IEEE-USA President-Elect Dr. Russell Lefevre will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters from his alma mater, the University of North Dakota (UND), on Saturday 12 May.
Lefevre, an IEEE Life Fellow who lives in Redondo Beach, Calif., is being honored alongside fellow UND alumnus Laurel Reuter, founder and director of the North Dakota Museum of Art. Both are North Dakota natives.
Lefevre has more than 30 years of experience as a radar system engineer. He was the lead engineer for the first Navy airborne multi-mode radar while working for Hughes Aircraft Company. At Technology Service Corporation, his activities included identifying advanced technologies, performing research and development on promising new applications, developing business opportunities and strategies, and organizing proposal activities. He was largely responsible for receiving over 80 Small Business Innovation Research Program awards.
Lefevre holds a B.S. and M.S. in physics from UND. He earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Chair of the IEEE New Technology Directions Committee, Lefevre will succeed John Meredith as IEEE-USA president on 1 January 2008.
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