Lynn Conway
Microelectronics pioneer, engineering innovator, and
accomplished academician, you have made fundamental
contributions to integrated circuitry and system designs
that accelerate the dispersal of new ideas throughout
the engineering community. For two decades, first at
IBM Research and later at the Xerox Palo Al to Research
Center, you made major research contributions to
ultra-high performance computers and knowledge
engineering methodology. Your innovative research
led to a new generation of microelectronic systems
known for ease of design and implementation. Joining
the Defense Department's research arm in 1983, you
were one of the founders and technical architects of a
strategic computing initiative to develop a wide range
of machine intelligence technology. Today, as professor
of electrical engineering and computer science, and
associate dean of the College of Engineering at the
University of Michigan, you spur educational and
research initiatives to integrate artificial intelligence
into mechanical systems. Co-author of the classic text
on very large-scale integrated chip design, you are also
a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineers and a member of the National Academy of
Engineering and of the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Air
Force Academy. For your abiding curiosity, your
cogent insights, and your inspiration to generations of
engineers, we have the honor to confer on you, Lynn
Conway, the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters,
honoris causa.
Evan S. Dobelle
Thomas S. Johnson
Chairman of the Board
November 7, 1997