Welcoming 2019 Inductees to Alumni Hall of Fame
At an induction ceremony on October 25, 2019, 9 members of the fifth class of inductees were honored and joined the ranks of the 86 members of the ECE Alumni Hall of Fame, out of over 16,000 alumni.
October 29, 2019 By Charles Hall
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NC State University is proud to announce the 2019 inductees to the ECE Alumni Hall of Fame. The purpose of this extraordinary honor is to celebrate the accomplishments of our outstanding graduates who have used their education to excel in a profession, career, or service. Additionally, this recognition serves as an inspiration for current students.
At an induction ceremony on October 25, 2019 at the Dorothy and Roy Park Alumni Center on NC State’s Centennial Campus, 9 members of this fifth class of inductees were welcomed by members of the ECE Advisory Board and ushered into the ranks of the 86 members of the Alumni Hall of Fame, out of over 16,000 alumni.
This class of inductees included national business leaders, professors, and innovators from all walks of engineering life.
Our alumni are at the core of the Department, representing the agents and ambassadors that have made groundbreaking contributions in the study of electrical and computer engineering and beyond.
We offer a special thank you to the ECE Alumni Hall of Fame Committee. Their diligent efforts in the review and selection process are indeed appreciated. The Department is the fortunate recipient of their commitment to alumni engagement. Our sincerest gratitude is bestowed to the following members for their time, dedication and invaluable service: John Amein (B.S. EE ‘84), Sonali Luniya (M.S. CPE ’03 and Ph.D. EE ’06), Steve Marbut (B.S. EE ’74), and Mary Whitton (M.S. CPE ’84).
To learn more about how you can nominate outstanding alumni for induction, please visit the Alumni Hall of Fame page. Nominations for next year’s induction will be accepted through July 15, 2020.
A current professor at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Dr. Chang has past industrial experiences at Texas Instruments, Microelectronic Center of North Carolina and AT&T Bell Labs. He was a member of technical staff at Bell Labs before he returned to NC State in 1991 as a full-time PhD student advised by Dr. Edward Gehringer.
Along with industrial experience, Dr. Chang was a faculty member of Rochester Institute of Technology, Illinois Institute of Technology and Iowa State University. He received the University Excellence in Teaching Award at Illinois Institute of Technology and has graduated 16 PhD students. Research includes: cyber security, wireless networks, and energy efficient computer systems with earlier academic research on computer system design and most recently, served as the lead PI for three DARPA research projects on cyber security and data privacy.
Dr. Chang has also served in numerous professional conferences including IEEE ASIC conference, IEEE International Conference on Computer Design and IEEE Conference on Dependable and Secure Computing. He is the Program Chairs-in-Chief of the 43rd IEEE Conference on Computers, Software and Applications (COMPSAC 2019) and the Conference Chair of the 2020 ACM Southeast conference. He served as an editor and then as the Associate Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE IT Professional magazine. Currently, he is an editor of the Journal of Microprocessors and Microsystems.
Clay Gloster, Jr.
Clay Gloster, Jr. currently serves as the Interim Vice Provost for Research, Graduate Programs, Extended Learning, and Dean of the Graduate College at N.C. A&T. He also serves as the Chair of the Engineering Technology Division of the American Society for Engineering Education.
While a student at NC State he received several awards; African-American Leadership Award, Provost’s African-American Professional Development Award, and Chancellor’s African-American Leadership Award. After graduating, he held a faculty position at NCSU’s ECE department for 7 years.
After NC State he then served as a tenured member of the faculty at Howard University. After Howard, he became the Chair of the NC A&T Department of Computer Systems Technology and later Associate Dean of the College of Science and Technology. Aside from high ed, he has also worked for IBM, the Department of Defense, and the Microelectronics Center of NC.
