Engineering Dean Linda Katehi

We are honored to introduce in these pages the Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineers for 2004. Orison Swett Marden, the American author and journalist, reminds us, “All men who have achieved great things have been dreamers.” The individuals we recognize as Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineers, through their vision and imagination and dreams, have contributed not only to their profession but also to the larger realm of discovery to meet the challenges of today’s rapidly changing world. Through their achievements, these exemplary alumni embody the highest standards of Purdue University.

Linda P. B. Katehi
John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering


ECE Head Mark Smith

The recipients of this year’s Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Awards are pioneers, explorers, entrepreneurs, and leaders—collectively a cadre of superior engineers whose stellar achievements have led us across the boundary of the 20th century into the 21st. The alumni we honor here have carried the knowledge, skills, and leadership they acquired at Purdue out into the larger global arena. Their accomplishments have expanded the repository of the world’s cumulative knowledge. We are proud to recognize the extraordinary achievements of those alumni we honor as Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineers.


Mark J. T. Smith
Michael J. and Katherine R. Birck Professor and Head, Electrical and Computer Engineering