ECE Alumnus to Receive IEEE Medal of Honor

 James Meindl Recognized as Microelectronics Pioneer

March 6, 2006

ECE alumnus James D. Meindl has been named the 2006 recipient of the IEEE Medal of Honor for his "pioneering contributions to microelectronics, including low power, biomedical, physical limits and on-chip interconnect networks." His many accomplishments include research into solving the key problems of the physical limits of gigascale silicon technology integration and on-chip interconnections, and his development of novel low-power integrated circuits and sensors for a portable electronic reading aid for the blind.

Meindl earned his B.S. ('55), M.S. ('56) and Ph.D. ('58) degrees in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon. He is the 1996 recipient of the Hamerschlag Award in ECE, which honors our distinguished alumni, serves on the ECE advisory board, and is the Joseph M. Petit Chair Professor of Microelectronics and Director of the Microelectronics Research Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The IEEE Medal of Honor, sponsored by the IEEE Foundation, is the IEEE's highest award. It is given "for an exceptional contribution or an extraordinary career in the IEEE fields of interest" and will be presented during the annual IEEE Honors Ceremony in Minneapolis this June. Other honors Meindl has received include: the Benjamin Garver Lamme Medal from ASEE, an IEEE Education Medal, an IEEE Solid State Circuits Medal, an IEEE Beatrice K. Winner Award, and the IEEE Electron Devices Society's J.J. Ebers Award.

During his career, Meindl has served as Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Provost of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and was with Stanford University as the John M. Fluke Professor of Electrical Engineering, Associate Dean for Research in the School of Engineering, Director of the Center for Integrated Systems, Director of the Electronics Laboratories, and founding Director of the Integrated Circuits Laboratory.

He authored the book, "Micropower Circuits," and more than 300 technical papers on ultra-large scale integration, integrated electronics, and medical electronics, and also edited the book, "Brief Lessons in High Technology," which elucidates the emergence of the information society.

A Fellow of IEEE and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Meindl belongs to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, and has been part of their academic advisory board.

Visit the IEEE Awards website to see more information about the IEEE Medal of Honor and the entire roster of 2006 IEEE award and medal recipients.

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ECE alumnus James Meindl is the 2006 recipient of the IEEE Medal of Honor.