Hall of Fame
Steven Sasson, for the invention of the digital camera.
- Steven Sasson was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President Obama for the invention of the digital camera, which has revolutionized the way images are captured, stored, and shared, thereby creating new opportunities for commerce, education, and improved worldwide communication.
Dr. Marcian E. “Ted” Hoff, Jr., for the first microcomputer.
- Ted Hoff was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President Obama for the conception, design, development, and application of the first microcomputer. The subsequent commercial acceptance of this universal building block enabled a multitude of novel digital electronic systems.
Dr. B. Jayant “Jay” Baliga, for the invention of the Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor.
- Jay Baliga was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President Obama for “development and commercialization of the Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor and other power semiconductor devices that are extensively used in transportation, lighting, medicine, defense, and renewable energy generation systems.”
Dr. Nambirajan (Nambi) Seshadri, for contributions to wireless communications theory and the development of mass market wireless technology.
- Nambi Seshadri was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for his contributions to wireless communications, an honor considered among the highest of professional engineering distinctions.
Douglas Mercer, for extensive contributions
to the design and development of analog-digital converters and high performance electronics.
- Doug Mercer has been awarded more than a dozen patents for his pioneering work in analog-digital conversion; it is virtually impossible to make a cell phone call without encountering something of his design. He has also contributed to innovative engineering education at Rensselaer and elsewhere.
Dr. Peter Hart, for the invention of the A* search algorithm, and contributions to pattern recognition and engineering education.
- Peter Hart invented the A* search algorithm, which lies at the heart of every GPS router and the paths of characters in most video games. He also coauthored what is widely considered the definitive textbook in pattern recognition. He was the founding director of the Fairchild/Schlumberger Artificial Intelligence Center and co-founder of Syntelligence. In 1997 he founded Ricoh Innovations, for whom he is now an Executive Advisor. He holds more than 100 US and foreign patents.
Allen DuMont, for the development of the first long-lasting scanning cathode ray tube, leading directly to the invention of television.
- In 1931, Allen DuMont developed an improved version of the cathode ray tube that was both cheaper to produce and longer lasting than the existing German tubes then available. He produced the first all-electronic television set in 1939. He founded the DuMont TV network in 1948, among the world’s pioneers and among the first in the United States. It was also the only TV network not to spring from a preexisting radio network. In 1915, DuMont received a first class commercial radio operator’s license, the youngest to do so – at age 14.
Hermann Haus, for seminal contributions to the understanding of quantum optics, instrumental to the development of medical imaging, laser surgery, and optical communications.
- Hermann Haus’ research and teaching covered fundamental investigations of quantum uncertainty in optical communications to the practical generation of ultra-short optical pulses. In 1994 the Optical Society of America awarded Dr. Haus its Frederic Ives Medal, their highest honor. He was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1995 and adopted in the Rensselaer Hall of Fame in 2007. He was an Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Alan Borck, for lifelong contributions to the development and manufacturing of RF and microwave components.
- Alan Borck founded RLC Electronics, a leading supplier of high-end radio frequency and microwave components in 1959. The firm’s current product line includes coaxial switches, filters, attenuators, couplers, power dividers, detectors, and other transmission line components. RLC products find wide application in telecommunications platforms, calibration services, and automatic test equipment, among others. He maintained a lifelong connection with ECSE until his death in 2013.