic techniques for the study of stability and performance of electrical networks and control systems. My teaching spanned the spectrum of courses in electrical networks and control systems and ranged into digital circuits and systems.
I am an electrical engineering, computer engineering, general engineering, and engineering physics program reviewer for the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET within the US and internationally. I have served as the ASEE representative on the EAC and its Executive Committee, chairing many review teams and editing numerous review reports. I also served as the ASEE Vice President for Public Affairs. I contributed to the work of the IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB)for many years, including service on the Board. I served on and then chaired the IEEE Committee on Engineering Accreditation Activities. Later, I chaired the IEEE Accreditation Policy Council and guided the IEEE in championing the first comprehensive changes to ABET Engineering Criteria 2000, now just Engineering Criteria. I have been honored as the recipient of the IEEE EAB 1999 Meritorious Achievement Award in Accreditation Activities and the 2006 Meritorious Service Citation. I have also been engaged in program accreditation reviews, as reviewer and team chair, for the Commission for Academic Accreditation in the United Arab Emirates. I have been a consultant to institutions in and outside the US to help programs prepare for accreditation. These activities have taken place in many countries, including Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Pakistan, Mexico, Peru, Germany, Kazakhstan, and Thailand.
Within the IEEE, I chaired the Ethics and Member Conduct Committee. Subsequently, I proposed the concept of IEEE Technical Tours and then organized the inaugural IEEE Technical Tour of the Panama Canal during my service on the IEEE Life Member Committee. I organized and co-chaired the IEEE Standards Education Task Force which became the IEEE Standards Education Committee, a standing committee of the IEEE Educational Activities Board and the IEEE Standards Association. I am currently the History Committee Chair in Region 5 of the IEEE and I served as a corresponding member of the IEEE History Committee in 2012 and am the IEEE Corporate Integrity Contact Person.
My career included periods at the University of California in Berkeley as a visiting scholar, at the Kiev Polytechnic Institute in the USSR as a Fulbright Scholar, and at the Nanjing Institute of Technology in the PRC as a visiting faculty member. In 1992, I was awarded a diploma of Honorary Professor of the Taganrog Radio Engineering Institute in Russia. In 1993, I was elected an Academician of both the International Higher Education Academy of Sciences in Russia and the International Academy of Informatics in Russia. In 1996, I was elected to membership in the Ukrainian Academy of Engineering Sciences.
At each of the universities I served as an academic administrator, I was active in establishing international experiences for the engineering students.
Dr. Irving Engelson, IEEE LF, serves as 2013 History Committee Treasurer. He received his BS (EE) (Polytechnic Institute, Brooklyn), MS (Rutgers University), and Ph.D.(EE) (Worcester Polytechnic Institute). He was elected a full member of Sigma Xi and the New York Academy of Science; also to Tau Beta Pi. Irv was an NSF Faculty Research Fellow at the Princeton Neuropsychiatric Institute. He has organizational experience, including executive positions in industry with RCA, and in academe, including full university Professor and Engineering Dean; He was IEEE Managing Director of Corporate and Technical Activities. One of his mentors in RCA was Dr. Alfred N. Goldsmith, who was a founder of the IRE. Irv served on the IEEE Board of Directors both as Division and Regional Director and as IEEE Parliamentarian, as well as an officer of several S/Cs, including President..
Dr. Engelson has lectured on six continents; and has given testimony on international technology transfer to an US Congressional Committee, which was reported in the Congressional Record. He speaks seven languages and served as a linguist while on active duty with the US Army; Member, State of New Jersey Higher Education Master Planning Committee; and Member, Omaha Nebraska Chamber of Commerce Free Enterprise Task Force. He also held positions in AAAS, ASEE, and the Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) Board of Directors. Engelson is the second non-Russian to be named an Honorary Member of the Russia Popov Society, which is the highest honor it can bestow. HKN honored him for "exemplary leadership,” IEEE-TAB for “innovative leadership,” and the IEEE Board of Directors for “management leadership.” The Engineering Management Society named him “Engineering Manager of the Year” and the Computer Society Board of Governors recognized him for “Grateful Service to Societies.” Engelson is the recipient of the 2006 Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society, Outstanding Contribution Award.
David G. Michelson
I'm a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. From 1994 to 1996, I was postdoctoral research fellow in the MDA/NSERC Radar Remote Sensing Group at UBC. From 1996 to 2001, I served as a member of a joint team from AT&T Wireless Services, Redmond, WA, and AT&T Labs-Research, Red Bank, NJ, where I contributed to the development of propagation and channel models for next-generation and fixed wireless systems. From 2001 to 2002, I helped to oversee the deployment of one of the world’s largest campus wireless local area networks at UBC. Since 2003, I have led the Radio Science Laboratory at UBC, where my research interests include propagation and channel modeling for fixed wireless, industrial/agricultural, smart grid and satellite communications and low profile antenna design. I see my main task as helping business manage the risks associated with deploying wireless links in extreme environments or in very large numbers in unfamiliar environments.
