In Memoriam: February 2008

IEEE mourns the loss of the following members

7 February 2008

C. Raymond Knight

Engineering executive

Life Fellow, 88; died 19 September

C. Raymond Knight was a former executive vice president and general manager of Aeronautical Radio, a transportation communications and systems engineering company in Annapolis, Md.

Knight began his career in the 1940s working on radar applications at General Electric Co. After World War II, he became GE’s manager of electron tube application engineering. He left the company to join Aeronautical Radio, where he was a reliability engineer, studying the ability of components to function under certain conditions. Knight worked with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, NASA, and other transportation and defense agencies. He retired in 1979.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Utah, in Salt Lake City, and a master’s degree in physics from George Washington University, in Washington, D.C.

 

Gene H. Golub

Pioneer of early computing

Honorary member, 75; died 16 November

Gene H. Golub developed early techniques for using computers to solve scientific and engineering problems.

He joined Stanford University as an assistant professor in 1962 and taught computer science and electrical engineering there for 45 years. In 1965 he helped establish the university’s computer science department.

Earlier, in 1964, he created algorithms that enabled commercial computers to solve scientific and engineering problems. The algorithms had several applications, including predicting the weather and searching for oil. He developed the singular value decomposition algorithm, which has a variety of applications in signal processing, statistics, and data analysis.

Golub was a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. He was president of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics from 1985 to 1987, and was founding editor of the SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing and the SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications. He wrote 18 books on such topics as numeric analysis and matrix computation.

He earned bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in mathematics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 1953, 1954, and 1959, respectively.

 

Marc J. Feldman

Superconductivity pioneer

Member, 62; died 4 December

Marc J. Feldman helped develop the concept behind superconducting quantum computers, which store information in qubits. Researchers are still perfecting the machines, which have the potential to solve problems exponentially faster than other types of computers.

Early in Feldman’s career, he conducted research in high- and ultrahigh-speed circuits at the University of California at Berkeley; Chalmers University of Technology, in Göteborg, Sweden; the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, in New York City; and other institutions. He also worked for the U.S. National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Charlottesville, Va. There, he and his colleagues helped develop the sensitive superconductor-insulator-superconductor receiver, which is used on millimeter-wave telescopes around the world.

He joined the University of Rochester, New York, in 1989 as a senior scientist and professor of electrical and computer engineering. In 1995 he and a colleague at the university, Mark Bocko, originated the concept of superconducting quantum computing. The university’s Superconducting Digital Electronics group has been studying and developing technology related to the field ever since.

Feldman earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics in 1967 from the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia. He went on to earn a Ph.D., also in physics, in 1975 from UC Berkeley.

 

Thomas Burke Hayes

Cofounder of engineering firm

Life Fellow, 95; died 14 December

T. Burke Hayes helped found CH2M Hill, an engineering and construction consulting company with headquarters in Englewood, Colo.

Hayes joined the U.S. Navy in 1942 and was assigned to teach electronics at MIT. Two years later he was transferred to an aircraft carrier and became its combat information officer. In 1946 Hayes and three fellow graduates from Oregon State University, in Corvallis, founded CH2M, a company whose acronym reflects the initials of its founders. The company took on such projects as building chemical plants in Buenos Aires and designing wastewater treatment plants in New Zealand. In 1971 CH2M merged with Clair A. Hill and Associates to become CH2M Hill. Hayes retired from the company in 1977.

Hayes, who was an adjunct professor of electrical engineering at OSU from 1946 to 1955, received a bachelor’s degree in 1938 from OSU and a master’s in 1940 from MIT. In 2004 OSU awarded him its E.B. Lemon Distinguished Alumni Award, which recognizes those who have “made significant contributions to society and whose accomplishments have helped enhance the prestige of the university.”

 

Carlos V. Girod Jr.

Engineering director

Member, 69; died 29 December

After working for two major U.S. television networks, Carlos V. Girod became director of engineering for the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) in White Plains, N.Y.

Girod began his career as an engineer at CBS in New York City. His first project was to convert CBS’s former St. Louis affiliate, KMOX-TV, into the world’s first electronic news-gathering station. He worked there for 14 years before leaving to become director of satellite technology at Public Broadcasting Systems in Washington, D.C. He joined the SMPTE last year as its director of engineering.

He was an SMPTE Fellow and a member of the International Broadcasting Association.

He earned a bachelor’s degree at the Newark College of Engineering (now the New Jersey Institute of Technology) and a master’s degree in business administration from Fordham University in New York City.

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