Memories and Recollections: and How to Move a College
Prof. Masnari is visiting Michigan as a special Homecoming guest of the College of Engineering and will give this lecture during his visit. He is the ECE Alumni Merit Award Winner for 2009.
Professor Masnari started out as a freshman in engineering at U-M, and quickly became a Michigan man. He spent 26 years as a student and faculty member in the EE/ECE department at the University of Michigan before leaving for NC State University in 1979 where he remained for the rest of his career, serving both as Department Head and Dean of Engineering. At NC State, he was also the founding director of the NSF Engineering Research Center on Advanced Electronic Materials Processing and the SEMATECH Center of Excellence on Advanced Single Wafer Processing.
Dr. Masnari will reflect on his time at Michigan, where he involved with the Electron Tube Lab as an undergraduate student. This lab evolved into the Electron Physics Lab, and finally the Solid State Electronics Laboratory. He was part of the lengthy transition of Engineering from Central Campus to North Campus, and in an interesting twist of fate, as Dean he found himself in a similar situation at NC State University.
During his 10 years as Dean, he oversaw significant growth in undergraduate and graduate enrollment, in graduate degrees issued, in research funding, and scholarship funding. In 2000, the college received the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM).
Prof. Nino Masnari (BSE, MSE, PhD, EE 58, 59, 64) is a Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NC State University. He was a faculty member (1969-1979) and Director of the Electron Physics Laboratory (1977-79) at U-M before moving to NC State in 1979 as Head of the Electrical Engineering Department. In 1988 he became the founding director of the NSF Engineering Research Center on Advanced Electronic Materials Processing and the SEMATECH Center of Excellence on Advanced Single Wafer Processing. He subsequently was appointed Dean of Engineering at NC State in 1996, and returned to the ECE department in 2006.