Former IEEE President
Member Grade: Life Senior Member
Age: 75; Died: 4 June
Joel Snyder, the 2001 IEEE president, began his career at IBM, where he helped develop removable disk memories. He went on to join Airborne Instruments Laboratory, in Deer Park, N.Y., where he worked on systems for evaluating navigation devices. He left to design computer circuits for Harman Kardon, a home audio equipment manufacturer with headquarters in Stamford, Conn.
In 1963, Snyder established Snyder Associates, an engineering consulting firm in Plainview, N.Y.; he was its principal engineer. He also taught part-time at three New York schools: Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, now the Polytechnic Institute of New York University; the New York Institute of Technology; and Long Island University.
He was IEEE Region 1 director from 1992 to 1993. From 1995 to 1996, he was vice president of IEEE Professional Activities and chair of the IEEE-USA board of directors.
Snyder was honored with the 1999 IEEE Larry K. Wilson Transnational Award for his “long-term commitment to expanding IEEE activities available to members outside the United States, and in particular for his efforts to bring a spectrum of career-oriented activities to the members of Regions 7 through 10.”
During his time as IEEE president, he continued to expand offerings in those regions by establishing conferences and award programs such as the Peru Section’s Elektron Award. He received an IEEE Millennium Medal, which was awarded in 2000 to IEEE members for outstanding contributions to an IEEE field of interest.
Snyder received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, in New York.