March 3, 2008
Alex Hills, Distinguished Service Professor of ECE and EPP, has been elected Engineer of the Year by the Alaska Engineering Societies. Nominated by the Alaska Section of the IEEE for the annual award, Hills was recognized "for outstanding professional leadership, technical excellence, and dedicated community service." The honor was based upon his work in developing Wi-Fi technology and in developing the telecommunications network in rural and remote parts of Alaska.
From 1993-1999 Hills served as Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer at Carnegie Mellon where he was responsible for the development and operation of the university's computing and telecommunications systems. He created the original vision of "Wi-Fi" when he conceived and created Carnegie Mellon's Wireless Andrew system, the first Wi-Fi network in the world. As a result of this work, Carnegie Mellon was voted the nation's "most wired" university. As a result of his work, he has been invited to lecture and consult across the U.S. and in many foreign countries.
Hills was also instrumental in developing the telecommunications systems in the rural and remote parts of Alaska. In recent years he has helped Alaska to build its capabilities in high tech entrepreneurship and in engineering education, developing wireless technology innovations for Venture Ad Astra, a high tech start-up company based in Anchorage, and assisting the University of Alaska Anchorage in the expansion and improvement of its engineering programs.
Hills is currently a member of the University of Alaska College of Fellows, a member of the University of Alaska Anchorage School of Engineering Advisory Board, a member of the Palmer Chamber of Commerce, and a board member of the Alaska chapter the American Red Cross. He is also Profesor Extraordinario at the Universidad Austral de Chile.
Dr. Alex Hills has been elected Engineer of the Year by the Alaska Engineering Societies.