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Alumni Updates: 1960–1969
Richard A. Bennett

Richard A. Bennett

Richard A. Bennett (BSE EE ‘62) retired from FCI Systems Corp., a company he started back in 1991, in 2001. Prior to starting FCI, Bennett spent most of his career with Lockheed Martin, first as an architect for the CADAM system and later as Vice President of Sales and Marketing of CADAM Inc., the Lockheed subsidiary responsible for marketing that product. For his work with that system he was elected to the CAD/CAM Hall of Fame of Machine Design magazine in 1999. He now attends a local community college and takes fine art subjects. [EECS News Spring/Summer 2005]

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Richard A. Bennett (‘62)
* Lee Boysel ('62, '63)
Wesley W. Bushman (’63)
Richard L. Crandall (’64)
Eustace L. Dereniak (‘65)
Robert L. Eisenhart ('66, '70)
Samuel H. Fuller (’68)
* George I. Haddad (’56, ’58, ‘63)
Barrett Hazeltine (‘63)
Galal Khadr (’68, ‘69)
* Bernard Lacroute (‘67)
Fred Leonberger (‘69)
Jerry Levin ('66, '67)
David E. Liddle ('67)
Conrad L. Macina (‘69)
Nino Masnari (’58, ’59, ’64)
Bruce E. Nourse (’64)
Daniel P. Siewiorek (‘68)
Rodger W. Walser (’59, ’61, ‘67)

Lee Boysel

Lee Boysel

Lee Boysel (BSE MSE EE '62 '63) headed the team that created the first single-chip CPU microprocessor. The legacy of his work is packaged into every computer, car, toaster and virtually anything else controlled these days by a silicon chip. Boysel began his storied career as a launch sequence specialist stationed at Douglas Aircraft’s Johnson Island Anti-Satellite Facility. In his spare time, he assembled his own research lab using surplus equipment he bought from Douglas. Far ahead of the curve, Boysel had already made the jump from vacuum tubes to transistors to the infancy of the MOS chip, which he further developed at IBM, Fairchild Semiconductor and his own startup, Four-Phase Systems. The machines produced by Four-Phase distributed mainframe power to remote user locations and featured the first semiconductor memory and the first LSI CPU. Four-Phase CRTs were used for many years in hospitals, pharmacies, and, up until the year 2000, at the IRS. Teams he led were credited with designing and fabricating the first A/D chips, the first static and dynamic MOS ROM, the first parallel ALU and the first DRAM. Since the buyout of Four-Phase by Motorola in 1981, Boysel has advised, chaired and invested in several high-tech start-ups. In 2007, he received the ECE Alumni Merit Award.

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Wesley W. Bushman

Wesley W. Bushman (MSE EE ‘63) is a retired Executive Engineer from Chrysler. He has also worked at the Space Physics Research Lab, at U-M, and for American Motors. He has three sons, all U-M graduates, and 4 grandchildren. Wesley and his wife Jean have recently moved to Tampa Bay, and says “the weather’s great, but still we sometimes find ourselves missing Michigan.” [EECS News Spring/Summer 2004]

Richard L. Crandall

Richard L. Crandall (BSE EE/Eng Math ’64; MSE Ind & Oper ’66) was a physicist and computer scientist who made substantial contributions to computational number theory.

Crandall was most notable for the development of the irrational base discrete weighted transform, an important method of finding very large primes. He was, at various times, Chief Scientist at NeXT Inc. and Apple's Chief Cryptographer. At the time of his death on December 20, 2012, Crandall was the Vollum Adjunct Professor of Science and director of the Center for Advanced Computation at Reed College. He fronted a band called the Chameleons in 1981. Crandall was also Apple Distinguished Scientist and head of Apple's Advanced Computation Group.

He was awarded numerous patents for his work in the field of cryptography. Crandall also owned and operated PSI Press, an online publishing company. He received the ECE Alumni Merit Award in 2001.

Crandall died in Portland, Oregon on the morning of December 20, 2012. He was 64 years old.

