Tomiyasu Joins IEEE Heritage Circle

IEEE Life Fellow Kiyo Tomiyasu’s loyalty and commitment to IEEE spans nearly 70 years

8 January 2010

IEEE Life Fellow Kiyo Tomiyasu’s loyalty and commitment to IEEE spans nearly 70 years, from the time he joined the Institute of Radio Engineers, one of IEEE’s predecessor societies, in 1941 as a student until today.

Tomiyasu donates annually to the IEEE Life Members and IEEE Foundation general funds. He helped establish two IEEE Foundation funds that recognize students: the Harold Sobol Student Grant, administered by the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society; and the Mikio Takagi Student Prize, administered by the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society. He also set up and funded the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award Fund, the technical field award named in his honor that recognizes outstanding early to mid-career contributions to technologies holding the promise of innovative applications.

To honor his lifetime of giving to IEEE, Tomiyasu, 90, is being inducted into the IEEE Heritage Circle, the IEEE Foundation’s donor recognition program [see sidebar]. He is being recognized at the Thomas Alva Edison level. The third of five levels, it is reserved for donors whose cumulative gifts fall in the range of US $100 000 to $249 999. An induction ceremony is scheduled as part of the IEEE International Microwave Symposium, to be held from 23 to 28 May, in Anaheim, Calif.

“I believe strongly in the noble objectives of the IEEE Foundation,” Tomiyasu says. “The most compelling benefit of membership in IEEE is the integrity and commitment I witness through my association with similar professionals.”

Tomiyasu graduated in 1940 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Caltech and went on to earn a master’s degree in communications engineering from Columbia University in 1941 and a Ph.D. in engineering science and applied physics from Harvard in 1948.

He spent most of his career with General Electric Co. at its offices in California, New York, and Pennsylvania. His work involved lasers and microwave technology, including microwave remote sensing from satellites and the propagation aspects of satellite communication links.

Not only is Tomiyasu a generous donor to IEEE, he is also an active volunteer. He has been a member of the IEEE Board of Directors, the Awards Board, the Technical Activities Board, the Educational Activities Board, and the Publication Products and Services Board. At the society level, he has been a member of the administrative committees of the Microwave Theory and Techniques and the Geoscience and Remote Sensing societies.

Tomiyasu is retired and resides in Pomona, Calif.


SIDEBAR: The IEEE Heritage Circle honors individuals who demonstrate commitment and loyalty to the IEEE Foundation through their generous and continued giving. The circle recognizes donors whose cumulative contributions since 1 January 1995 total US $10 000 or more. There are five giving levels named in honor of great innovators, and they range from $10 000 to more than $500 000.

For more information contact the major gifts officer, Michael Deering, IEEE Development Office, +1 732 562 3915, or by e-mail:

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