I currently serve on the Board of Directors of Wavefront, Canada's National Centre of Excellence for the Commercialization of Wireless Technology. In addition to my role as a member of the IEEE History Committee, I serve as Chair of IEEE Canada’s Industry Relations Committee, a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (and Editor of the IEEE Press Series on Vehicular Technology), Member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Communications Society (and Director of Education), and Member of the IEEE Canadian Foundation. I am a past Chair of IEEE Vancouver Section.
My interest in the history of technology and understanding why things are the way they are today is longstanding. I weave the history of technology into my lectures because it helps to put the math and physics into perspective and because I believe that the best way to anticipate the future is to understand the past. I served as nominator for three recent IEEE Milestones: 1) First 500 MeV proton beam from the TRIUMF cyclotron, 1974. (TRUMF, Vancouver), 2) First television broadcast in Western Canada, 1953. (CBUT, Vancouver), 3) First radio astronomical observations using VLBI, 1967. (Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory, Penticton). All were dedicated in 2010. Some of my favourite popular authors on the history of science and technology include Richard Rhodes (The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Red Sun), Abraham Pais (Subtle is the Lord: The Science and the Life of Albert Einstein, Inward Bound: Of Matter and Forces in the Physical World) and Paul Nahin (The Science of Radio, The Logician and the Engineer). Salsburg's The Lady Tasting Tea: How Statistics Revolutionized Science in the Twentieth Century fundamentally changed my appreciation for statistics through its fascinating historical narrative although I wish that the book had a few equations.
David E. Burger
Antonio Perez Yuste
He received his B.Eng. in Radiocommunications (1991), M.Eng. in Telecommunications (1996) and Ph.D. (cum laude) in Telecommunications (2004), all from the Technical University of Madrid (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, UPM), Spain.
In 1991, Prof. Perez Yuste joined the Department of Communications and Audio & Video Engineering at Technical University of Madrid as an Assistant Professor, where he carried out research on Digital Communication Systems. In 1995 he changed his position to Associate Professor, being involved with Numerical Methods Applied to Electromagnetic Field problems. In 2008, he was finally promoted to Professor in the same university. Currently, his research interests are related to the History of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, with special emphasis in the History of Telecommunications, and the development of the Information Society.
He has held different academic positions at Technical University of Madrid: he was vice Director of the Technical University of Madrid’s School of Telecommunications from 1997 to 2001, Director of that School from 2001 to 2004, and Head of the Technical University of Madrid President’s Cabinet from 2004 to 2012.
He received the ‘INISEL Award’ to the best Bachelor Thesis, in 1991, and was distinguished with the ‘Faculty Collaboration Award’ from the ‘Escuela Universitaria de Ingenieria Técnica de Telecomunicacion, EUITT’, in 1996. He also received the ‘Technical University of Madrid Medal’ in 2004 for his outstanding work as a Faculty Director, and the ‘Technical University of Madrid Prize to Innovation in Education’, in 2009, for his best education practices carried out in the past five years.
At present, he is an IEEE Senior Member, Member of IEEE History Committee, Member of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), appointed Member of the SHOT International Outreach Committee, IEEE Milestone Coordinator for Regions 8-10, and member of the IEEE Spain Section Executive Committee.
Hirohisa Kawamoto (Life Fellow, Centennial Medal, Third Millennium Medal)
Dr. Kawamoto was the founding Chair of Steering Committee of the IEEE Journal of Display Technology in 2005. He has a keen interest in liquid-crystal technology and its history, and has written “The History of Liquid-Crystal Displays,” to the IEEE Proceedings. He has an interest also in the semiconductor technology and its history
He is an Advisor for PRYSM, Inc. San Jose, which develops and markets video wall displays. He is Professor Emeritus of Nara Institute of Science and Technology in Japan, and a Member of Board of Directors of Plant High-Technology Institute, a spin-off from the Institute. He was with Panasonic, UC Berkeley Teaching Staffs, RCA David Sarnoff Research Center, Sony America, and Sharp as a Vice President. He served IEEE as the Chairman of Princeton Section and the Conference Chairman of International Conference on Consumer Electronics, and was a Member of the Editorial Board of the IEEE Proceedings, the Nishizawa Medal Committee, and the Publication Services and Products Board.
He received the B.S. degree from Kyoto University and the Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Gilmore G Cooke, PE, Senior Life Member, Boston Section, Chair of the History and Milestones Committee
I received the Bachelor of Engineering degree in electrical engineering from McGill University, Montreal in 1962. My first job after graduation was with E.I. Dupont as instrumentation and process controls engineer. I joined Bechtel’s Industrial and Power Divisions from 1964 to 1978. Responsibilities included engineering, construction, and startup services for electric utilities around the country. I then relocated to Framingham Massachusetts near Boston, where I continued working as project electrical engineer on large transportation, chemical, water, and manufacturing projects. I retired in 2001 after a successful career in electrical engineering. I've maintained my registration as Professional Engineer in Massachusetts and California.