Eustace L. Dereniak

Eustace L. Dereniak (MSE EE ‘65) is a professor of Optical Sciences, as well as Electrical and Computer Engineering, at the University of Arizona. He and Teresa D. Dereniak have authored the textbook, Geometrical and Trigonometric Optics (2008), which covers the modern geometrical aspects of optics. Prof. Dereniak has published two additional books, Infrared Detectors and Systems (1996) and Optical Radiation Detectors (1984). [EECS News 2009]

Robert L. Eisenhart

Robert L. Eisenhart (MSE PhD EE '66 '70) has been an independent consultant in microwave circuit design for 18 years, dealing primarily with types of circuits that cannot be modeled with equivalent circuits such as waveguides, transmission lines, antennas etc.  Previously with Hughes Aircraft as a Chief Scientist, he provided technical direction and management of IR&D programs.  He received his PhD in 1970 from the University of Michigan and his BSEE in 1960 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Bob has been using EM simulators since they came out in the early 1990s.  He has taught classes and given more than 30 presentations featuring HFSS on a variety of subjects as a design tool.  He was responsible for the initial development of the procedure for using simulators to model scanning characterization of antenna arrays. He is an IEEE Life Fellow, and in 1999 received the MTT-S Microwave Pioneer Award for the work presented in his PhD thesis.  He has also taught a Microwave Theory Course at Loyola University in Los Angeles, and has been a Guest Lecturer at Michigan, UCLA, UC San Diego and the University of Southern California.  Additional information is available on the website: www.Dr-HFSS.com.

He delivered a WIMS2 seminar in 2013, titled "Microwave Design Seminar - Thoughts, Tips and Techniques for Microwave Circuit Design."

Samuel H. Fuller

Samuel H. Fuller (BSE EE ’68) served as a Vice President of Research and Development at Analog Devices Inc. since March 1998 and its Chief Technology Officer since March 2006. Prior to joining Analog Devices, Inc., in February 1998, Dr. Fuller served as Vice President of Corporate Technology Strategy and Chief Scientist for Digital Equipment Corporation from January 1996 to January 1998. He served various other positions with Digital Equipment Corporation since 1978, and served as its Vice President of Research from 1983 to January 1996. He had been a Director of Zygo Corp., since 2003 until 2014. He serves as Director of Zaiq Technologies Inc., Corporation for National Research Initiatives and Assertive Design Inc. He served as a Director of eBT International Inc., since May 1996. He is an IEEE Fellow, AAAS Fellow, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He holds BSEE from the University of Michigan and a M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.

He received the EECS Alumni Merit Award in 1993.

George I. Haddad

George I. Haddad

George I. Haddad (BSE MSE PhD EE ’56 ’58 ‘63), Robert J. Hiller Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, retired from the Department in 2005. His long and distinguished career at the University of Michigan spans almost five decades of remarkable achievement and leadership in research, teaching, service and administration. When Prof. Haddad was still a graduate student, the renowned professor William Gould Dow (1895-1999) recognized his unique ability to communicate complex concepts in a comprehensible way—so he regularly brought visitors by George’s desk to hear about his latest research activities. Later, he also made certain Prof. Haddad was hired as a faculty member. Prof. Haddad quickly assumed a position of leadership as Director of the Electron Physics Laboratory (1969 to 1975), and later as Director of the Solid-State Electronics Laboratory (1986-1991), and Director of the Center for High Frequency Microelectronics (1986-2000). He served for nearly 20 years as Department Chair between the years 1975-1997. During his tenure as department chair, the department grew significantly in both reputation and size and established itself among the top five departments in the country. He was instrumental in forming the current department from three existing departments and programs. “It is very gratifying to be honored by my colleagues,” he stated, “particularly after serving them for so many years.” Prof. Haddad is internationally recognized for his research and expertise in microwave and millimeter- wave devices and integrated circuits, microwave- optical interactions and optoelectronic devices, and integrated circuits. He is also a highly respected educator, having graduated nearly 60 Ph.D. students, many of whom have become distinguished educators and industry leaders. In recognition of this accomplishment, he received the Distinguished Educator Award of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (1996). Professor Haddad is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Member of the National Academy of Engineering. He also received the ECE Alumni Merit Award in 2006. [EECS News Spring/Summer 2007]

See also:

George Haddad: A Special Tribute [EECS News Fall/Winter 2005]

Barrett Hazeltine

Barrett Hazeltine

Barrett Hazeltine (PhD EE ‘63) is currently teaching at Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe while on leave from Brown University. He tells us, “The sun is warm; colleagues and students equally warm-hearted; the inflation rate is an astonishing 1500%; we are enjoying it.”

