Inspiring the Future

Celebrating L. Dennis Shapiro
6 August 1933 - 16 February 2021


Michael C. "Mike" WicksL. Dennis Shapiro was a dedicated electronics engineer, researcher, inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

A pioneer in the personal emergency response systems industry, Dennis was dedicated in all he did, including helping people live more safely, building companies that made a difference and patenting new inventions. His patents included innovations in motion detector technology (Aritech Corp), and the premier emergency response alert (Lifeline Systems), that has saved countless lives and to this day enables elderly people and others with medical needs to live independently.

Shapiro was an IEEE Life Fellow, elevated in 2013 for development and commercialization of personal emergency response systems. He was a member of IEEE Communications and Consumer Technologies Societies, and served on the boards of both. He founded the Boston chapter of Consumer Technology Society and spearheaded an effort to reinvigorate the society, which included a rebranding effort. Shapiro served on the IEEE Foundation Board from 2019 through January 2021. He was a US veteran, an avid collector and generous philanthropist.

The IEEE L. Dennis Shapiro Collection Fund was established to perpetuate and honor Dennis’ passion for collecting historical artifacts and promoting the heritage of electrical engineering through the work of the IEEE History Center.

Donations to the Fund will support the acquisition of objects and artifacts that enhance and complement the Center's holdings. The Center will use the materials for exhibits and historical publications designed for the education and enjoyment of the IEEE members and the public. The objects and artifacts collected thanks to the donations to the Fund will be noted as part of the L. Dennis Shapiro Collection when referenced in exhibits and publications.

Donate today to honor Dennis’ passion for collecting and commitment to advancing the preservation and promulgation of the history of technology through objects and artifacts.

If you have questions or wish to hold a personal consultation regarding the Fund or ways to contribute, please call +1-732-562-5446 or email donate@ieee.org.

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