2010-2011

Professor John Orr awarded the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Professor John Orr received the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois on September 17, 2010.

Professor John Orr

Professor John Orr received the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois on September 17, 2010. Dr. Orr received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1969 and his Ph.D. in 1977 from the University of Illinois. John joined the faculty at WPI in 1977 and served as head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department from 1988 to 2003. He went on to serve as Dead of Undergraduate Studies at WPI and from 2007 to 2010 served as Provost.

The Distinguished Alumni Award honors Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering alumni who have made professional and technical contributions that bring distinction to themselves, the department, and the University. Dr. Orr was awarded, “for his contributions to engineering education and the safety of first responders.”

From the University of Illinois Distinguished Alumni Awards Banquet program:
“In his PhD work at Illinois, John performed some of the earliest research on fading effects on CDMA systems. He began his professional career at Bell Laboratories in New Jersey in the area of visual communications.

His research interests span several aspects of digital signal processing. Recent work is in the area of positioning systems, particularly precision personnel tracking in the indoor environment, leading to numerous publications and one patent on an algorithm for optimal positioning in a high multipath environment.

His other professional interest is in the area of engineering education where he has led the development of several innovative programs including an immersive first-year experience in the “great problems” of engineering and a graduate level interdisciplinary program in computer networking. He is past president of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads’ Association, a past member of the Board of Governors at Eta Kappa Nu, and a past member of the Board of Directors of IEC. He is a member of the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and of the American Society for Engineering Education.”

Other recipients of the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award include Philip Ching Ho Chan, Deputy President and Provost of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Major General David J. Eichhorn, Commander, Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, California; Daniel Schaubert, Professor Emeritus, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Massachusetts; Jack Yuan-Chen Sun, Vice President of Research and Development, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Taiwan; and Andrew Young, CEO, Apache Design Solutions, California.

 

September 24, 2010

 
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