IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society Establishes the James D. Meindl Memorial Educational Fund

Following the passing of Professor James D. Meindl in June 2020 at the age of 87, the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) has honored the industry giant by establishing the “IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society James D. Meindl Memorial Educational Fund,” which will enable SSCS to encourage, nurture and celebrate students and early career innovators in the field of solid-state circuits. The Meindl Memorial Educational Fund was formally announced at the 2021 ISSCC Conference opening session on 15 February.

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, US who was considered one of the founding fathers of Silicon Valley, Meindl earned B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA, US) and went on to work with industry pioneers to explore and develop the then-emerging field of integrated circuits. Among his many career accomplishments, Meindl’s innovations in the area of low-power integrated circuits helped revolutionize the fields of biomedical research and ultrasonic imaging. As an esteemed instructor at Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA, US), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY, US), and Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA, US), Meindl served in a range of executive-level leadership roles and mentored more than 90 Ph.D. candidates. Meindl received the 2006 IEEE Medal of Honor and was an active IEEE member who served as a Past President of the SSCS, founding editor of the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, and chair of the 1966 and 1969 International Solid-State Circuits Conference.

In addition to promoting awareness of and building excitement for the dynamic field of solid-state circuits, the Meindl Memorial Educational Fund will honor Professor Meindl’s entrepreneurial spirit and passion for mentoring students while helping to support innovative projects that have real-world impact on industry and humanity.

A special feature about Meindl appears in the Winter 2021 issue of IEEE Solid-State Circuits Magazine. You can donate to the James D. Meindl Memorial Educational Fund online.

The IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society James D. Meindl Memorial Educational Fund is one of the more than 200 donor designated funds managed by the IEEE Foundation.

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