Prof. Bob Metcalfe of Texas ECE has been elevated to IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN) Eminent Member, the highest membership category of the honor society. Eta Kappa Nu established the Eminent Member recognition in 1950 as the society’s highest membership classification. It is to be conferred upon those select few whose attainments and contributions to society through leadership in the fields of electrical and computer engineering have resulted in significant benefits to humankind. Since 1950, only 134 individuals have been selected to receive this honor. Prof. Metcalfe first joined IEEE-HKN in 1968.
Prof. Metcalfe is the Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Murchison Fellow of Free Entreprise in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He is an Internet pioneer and entrepreneur, founding and growing the multibillion-dollar networking company 3Com, now part of Hewlett-Packard. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and, in 2003, received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.