The number of ECE ILLINOIS faculty members.
The William L. Everitt Scholar and Fellow in Electrical and Computer Engineering were established to honor the memory of the former head of the electrical engineering department from 1944-49 as well as the dean of the College of Engineering from 1949-68. The former home of the ECE department, Everitt Laboratory, bears his name.
Dr. Everitt came to the University of Illinois in 1945 after a stint as an assistant professor and professor at Ohio State University. While at Ohio State, he published “Communication Engineering,” which became one of the most widely used textbooks in the field of electronics. He also wrote "Fundamentals of Radio" and edited a 96 book series for Prentice Hall.
He held ten honorary doctorate degrees, receiving nearly every award the profession of electrical engineering and engineering education could bestow. He also received the War Department's Exceptionally Meritorious Civilian Award in 1946 in recognition of his work as director of the operation research staff for the US Army's office of the chief signal officer during WWII. In WWI he served in the Marines.