Ellery B. Paine Outstanding Junior Award
Ellery B. Paine
Prof. Ellery B. Paine was the head of the UI Department of Electrical Engineering for 31 years and was responsible for bringing Joseph Tykociner, the inventor of sound-on-film movies, to the UI after Tykociner left Russia during the revolution of 1917. The new technique was developed in UI laboratories in 1921. At the first public demonstration of sound film, in 1922, Paine was chosen as the subject. "Not being able to think of words worthy of this recording, I decided to repeat Lincoln's Gettysburg Address," he recalled later.
Prof. Paine graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Mass., in 1897. He received a master's degree from the school the following year, and an electrical engineering degree in 1904. As a WPI graduate student he designed and built a transformer that produced higher voltages than had ever before been produced by a single transformer.
He came to the UI in 1907 and became Department Head six years later in 1913. He officially retired in 1944, but remained active in department affairs until his death at the age of 100 on February 28, 1976.
The Ellery B. Paine Outstanding Junior Award has been established by Norman R. Carson, of Seattle, Washington, to honor the memory of Professor Ellery B. Paine, who joined the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering in 1907 and served as Head of the Department from 1913 until his retirement in 1944.
- You must be a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, enrolled in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
- Must be a junior who has completed half of his or her third year in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
- The award recipient should have a grade point average of B or better and be in the top 25% of his or her class.
- Must have demonstrated leadership potential in activities such as social fraternities or sororities, honor societies, publications, military units, bands, local business enterprises, athletics or other similar group activities sponsored by the University or the College of Engineering.
- Evidence of leadership potential demonstrated in secondary school also may be considered in selection of the award recipient.
- If the qualifications of several award candidates are equal, preference shall be given to students studying electric power systems.
The Paine Award is one of four awards in the Department for Juniors. Applications for the award may be submitted online beginning in January of each year. The top candidates are interviewed by a faculty committee.
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
Robert "Tyler" Hansen
|2011-2012||Jie Yee Chan
|2001-2002||Ann C. Lehman|
|2000-2001||Ashley J. Llorens|
|1999-2000||Thomas F. Detwiler|
|1997-1998||Scott A. Scheuber|
|1996-1997||Meghan T. Thornton|
|1994-1995||Robert J. Denardo|
|1993-1994||Deborah M. Shepard|
|1992-1993||Binal J. Patel|
|1991-1992||James R. Janninck|
|1990-1991||Dawn M. Smith|
|1988-1989||Thomas F. Nolan|
|1987-1988||Jennifer P. Taitt|
|1986-1987||Karen P. Lindholm|
|1985-1986||Walter F. Block|