In Memoriam

IEEE mourns the loss of the following members

8 September 2010
Photo: Karen Emmerich

J. Barry Oakes

Satellite design engineer, former IEEE Board member


AGE: 82

DIED: 1 May

J. Barry Oakes was an expert in satellite design and electronics at Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory, in Laurel, Md.

He joined the lab in 1951 as a clinical engineer and spent his career researching satellite design and electronics. He spent most of his time there as a supervisor in the lab's space department. Oakes became an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at the university in 1972, retiring in 1993 from both the lab and the university.

Co-author of Linear Vacuum Tube and Transistor Circuits [McGraw-Hill, 1960], Oakes spent significant time volunteering for IEEE. He was a member of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society administrative committee for 20 years beginning in the 1970s, and he served as the society's president in 1976, 1996, and 1997. He was also vice president of Educational Activities and a member of the IEEE Board of Directors, representing Division II.

Oakes received a bachelor's degree in 1949 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, N.Y. He earned a master's degree in physics in 1950 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


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Robert D. Adams

Power engineer, former IEEE region director

MEMBER GRADE: Life Senior Member

AGE: 75

DIED: 2 May

Robert D. Adams spent most of his career working in the power industry and was an active IEEE volunteer.

He began his career in 1958 at East Kentucky Power Cooperative, headquartered in Winchester, as an assistant systems operator. In 1969, he became an aerosystems engineer on the F-111 fighter-bomber aircraft at General Dynamics Corp., in Fort Worth, Texas. There he helped develop the aircraft's homing device. He left in 1971 to become a district engineer in power systems sales for Westinghouse Electric Corp., in Indiana and Illinois. In 1973, he joined Indianapolis Power and Light Co. as an underground major projects engineer. He left in 1975 to become supervisor of the Metering Standards Laboratory within the company's Special Testing and Demand Metering division. Adams retired in 1997.

He held several IEEE leadership positions, including director of Region 4, IEEE-USA secretary and treasurer, and director of the Central Indiana Section.

Adams received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1968 from the University of Kentucky, Lexington.


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William E. Engeler

Charge-coupled device co-inventor


AGE: 81

DIED: 13 May

William E. Engeler's inventions enabled the development of fax machines, medical imaging equipment, and digital cameras.

He began his career in 1951 as a design engineer for General Electric's semiconductor products department, in Niskayuna, N.Y., leaving in 1955 to serve in the U.S. Army. He returned to GE in 1961, beginning a 40-year career with the Research and Development Center, also in Niskayuna.

In 1967, Engeler filed a patent application with colleague Marvin Garfinkel for a silicon chip later known as a charge-coupled device, which takes in light rays and produces an electric signal. The two men were awarded a patent for the chip's storage process.

Engeler was on the team that invented the Epicon silicon diode array for a television camera tube, and he helped develop capacitor-storage technology applicable to digital television. He advanced the technology for fabricating high-speed integrated circuits and contributed to building the first high-power gallium arsenide laser.

Engeler received a bachelor's degree in physics from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (now the Polytechnic Institute of New York University) and a master's degree and Ph.D. in physics from Syracuse University, in New York.

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