Alan N. Willson, Jr.


Alan N. Willson, Jr.
Alan N. Willson, Jr.
Associated organizations
University of California
Fields of study
Circuit theory
IEEE Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award


With a teaching style that inspires and excites, Alan N. Willson, Jr. has guided many students on career paths that have impacted both academia and industry. An influential professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for the past 37 years, Dr. Willson is known for his graduate course on nonlinear circuit theory based on his book Nonlinear Networks: Theory and Analysis. Dr. Willson creates excitement by supplementing fundamental material with topics from his own current research. Several students have won awards and prizes for their research in this field and in Signal Processing, in collaboration with Professor Willson. He also created and taught UCLA’s first graduate courses on digital signal processing and has been responsible for graduate student recruitment, teaching assistant training and the establishment of a graduate student orientation program at UCLA.

An IEEE Life Fellow, Dr. Willson is currently the Charles P. Reames Professor of Electrical Engineering at UCLA. He was the recipient of the 2018 IEEE Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award.