Research Sponsorships

ECE receives support from many sources: sponsored research grants resulting from proposals submitted by individual faculty members or teams, unrestricted industrial gifts and grants, designated fellowships from agencies and foundations, and endowed faculty chairs. The continued support of these sponsors allows the department to fulfill its mission of higher education, as well as independent research activities. Their support and assistance are gratefully acknowledged.

Endowed chairs

George Westinghouse Professorship in Electrical Engineering

Established: 1937

Past recipients:

  • Douglas F. Miner
  • Gaylord Penney (1947)

Current Recipient: David Casasent (1980)

The Westinghouse chair grew out of the Westinghouse Scholars Program established in 1937. Students spent their first three years at Tech, and their summers and senior year at Westinghouse. The first recipient, a former Westinghouse employee, was expected to earn the funds by managing the Scholars program.

The Buhl Professorship in Electrical Engineering

Established: 1942

Past Recipients:

  • Benjamin Richard Teare
  • Leo Finzi
  • Arthur G. Milnes

Current Recipient: Daniel P. Siewiorek (1994)

The first Buhl Professor of Electrical Engineering was Benjamin Richard Teare, EE's third department head. The endowment that established the chair followed a $50,000 grant from the Buhl Foundation in 1939 to recruit Teare to develop a graduate program in the department.

U.A. and Helen Whitaker Professorship in Electrical Engineering

Established: 1972

Past Recipients:

  • Angel G. Jordan
  • Stephen W. Director (1980)

Current Recipient: Wojciech Maly (1997)

This is Carnegie Mellon's first chair be to endowed by an alumnus. Uncas A. Whitaker (EE '29), his wife Helen, and their daughter, Ruth Whitaker Holmes, all served as university trustees. A second chair in Computer Science was also funded by the couple. Whitaker was the founder of AMP Incorporated, one of the leading producers of electrical and electronics connection devices.

The Howard M. Wilkoff Professorship in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Established: 1990

First Recipient: Ronald A. Rohrer

Current Recipient: Gary K. Fedder (2006)

Howard M. Wilkoff (EE '30) was the founder of the New England Tape Company which manufactured a range of innovative products for electronics, medical safety, automotive and aircraft industries.

Thomas Lord Professorship in Engineering

Established: 1996

First and Current Recipient: M. Granger Morgan

Several Lord Professorships were made possible by a generous gift from Thomas Lord, a friend of the university.

Stephen J. Jatras (E '47) Professorship in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Established: 1997

First Recipient: Mark H. Kryder

Current Recipient: Rob A. Rutenbar (2001)

Stephen J. Jatras (EE '47) was retired chairman of theTelex Corporation. He was a Life Trustee of Carnegie Mellon, having served on the Board of Trustees since 1976, and co-chaired the ECE Advisory Board from its inception in 1992. The recipient of several alumni awards and a number of humanitarian awards for charitable work, Jatras died in January 2000.

Joseph F. and Nancy Keithley Professorship in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Established: 1997

First Recipient: Angel G. Jordan

Current Recipient: Andrzej J. Strojwas (2000)

Joseph Keithley earned a B.S. (1937) and an M.S. (1938) in Electrical Engineering from MIT. In 1946 he founded Keithley Instruments, which has become a world leader in the design and manufacturer of high-precision equipment for the electronics and medical industries. A believer in investing in the future of technology by fostering relationships between academia and industry, Keithley was a longtime friend of the ECE Department at Carnegie Mellon.

Philip (E '63) and Marsha Dowd Professorship in Engineering

Established: 1998

First and Current Recipient: Pradeep K. Khosla

The Dowd Professorship is made possible by an endowment from Philip L. Dowd (Metallurgy, 1963). Dowd built his career with SunGard Data Systems, a giant in the financial services software industry. He is retired from his position as corporate senior vice president of the company. Dowd has served as a trustee of the university since 1995.

STMicroelectronics Professorship in Engineering

Established: 2000

First and Current Recipient: L. Richard Carley

The STMicroelectronics chair was made possible by a gift from STMicroelectronics, Geneva, Switzerland, one of the largest semiconductor companies in the world.

Drew D. Perkins (E '86) Professorship in Advanced Networking and Communications

Established: 2003

First and Current Recipient: Hyong Kim

Drew Perkins is currently CTO at Infinera Corporation, a company he co-founded in 2001. He has had 20 years of industry involvement including serving as principal architect at FORE Systems where he developed numerous TCP/IP, ATM, Ethernet hardware and software products and protocols. He is perhaps best known as the inventor of the PPP Protocol (Point-to-point Protocol) which continues to be the standard that is used to link the Internet together.

ABB Professorship in Engineering

Established: 2003

First and Current Recipient: Jian-Gang (Jimmy) Zhu

This professorship was endowed by ABB, a global company that is a leader in power and automation technologies that enables utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries.

Tanoto Professorship in Engineering

Established: 2003

First and Current Recipient: Larry Pileggi

The Tanoto Professorship was established by Sukanto Tanoto, an Indonesian businessman and entrepreneur and friend of the university. Tanoto has created several modern industries in Indonesia including plywood and pulp, and has interests in palm oil refining, engineering and construction and energy projects such as power plants.