Though Dr. Hazeltine only mentioned his current work in Africa, the editor discovered that he is Professor Emeritus at Brown University, and he still teaches. From 1972 to 1992, he was also associate dean of the College. His research interests include engineering management, technology planning especially in developing countries, teaching of technology for liberal arts students, and digital computers. He has spent several years teaching in Africa during the 70’s and 80’s, and has taught in several other foreign countries, including Indonesia, The Philippines, and Thailand. Hazeltine has written textbooks on electronic circuit design and small-scale technologies. He received thirteen teaching awards from senior classes at Brown. In fact, the award now bears his name: the Hazeltine Senior Citation award for excellence in teaching, guidance, and support. He is a Trustee of Stevens Institute of Technology and sits on several advisory boards.Prof. Hazeltine is pictured on the right along with his friend, who is building his own house using appropriate technology. [EECS News Spring/Summer 2007]

Galal Khadr

Galal Khadr

Galal Khadr (MSE PhD EE ‘68 ‘69) remembers those “nice days in Michigan.” He is Chairman of the Computer Department at Arab Open University - Jeddah - Saudi Arabia. [EECS News Spring/Summer 2007]

Khadr is Director of Madina Regional Center at Arab Open University in Saudi Arabia. He says, “I am proud to be a U-M graduate, and am grateful for the excellent PhD program. I still remember Ann Arbor, even after more than 36 years.” [EECS News 2009]

Bernard  Lacroute

Bernard Lacroute

Bernard Lacroute (MSE EE ‘67) started out building innovative computers, then entire companies. At Digital Equipment, he designed VAX, the first 32-bit minicomputer. He joined Sun Microsystems in 1983 as its first Executive Vice President of Engineering and helped develop the then-new concept of desktop computers, turning Sun into a multi-billion dollar powerhouse. Today, Lacroute divides his time between Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), a high-tech venture-capital firm in Silicon Valley, and Oregon’s picturesque Willamette Valley, where he runs WillaKenzie, his award-winning vineyard and winery. At KPCB, his startups include Tivoli Systems, a networking software company acquired by IBM for 1 billion dollars, and Flextronics, a contract manufacturing company with annual revenues of more than $10 billion. At Willakenzie, he invented his own computer-guided grape stomper, as well as computers which produce hourly soil-moisture reports from ground probes stationed at four different depths. In recognition of his computing achievements and service to alumni, Lacroute received an EECS Alumni Merit Award in 1999. [Michigan Engineer Spring/Summer 2002]

Fred Leonberger

Fred Leonberger

Fred Leonberger (BSE EE ‘69) is founder and principal of EOvation Technologies LLC. Leonberger founded the technology advisory firm EOvation Technologies in 2003, after retiring from JDS Uniphase (JDSU) as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. At JDSU, he was responsible for strategic technology, and his focal areas spanned product development, strategic planning, OEM customer requirements, and assessment of worldwide market trends and technical advances. He previously served as cofounder and general manager of UTP, a supplier of optical modulators, and in a variety of management and staff positions at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and United Technologies Research Center. He has worked in the area of photonics throughout his career, and his work in integrated optical devices, which focused on high-speed analog and digital modulation, has long been recognized as significantly advancing the field.

After Michigan, Leonberger received his master's and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from MIT. Leonberger recently received the IEEE Photonics Award, sponsored by the IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society for, “technical leadership, commercialization and practical deployment of photonic component technologies for optical communications.” He is a recipient of the IEEE Quantum Electronics Award and Millenium Medal, and the United Technologies Corporation George Meade Award. He has served as President of the IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society. He is a fellow of IEEE and OSA (Optical Society of America), and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of RF MicroDevices, Inc. and Alphion. After his recent visit to Ann Arbor during alumni weekend, Leonberger said, “I have a lot of great memories of my undergraduate years at Michigan. I met my wife Jan at Michigan, and we have been married for 35 years.” By the time Dr. Leonberger graduated, he was convinced he wanted to work in semiconductors and microelectronics. “I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to attend Michigan, major in EE, and find my career path.” Leonberger received the ECE Alumni Merit Award in 2005. [EECS News Spring/Summer 2006]

Frederick J. Leonberger Receives 2014 Connecticut Medal of Technology

Jerry Levin

Jerry Levin

Jerry Levin (BSE EE '66; BSE Eng Math '67) is Chairman and CEO of JW Levin Partners LLC, which specializes in rebuilding branded consumer products and service companies. Levin charted the course for American Household, Inc. (formerly Sunbeam), as the company’s chairman and CEO. As a leading maker of small appliances, such as coffeemakers, cans openers, toasters, smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, outdoor grills and sleeping bags, the company is an integral part of American homes. Levin was a recipient of the College of Engineering Alumni Society Distinguished Service Award in 2009 and the EECS Alumni Merit Award in 1998. He also served as co-chair of the College's Progress & Promise: 150th Anniversary Campaign. [Brief Bio]

David E. Liddle

David E. Liddle

David E. Liddle (BSE EE '67) has spent his career developing technologies for interaction and communication between people and computers in activities spanning research, development, management and entrepreneurship. He joined U.S. Venture Partners in January 2000, after retiring as president and chief executive officer of Interval Research Corporation, a laboratory and new business incubator in Silicon Valley. Dr. Liddle serves on the college of engineering boards at Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley.