Dr. Gloster led the effort to establish two new Bachelor of Science degree programs: Computer Engineering at Howard University and Information Technology at N.C. A&T. Under his leadership, the Master of Science in Information Technology degree program ranked 16th in the country by US News and World Report. His dedication to scholarship has led to having published numerous articles in peer-reviewed conferences and journals and presentations of his work throughout the US, Europe, Africa, and China. He also holds two US patents.
After completing his PhD, William Gosney worked for Texas Instruments in Dallas, TX. some projects included an early self-registered gate CMOS technology, an early non-volatile electrically-programmable and reprogrammable EEPROM and a Texas Instruments' 4K DRAM. He moved to Mostek Technology in 1977, working on DRAMs (16K to 1M), EPROMs (64K to 256K), and an early version of a flash memory. Gosney has fourteen patents in semiconductor and related technologies. In 1986 until he retired at the end of 2018, he was the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Electrical Engineering at Southern Methodist University. In addition to the usual courses in integrated circuits and electrical devices, Gosney developed a very successful electrical engineering survey course for non-engineering majors. He also did about 100 expert-witness cases in semiconductor-technology patent infringement and electrically-related personal injury or death, working with law firms all over the US.
During the late 1970's and early 1980's, Gosney served three terms of office on the city council and one term as mayor of my small town--Lucas, Texas.
Steven Hunter retired as an IBM Fellow in 2018 after 35 years with the company and has been an NC State Adjunct Professor for the past 20 years. He began his career with the IBM Networking Division developing products, standards and technology and later joined their Systems and Technology Group where, as systems architect and CTO, he developed the IBM BladeCenter System, as well as the Infiniband and Ethernet industry interconnect standards, to advance parallel systems and technology. He was designated an IBM Distinguished Engineer during this time.
Hunter continued to develop innovative concepts and joined the IBM Research Next Generation Computing team as chief systems architect. He worked on the development of a multicore processor and edge-of-network systems, which led to his designation as an IBM Fellow. He also worked in the areas of distributed storage, high availability, power-efficiency, and hardware acceleration, resulting in numerous research papers and patents.
During his career, he was the recipient of the IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, the IBM Corporate Award, the Gerstner Client Excellence Award (i.e., CEO award), as well as various paper, patent, and management awards. He was elected to the IBM Academy of Technology, is a Senior Member of IEEE, and a licensed North Carolina Professional Engineer.
Dr. Hunter received his bachelor’s degree from Auburn University, his master’s degree from NC State University, and his Ph.D. degree from Duke University, all in Electrical and Computer Engineering. While at Duke, his research focused on performance and dependability modeling of switched network and distributed applications, which proved extremely useful in his research and development activities. He continues as an adjunct/teaching professor at NC State with an interest in scalable, parallel, and resilient computing techniques.
After high school and before college he served four years in the United States Air Force (1951 to 1955) as an airborne radar technician. From 1959 to 1966 he was a Member of the Technical Staff of Bell Telephone Laboratories, performing research and development of missile tracking and guidance radar. He joined the Electrical Engineering Department of Duke University as an Assistant Professor in 1966, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1968 and to Professor in 1979. His current research and teaching interests include electromagnetic field and wave interactions with materials and structures at microwave and optical frequencies. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE, a recent recipient of the Outstanding Engineering Educator Award, and the Scientific and Technical Achievement Award presented by the Environmental Protection Agency. He has supervised more than 70 graduate students in their thesis and dissertation research leading to the MS and PhD degrees. He has 21 patents, and he has published over 400 technical articles, books and book chapters.
Dr. Lloyd W. Massengill is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.
During his 30+ year career, Prof. Massengill has led the development of computer models that simulate the failure modes of integrated circuits in hostile environments (DoD and commercial), allowing designers to identify and correct potential risks prior to deployment; he discovered several fundamental failure mechanisms in modern integrated systems due to space or terrestrial radiation exposure; he directed the integration of failure models into industry-standard EDA design tools; he created fault-tolerant circuit designs; and he trained many young engineers in the fault-tolerant design of integrated circuits. He has over 300 publications in the area.
