National Academy of Engineering Member Elections
The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected 67 new members and 12 foreign members for 2015. Dr. Harry Van Trees, USMA ’52, was among the newly elected members for contributions to detection, estimation, and modulation theory and leadership of defense communication systems.
Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature," and to the "pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."
Congratulations Dr. Van Trees!
From left to right, COL Lisa Shay, EE Program Director, Dr. Harry Van Trees, and Mrs. Diane Van Trees.
Inauguration of the Harry and Diane Van Trees Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Endowment
The Harry and Diane Van Trees Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Endowment is a gift from Dr. and Mrs. Harry Van Trees, USMA ’52. Dr. Van Trees graduated first in the Class of 1952, received his Sc.D. from M.I.T. and became a Professor of Electrical Engineering at M.I.T. He authored a four-volume series of Detection and Estimation Theory which educated three generations of engineers on the theory underlying all radar, sonar, and missile defense systems, such as Iron Dome. He served as Chief Scientist of both the US Air Force and the Defense Communications Agency. Later, as Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense (C3I), he originated the MILSTAR satellite system. Their endowment supports the EECS Department by funding superb Cadet Professional Development Program opportunities that would otherwise be impossible. The mission of EECS is to educate and inspire cadets to be leaders of character, prepared to think critically and apply engineering and technology expertise as Army Officers.
Dr. Harry Van Trees presenting the Superintendent, LTG Caslen, with a contribution to the endowment. At left is Mrs. Diane Van Trees and at right is COL Eugene Ressler, EECS Department Head.
Each year, the graduating cadet in the Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or Information Technology major whose accomplishments best exemplify achievement and initiative in professional development will be recognized through the Harry and Diane Van Trees Cadet Professional Development Award, which is a mounted cadet saber presented at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Graduation Awards ceremony.