The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering recognizes exceptional faculty and staff with awards commending their great successes and the appreciation of their colleagues.
The ECE Fellow is reserved for individuals who substantially contribute to the department's mission. Recipients may be external or internal.
Long-time External Advisory Committee member and UT ECE alumnus, Mark Papermaster, was named an ECE Fellow. Papermaster has over 25 years of experience of product and technology experience. In the late 90's Papermaster was one of the main drivers and architects of the PowerPC 630 processor used in IBM mainframe computers. Since then, he has authored many papers on chip design and is generally regarded as one of the leaders in the chip design field. Papermaster worked at IBM from 1982-2008. His previously served as VP of IBM's blade server division.
Dr. Bruce McCann was named an ECE Fellow at the Fall 2008 Fall Graduating Seniors and External Advisory Committee Banquet. Dr. McCann was recognized for his hard work and dedication to teaching at all levels. Dr. McCann has long taught freshman-level classes, as well as master's courses for working professionals. He also made a large contribution to upgrading our senior design course, EE 364 and 464.
Dean Streetman served 12 years as Dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering. Dr. Streetman received his doctorate at UT-Austin in EE in 1966 and taught in the Electrical Engineering department here before his appointment as dean. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a new recipient of the ECE Fellow medal.
Gary Daniels joined the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department in 1999 as an Adjunct Assistant Professor. He received his BSEE degree from the University of New Mexico and did graduate work at Arizona State University. Daniels worked for Sandia National Labs for 6 years and Motorola Semiconductor for 32 years, where he retired as Senior VP and General Manager of the Microcontroller Division. He was a consultant for Silicon Laboratories from 2003-2005. Since 1999, he has served as a member of the Board of Directors for National Instruments. He was a member of the State of Texas Advisory Committee on Research Programs 2000-2004. He is a member of the IEEE and ASEE professional societies.
William (Bill) Bard attended graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin. He studied physical chemistry and earned master's degree in Computer Sciences in 1969 and in Electrical Engineering in 1976.
He has been employed continuously by the University of Texas since 1966 in positions including teaching assistant, lead operating system development specialist, digital system design engineer, manager of computer maintenance, and associate director for technical affairs. He is jointly the Deputy Director of the Computation Center and the Director of the UT System Office of Telecommunication Services. In these roles, he is responsible for computer networking at UT Austin and the UT System-wide voice, video, and computer network. These responsibilities include the state-wide Texas Higher Education network (THEnet) and the state's K-12 network, the Texas Education Network (TENET).
Bill is a Professional Engineer and a member of the IEEE, ACM, and Internet Society. He has served as the chair of the Greater Austin Area Telecommunications network since 1997. He is also the associate director of UT's Center for Telecommunications and Digital Signal Processing Research. His avocations include triathloning and information system security.
When Schlumberger created an institutional ambassador program four years ago, W. Howard Neal (B.S.E.E. 1971, M.S.E.E. 1973)-then vice president of software strategy for oilfield services-discovered a world of new opportunities. The petroleum industry giant had identified 40 universities internationally where it wanted to establish formal relationships, and UT was on the list. Shortly thereafter, the program's coordinator recruited him as ambassador to his alma mater.
Today Neal has a new position at Schlumberger, vice president of industrial relations, in which he devotes two-thirds of his time to The University. His UT projects range from developing a strategic plan for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and working to launch the new Industrial Affiliates program to teaching a section of EE 302: Introduction to Electrical Engineering.
Mark McDermott is currently a Research Fellow and Adjunct Faculty in ECE Department at the University of Texas, where he teaches graduate level courses in VLSI design, System-on-Chip design and technical entrepreneurship. His current interests include research on methodologies to improve design and verification productivity in silicon system design.