The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced the class of 2013 National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees. Four of this year’s inductees are Tau Bates. They are: (read the press release or see the full list)
Donald L. Bitzer, Ph.D., – (IL A ’55) co-inventor of the plasma display, is largely regarded as the “father of PLATO,” the computer system. PLATO is the first system to combine graphics and touch-sensitive screens.
Irwin M. Jacobs, Sc.D., – (NY D ’56) co-founder of Qualcomm and major contributor to code division multiple access (CDMA) technology.
Robert A. Moog, Ph.D., – (NY A ’57) introduced first complete voltage controlled modular synthesizer, an instrument capable of producing a wide variety of electronic sounds. The Moog synthesizer helped revolutionize the face of music. He passed away in 2005.
Andrew J. Viterbi, Ph.D., – (MA B ’57) co-founder of Qualcomm and major contributor to code division multiple access (CDMA) technology. Founder of The Viterbi Group.
The Alamogordo Daily News (NM) is reporting that semi-retired engineer Merrie Lee Soules, OH E ’77, has announced her intention to run for the state of New Mexico’s Public Regulation Commission. Currently, she works part-time at Trax International. Soules has a degree in electrical engineering from Cleveland State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard. Read the article
LeTourneau University (TX) has announced that former NASA astronaut Byron K. Lichtenberg, Ph.D. (RI A ’69), will join the University’s faculty this fall semester as a visiting scholar. Dr. Lichtenberg received his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Brown University. In addition to being a payload specialist for STS-9 and STS-45, he is also a decorated fighter pilot, a former researcher at MIT, and a former captain for Southwest Airlines. Read more here