Chairs, Professorships, and Faculty Scholars

Professorship: M. E. Van Valkenburg Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering

M. E. Van Valkenburg earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Utah in 1943, an MS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1946, and a PhD from Stanford University in 1952, all in electrical engineering.

Professor Van Valkenburg joined the faculty at Illinois in 1955. From 1966 to 1974, he served as professor and head of electrical engineering at Princeton University before returning to Illinois. In 1984, he became dean of the College of Engineering and, during the 1980's, helped steer the institution to national prominence.

A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Professor Van Valkenburg received the Lamme Medal, the highest honor of the American Society for Engineering Education; the George Westinghouse Award; the Education Medal of the IEEE; and the Halliburton Engineering Education Leadership Award of the College of Engineering. He authored seven textbooks.

Professor Van Valkenburg died in Orem, Utah, on March 13, 1997.

The M. E. Van Valkenburg Professorship in Electrical and Computer Engineering was endowed by a sizeable group of his students, friends, and colleagues.

Faculty: Andreas C. Cangellaris

Andreas C. Cangellaris

Andreas C. Cangellaris received his MS and PhD degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1983 and 1985, respectively. Before joining the faculty at Illinois in 1997, he was an associate professor at the University of Arizona. Prior to that, he was a senior research engineer at the General Motors Research Laboratories in Warren, Michigan.

Professor Cangellaris focuses his research in the area of applied and computational electromagnetics. His research activities include numerical techniques for electromagnetic field modeling; methodologies and computer tools for noise-aware design of the signal and power distribution networks in high-speed/high-frequency integrated circuits; computer-aided modeling of electromagnetic interference effects at the system level; and efficient numerical methodologies for analysis and design of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS).

Professor Cangellaris has co-authored more than 200 journal and conference papers and five book chapters. He also co-authored the book, Multigrid Finite Element Methods for Electromagnetic Field Modeling.

Professor Cangellaris has been recognized for his work through numerous awards including the Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany in 2005, Best Paper Award at the 1999 IEEE Topical Meeting on Electrical Performance of Electronic Packaging, IBM Faculty Partnership Award, and Outstanding Technical Paper Award at the Electronics Packaging Technology Conference in Singapore, in 2000. In 2001 he received the ECE Department Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award.

Professor Cangellaris is an IEEE Fellow. He has served as associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Antennas & Propagation and the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory & Techniques. Currently, he is the editor of the IEEE Press Series on Electromagnetic Wave Theory and associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Advanced Packaging. Professor Cangellaris co-founded the IEEE Topical Meeting on Electrical Performance of Electronic Packaging.