Can you give us a little background about yourself?
I joined the University of Minnesota Duluth EE as Department Head during the summer of 1998. From 1977-1998, I was appointed Associate Dean in the UMD Swenson College of Science and Engineering from 2007-2011. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in microelectronics processing and analog electronic circuit design as well as the Introduction to electrical Engineering course to incoming freshman. I went through the faculty ranks at Iowa State University (ISU) and was a principal investigator in the ISU Microelectronics Research Center (MRC). I received my B.S., M.S., and Ph.D degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After graduation I was an engineer and program manager at the UW Space science and Engineering Center working on a variety of NOA and NASA projects. My research interests include microelectronics, semiconductor device processing, and high frequency analog circuit design.
B.S.E.E. (1967); University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.S.E.E. (1968); University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ph.D. (1972); University of Wisconsin-Madison
Active in the ASEE
Senior Life Member of IEEE
Registered Professional Engineer in Minnesota and Iowa
How did you become interested in Electrical Engineering?
Starting in middle school, I was always interested in math and science. I got my amateur radio license when I was 12 along with a bunch of friends who also like to tinker with electronics.
Can you tell us about your work as a Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota?
Now the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Brief summary in (1) above.
Can you tell us about your research on microelectronics processing and analog circuit design?
Most of my hands-on microelectronic process was done at the ISU MRC. I also had a long running NSF REU program for teaching students the basics of semiconductor device process. Alas, UMD does not have such facilities. When I was at ISU, a major portion of my research was in the design and realization of a new class of amorphous and microcrystalline silicon thin film transistor-based ULSI circuits fabricated directly on flexible substrates. Also research interests also include exploiting the piezoelectric properties of thin-film aluminum nitride for high-frequency systems and chemical sensors.
What are you currently working on?
Somewhat inactive the last year or two but was doing some work on medical instrumentation.
Can you tell us about your participation in various IEEE committees?
Going way back as a student at the University of Wisconsin, I was the Student Chapter Chair. Most of my activities now are helping facilitate activities between the local IEEE Arrowhead section and the EE students.
You received many awards and recognitions including College of Engineering Superior Engineering Teacher Award in 1992. What were your secrets that lead you in achieving those awards and recognitions?
You have to love teaching and believe in yourself that you are making a difference.
What do you usually do during your free time?
Being a “northlander”, my wife and I have a cabin on a lake in northwestern Wisconsin. Nothing like a canoe trip around the lake and listed to the loons at the crack of dawn. (Summer, of course). I live in a snowy region and embrace winter sports like snow shoeing and cross country skiing.
Few years from now, what direction do you see yourself?
Why change what I like doing now. I have lots of left brain and right brain hobbies.
As a professor, what words of encouragement would you give to your students?
Take charge of your education. Get to know and work with your student colleagues and faculty. Go beyond the textbook and classroom in learning. Engineering is challenging but you have the opportunity to make a difference for society. Solutions to many of our global problems are in your hands.
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