I first volunteered for the Power Engineering Society (PES) while residing in Michigan during the 1970s. I was elected chair and director of the Detroit Chapter in 1976-78. My interests in the PES continued in the 1980s when I moved to Boston. I was soon appointed chair of the Industry Application Society’s History Committee. I participated in the publicity and early development of Boston’s highly successful Annual Conferences on Technologies for Homeland Security. In 2004, I was appointed to the IEEE Center of History Committee. This appointment was renewed in 2005 and 2006. As chair of the IEEE Boston Section History and Milestone Committee, I lead the research, nomination and helped organize IEEE Milestones awarded here beginning in 2004. In 2011, the Boston Section awarded me the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of my work.
Since my retirement, I've become increasingly interested in New England’s history of electricity. I’ve shared my research through numerous papers and articles for the IEEE and the SIA - Society for Industrial Archeology. I’ve also presented to numerous local historical societies and the Boston Public Library.
I am an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina where I supervise the museum studies track of the public history program. I regularly lead graduate seminars in material culture and museum theory and teach undergraduate surveys of modern US history, public history, and the history of science and technology. Before coming to USC, I was Curator and Winton M. Blount Research Chair at the Smithsonian Institution National Postal Museum.
My research focuses on how the general public comes to understand technology, which I investigate following two separate paths. First, I work to include STEM fields in unexpected museum settings; for example, including systems engineering in an exhibit at the Postal Museum. Second, I encourage my (very reluctant) public history students to engage with new technologies; for example, showing how hyper spectral imaging can reveal new information from artifacts. During the spring of 2013, I will be in residence at the National Museum of American History researching their engineering collections.
I received a BS in Engineering and a BA in History from Swarthmore College in 1998. I worked in technical consulting for several years before returning to graduate school. I received a PhD in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology from Johns Hopkins University in 2008. I have been an IEEE member since 1996, as well as a member of the affiliate group the Society for the Social Implications of Technology. I am also an active member of SHOT (Society for the History of Technology), where I chair the technology & museums special interest group (TEMSIG).
I had been involved in the recommendation work of IEEE Milestone from 1990s at the time of Yagi Short Wave Directional Antenna, Japan’s first Milestone to Today. Especially contributed as Secretary of JCHC (Japan Council Historical Committee, IEEE) 2004 to 2012.
I had been working long as a Research Engineer, Yokogawa Electric Process Control Instruments to 1989 and after I had been in the position of preparation of the Museum of Measurement project.
During the period I joined Smithsonian Institution in the US as a visiting scholar in 1994 and in 2004. I learned a lot about the Exhibit of Technology in the museum. I also studied History of Technology at the NMAH (National Museum of American History) of Smithsonian and got credits in History of Technology, under graduate and post graduate course 1994 at the University of Maryland, Courage Park in MA.
I studied Electronics Engineering at Shizuoka University and received the B.Eng. then Ph.D from Tamagawa University in Tokyo. I had been a lecturer at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Gakusyuin University, and Hosei University. At Present I am a Director of Society of Historical Metrology, Japan, an. IEEE Senior Member, a Member of SICE (Society of Instrument and Control Engineers) and IEEJ (Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan).
I issued books related History of Technology and Museums including, “What has Smithsonian been exhibiting”, Tamagawa Univ. Press (2003)
(translation of Exhibiting Dilemmas, Smithsonian Press)
”World of Measurement”, Tamagawa Univ. press (2000) ”Lessons from Smithsonian”, Tamagawa Univ. Press (1997) ”Birth of Smithsonian Museums”, Yushodo Press (2010) (translation of The Lost World of James Smithson Bloomsbury)
Hi, this is Mischa Schwartz. This is my second year on the History Committee this current term, having served on the committee several years in a previous term. I'm the Charles Batchelor Professor Emeritus of EE at Columbia University. a Life Fellow of the IEEE, and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering. I've been very active in the IEEE for many years, having served as an IEEE Director 1979-80 and President of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) 1984-85. Moat recently, I was the founding Chair of the ComSoc History Committee as well as being the Editor of the IEEE Communications Magazine History Column, serving in those positions for three years. I am the author of 10 books in telecommunications, computer networks, mobile wireless communications, and signal processing, as well as many papers in those fields. I have also authored a number of papers on the history of communications. I was the founding Director of the NSF-sponsored Center for Telecommunications Research at Columbia and have been the recipient of a number of awards in the fields of communications, computer networking, and engineering education. Among these are the IEEE Education Medal, the Edwin Armstrong award in communications, and the Okawa Prize for outstanding contributions and leadership in the fields of information and communication thoery, computer networks,wireless networks, and engineering education. My proudest achievement, however, is having been chosen one of the all-time 10 most outstanding EE educators during the IEEE centennial year, 1984.