Dr. Liddle earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering at the University of Michigan and a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Toledo. Prior to co-founding Interval, Dr. Liddle founded Metaphor Computer Systems in 1982 and served as its president and CEO. The company was acquired by IBM in 1991, and Dr. Liddle was named vice president, new systems business development. Previously, he held various research and development positions at Xerox Corporation's Palo Alto Research Center.
Dr. Liddle has served as director of numerous public and private companies and as chair of the board of trustees of the Santa Fe Institute. He has served on the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Information Science and Technology Committee and chaired the NAS Computer Science and Telecommunications Board. He has been named a senior fellow at the Royal College of Art and elected as a director of the New York Times Company. He is also a member of the University of Michigan College of Engineering's Progress & Promise: 150th Anniversary Campaign Committee. Liddle received the EECS Alumni Merit Award in 1996. [Brief Bio]

Conrad L. Macina

Conrad L. Macina (BSE EE ‘69) says, “after stints in telecom, banking, brokerage and retail, I’ve landed in pharmaceuticals. I’m working for Pfizer in Morris Plains, NJ, where I’m responsible for the Data Protection Team. We handle backups, restores and disaster recovery for about 3,000 computer systems in the NY Metro area and Memphis, TN. Our greatest challenge is probably optimization: If we optimize backup performance, restore performance suffers, and when a restore is required it’s required NOW! On the other hand, if we optimize for restores our “daily” backups would take 48 hours.” [EECS News Fall/Winter 2004]

Nino Masnari

Nino Masnari

Nino Masnari (BSE MSE PhD EE ’58 ’59 ’64) is a Distinguished Professor of ECE at North Carolina State University. He was a faculty member and Director of the Electron Physics Laboratory at U-M before moving to NC State in 1979 as Head of the Electrical Engineering Department. He subsequently was appointed Dean of Engineering at NC State in 1996, where he was responsible for initiating and leading efforts to relocate the CoE from the main campus to the centennial campus, while adding several new buildings to the campus. Masnari received the ECE Alumni Merit Award in 2009. [EECS News 2009]

Bruce E. Nourse

Bruce E. Nourse (BSE Science Eng ’64) received the CSE Alumni Merit Award in 1999.

Daniel P. Siewiorek

Daniel P. Siewiorek

Daniel P. Siewiorek (BSE EE ‘68) is director of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, and Buhl University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Prof. Siewiorek truly enjoyed being back on campus. “Seeing faculty who were here in my undergraduate days and who are still active was an amazing testimonial to the loyalty and dedication of Michigan faculty. Keki Irani taught me my first course in computing and set me on my path to a career in computer engineering education and research. Also, it was great meeting the more recent faculty whom I have watched mature and who are carrying on the Michigan tradition.” Though he went on to earn his master’s and PhD degrees from Stanford, he still keenly remembers his intense undergraduate years at Michigan. “The broad based education I received ranging from circuits to computers, thermodynamics to machine design, and Engineering English to philosophy not only taught me how to learn but also gave me perspective to lead interdisciplinary teams encompassing all of those disciplines and more.” Dr. Siewiorek currently leads an interdisciplinary team that has designed and constructed over 20 generations of mobile computing systems. In addition, he helped to initiate and guide the Cm* project that culminated in an operational 50-processor multiprocessor system. He has designed or been involved with the design of nine multiprocessor systems and has been a key contributor to the dependability design of over two dozen commercial computing systems. He recently received the 2006 Outstanding Contribution Award from ACM SIGMOBILE for pioneering and fundamental contributions to wearable and context-aware computing. Dr. Siewiorek has written eight textbooks in the areas of parallel processing, computer architecture, reliable computing, and design automation. He is a Fellow of IEEE, ACM, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Siewiorek received the CSE Alumni Merit Award in 2006. [EECS News Spring/Summer 2007]

Rodger W. Walser

Rodger W. Walser (BSE MSE PhD EE ‘59 ‘61 ‘67) is the Annis and Jack Bowen Professor in Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, and Director of the Center for Electromagnetic Materials & Devices. Rodger has participated in the startup of three corporate ventures. He founded Ardex, Inc. a subsidiary of Alcoa, in Austin in 1984 and served as CEO and chief scientist until 1989. His recent research focuses on thin film and device structure synthesis, and characterization for a variety of applications including integrated thin film recording heads and optical films for “smart solar windows.” [EECS News Spring/Summer 2005]