Professorship: Henry Magnuski Professor of
Electrical and Computer Engineering

ECE alumnus H.S. "Hank" Magnuski (BSEE '65) and his wife Cynthia Jose established the Magnuski Professorship in ECE as a way to honor Hank's father, Henry, a longtime Motorola employee who designed the circuits that were used in the first portable FM two-way radios, or walkie-talkies. A native of Poland, Henry Magnuski fled his homeland in 1939, shortly before the Nazi invasion. He accumulated 30 patents in VHF and microwave communications during his career. He died in 1978.

An entrepreneur, Hank Magnuski invented PC-to-fax technology and cofounded GammaLink Co. to commercialize his discovery. Among the fastest growing privately held companies in the United States in 1989, GammaLink was ultimately acquired by Intel in 1999. In 1998, Magnuski cofounded NCast Corp., which is developing reliable and easy ways for people to communicate over the Internet.

Faculty: Richard Blahut

ECE Professor Richard Blahut

A National Academy of Engineering member and internationally known expert on information theory and error control codes, Richard Blahut joined the ECE faculty in 1994 after a successful 30-year career at IBM. Blahut has written seven advanced textbooks and monographs.

"I thank the Magnuski family for making this [award] possible," Blahut said at the investiture. "The Magnuski name is now linked to mine and I hope that they will be satisfied if I use this opportunity to produce an additional series of books."