M.E. Van Valkenburg Graduate Research Award
M.E. Van Valkenburg
Mac Van Valkenburg earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Utah in 1943, a master's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1946, and a doctorate from Stanford University in 1952, all in electrical engineering.
Dr. Van Valkenburg joined the faculty at the University of Illinois in 1955. From 1966 to 1974, he served as professor and head of electrical engineering at Princeton University before returning to the U of I. In 1982, Van Valkenburg was named to the college's first endowed chair known as the W. W. Grainger Professorship. In 1984, he was appointed Dean of the College of Engineering. During the 1980's, Mac helped steer the institution to national prominence during a "renaissance in engineering."
He was author of seven textbooks. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Van Valkenburg received the Lamme Medal, the highest honor of the American Society for Engineering Education; the George Westinghouse Award from the same organization; the Education Medal of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; and the Halliburton Engineering Education Leadership Award of the UI engineering college.
Mac Van Valkenburg died in Orem, Utah on March 13, 1997.
In 1986 a fund was established on the occasion of the 65th birthday of Mac Van Valkenburg, with income from the fund to be used to provide a fellowship in his honor. Mac Van Valkenburg symbolizes the highest quality of engineering education in Illinois and, indeed, in the country. The award, which is given annually to one or two outstanding PhD candidates, carries a minimum $5,000 stipend.
- The award recipient shall be enrolled in the PhD program of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
- The award recipient shall have successfully passed his or her qualifying exam.
- The award recipient shall have demonstrated excellence in research in the areas of circuits, systems, or computers.
- Applicants must not be graduating before May of the next calendar year.
The online application form will be advertised on My.ECE. A complete application should consist of the student’s resume, his/her list of publications, and 2 letters of recommendation (one from the research adviser). Applications will be due in November.
All applications for the Award will be judged by the ECE Graduate Fellowship Committee based on the above criteria.
The recipient(s) will be recognized during an annual Student Awards Banquet. All student recipients are featured on the second floor of the ECE Building's Student Honors Wall.
Past Recipients of the Award
|2019-2020||Sheng Shen, Karim Moataz Mohamed Mahmoud Ali Megawer, Suraj Sanjay Jog, Jonathan Edward Hoff, Sujan Kumar Gonugondla|
|2018-2019||Mostafa Ahmed, Chuchu Fan, Jonathan Hoff|
|2016-2017||Ahmed Elkholy, Xun "Stevo" Jian|
|2015-2016||Tejasvi Anand, Nirupam Roy|
|2014-2015||Stanton Cady, Kuo-Hsuan Meng|
|2013-2014||Javad Ghaderi Dehkordi, Sreeram Kannan|
|2011-2012||Justin Haldar, Prateek Mittal|
|2010-2011||Diego Hernando, Wenbo Liu|
|2008-2009||Ali Davoudi, Yun Fu|
|2006-2007||Tie Liu, Ming Zhang|
|2005-2006||Yingbin Liang, Byonghyo Shim, Lingxiao Zhang|
|2004-2005||Jean-Francois Chamberland, Sami R. Hyvonen|
|2003-2004||Rong Rong Chen|
|2001-2002||Rakesh Dugad, Xiang Zhou|
|2000-2001||Jia Ru Li|
|1999-2000||Samit Basu, Daniel L. Marks|