The IEEE Founders Medal is given each year to an individual or to a group of up to three people. It is given, according to IEEE, “for outstanding contributions in the leadership, planning, and administration of affairs of great value to the electrical and electronics engineering profession.”
“We applaud IEEE for awarding the Founders Medal to Paul Gray,” said MIT President Susan Hockfield, “for more than four decades of innovative thinking and visionary leadership in advancing engineering education. At every stage in his career, from instructor to professor, president to chairman of the MIT Corporation, Paul Gray has served as both a role model for rising engineers and a pioneer in designing new ways to teach them. With dedication, humanity, integrity and courage, he championed bold new principles and approaches that continue to shape how engineering is taught and practiced around the world."
Gray has been at MIT almost continuously for more than half a century. He earned bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering starting in 1954 and then rose through the faculty ranks to become professor in 1967. Gray held several administrative roles ranging from associate dean to chancellor before becoming MIT's 14th president in 1980. After stepping down as president, Gray served as chair of the Corporation from 1990 to 1997 and then resumed his teaching and advising activities. He is a professor of electrical engineering, emeritus.
Recent MIT recipients of the Founders Medal include Institute Professor and Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering Mildred Dresselhaus (2004) and alumnus and MIT Corporation member Raymond S. Stata (2003).
Gray will be awarded his medal at the 2010 IEEE Honors Ceremony on June 26 in Montreal, Canada.
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