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Marvin White named Distinguished Alumnus

Marvin White was Marvin Whitehonored with a distinguished alumnus award by the Ohio State College of Engineering at the 2011 Excellence in Engineering & Architecture Alumni Awards. White, who received his PhD in electrical engineering from Ohio State in 1969, is a professor in Ohio State’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a member of the ECE Alumni Society. His research areas are nanoelectronic devices and circuits.

From 1961 to 1981, White worked at the Westinghouse Space and Defense Center, rising from associate to advisory engineer. Along with his colleagues, he designed advanced CMOS integrated circuits and developed signal processing techniques such as correlated double sampling for noise suppression in video, and sampled data systems, such as NASA imaging systems. He took a sabbatical from 1966 to 1968 to attend Ohio  State as an instructor and pursue his doctorate in electrical engineering under Prof. Marlin Thurston.

From 1981 to 2010, he was the Sherman Fairchild Professor of Electrical Engineering at Lehigh University, where he was director of the Sherman Fairchild Center and the Nanoelectronics Laboratory. He supervised 34 doctoral students in advanced devices and circuits. During sabbaticals, he was a visiting research scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory (1987-88) and a program director at the National Science Foundation (1995-96) in Solid-State Microstructures.

White has published nearly 300 papers with students and colleagues and acquired 27 U.S. patents. He is an Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Life Fellow and a member of the National Academy of Engineering for his contributions to solid-state imagers and advances in silicon devices and technology. He has received numerous awards, including the 1997 IEEE Electron Devices Society’s J.J. Ebers Award, the 2000 IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics Award, the 2001 IEEE Aldert van der Ziel Award and the 2010 IEEE EDS Distinguished Service Award. He is currently an EDS distinguished national lecturer and vice president of awards.