In the 1990’s, Dr. Massengill helped establish and lead the Radiation Effects Research Group at Vanderbilt, now the world’s largest academic group specializing in the effects of radiation on ICs. In 2003, he co-founded the Vanderbilt Institute for Space and Defense Electronics, an academic center providing research-driven engineering support for mission-critical microelectronic circuits. This center has provided a radiation-vulnerability assessment for every major technology node to 7nm and radiation-response research to the DoD in support of several major acquisition programs. In 2016, he founded Reliable MicroSystems LLC, a design services company specializing in concept-to-foundry creation of high-reliability electronics for fault-tolerant applications. He established Reliable MicroSystems to meet customer-driven needs for the application of advances in fundamental research to applied hi-rel system design, both commercial and DoD.
Dr. Massengill has been Guest Editor for the IEEE Trans. on Nuclear Science, General Chairman for the IEEE Nuclear and Space Radiation Effects Conference, and Chairman of the HEART Society Steering Group. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.
Ben J Sloan is native of Western N.C. His PhD research focused on semiconductor device theory including the effects of compressive stress in silicon and germanium. After moving to Dallas, he became a Member of the Technical Staff of Texas Instruments. Dr. Sloan’s research interests included electron beam direct imaging and processes for bipolar devices having high gain at low current. He holds 12 US semiconductor related patents.
Sloan remained at TI for 24 years with assignments to include Director of the Semiconductor Research and Development Laboratory, senior management in the Defense Systems Group where he led a 1000 employee organization devoted to the design and manufacture of custom Integrated circuits for military applications. He then returned to the Semiconductor Group as a Vice President and manager of the Process Automation Center. During his employment at TI, Sloan was also a member of the Executive Technical Advisory Board of Sematech and was Chair of the Industrial Advisory Board of the NC State Engineering Research Center on Advanced Electronic Materials Processing (Masnari).
Sloan left TI in 1992 to start a new business in microlithography for FSI International. That business grew to about $150M in annual revenue in less than 5 years with market share worldwide. Sloan became the COO of all at FSI until he retired in 2001.
In retirement, Dr.Sloan has served on the BOD of Elgar Electronics, as a certified mentor at Startech Early Ventures and as a consultant for several S/C equipment companies.
E. C. Sykes
E.C. Sykes is a candidate for NC Secretary of State. He is the founder of Aslan Ventures, a private equity real estate company. Previously, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Black Box (NASDQ: BBOX). He served as the Executive Director for Faith and Religious Liberties for the Ted Cruz 2016 Presidential Campaign. He was President and CEO of Switch Lighting, group president and named executive officer of Flextronics International (NASDQ: FLEX), and Chief Executive Officer of Circuit Board Assemblers. Mr. Sykes served on the Board of Advisors for Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University. He is a former board member of Franklin County Regional Hospital, a former board member of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, and former deacon of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. Mr. Sykes received a BSEE and MSM from NC State University. He and his wife Susan worship at The Summit Church in Raleigh, NC
Eric M. Vogel is currently Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His group performs broad-based research regarding the synthesis, structure, properties and applications of various electronic materials and devices including electronic biosensors for point-of-care applications, devices based on two-dimensional materials such as graphene, and materials and devices for neuromorphic circuits. Dr. Vogel has authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications that have been cited over 10000 times. As Deputy Director of the Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology since 2015, he is responsible for catalyzing large-scale, interdisciplinary research activities in the area of micro-/nano-electronics and photonics at GT. As Associate Director of the Institute for Materials since 2012, he founded and leads GT’s Materials Characterization Facility. Prior to joining GT, he was Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas where he was also Associate Director of the Texas Analog Center of Excellence and led UTD’s portion of the Southwest Academy for Nanoelectronics. Prior to joining UTD in August of 2006, he was the leader of the CMOS and Novel Devices Group and founded the Nanofab at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, for which he received a Department of Commerce Silver Medal.