Jerome J. Suran
Jerome J. Suran, IEEE President, 1979, worked for the General Electric Company for over thirty years. He also taught in the Graduate School of Management and the Department of Electrical Engineering.
Jerome Suran began his engineering education at Queens College in New York City. In 1943, he was recruited into an Army specialized training program which brought him to Syracuse University for further education. However, the program was dismantled and he left Syracuse University. After serving in World War II, Suran completed his BSEE degree at Columbia University. In 1976, his connection with Syracuse was brought full circle when he was awarded an honorary doctorate for his work in transistor and integrated circuit technology and for the development of the G.E. implantable cardiac pacemaker.
Educational efforts continued to be a large part of his life story. Suran had a thirty-four year career in industry, thirty years of which were with the General Electric Company where he held several management positions. While at G.E. he promoted university-industry collaboration. Suran has also dedicated significant time to teaching. He is currently senior lecturer emeritus in the Graduate School of Management and in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of California, Davis. He has won several awards for his work in education. Suran has also founded a scholarship for engineering students at Syracuse.
Suran is the co-author of two books on transistor circuits , the author more than fifty papers, and the holder of nineteen patents. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a Fellow of IEEE. He was named as an Eminent Member of Eta Kappa Nu in 2003.
Suran was IEEE president in 1979.