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Willson, Alan


Alan WillsonAlan N. Willson, Jr., Distinguished Emeritus Professor and Charles P. Reames Chair in Electrical Engineering

National Academy of Engineering, 2014
Vitold Belevitch Award, 2013
Darlington Best Paper Award, 2012
IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award, 2010

Office: 66-147H Engr. IV, Phone: 310.825.7400, Email

 

Biography

Alan N. Willson, Jr. received the B.E.E. degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, in 1961, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Syracuse University in 1965 and 1967, respectively.  From 1961 to 1964 he was with the IBM Corporation in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and was an instructor in electrical engineering at Syracuse University from 1965 to 1967. From 1967 to 1973 he was a member of the technical staff at Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey. Since 1973, Willson has been a faculty member of UCLA where he is now the Charles P. Reames Professor of Electrical Engineering.  He served as assistant dean for Graduate Studies in the School of Engineering and Applied Science from 1977 through 1981, and served as Associate Dean of the School from 1987 through 2001.

Prof. Willson is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the American Society for Engineering Education.  From 1977 to 1979 he served as editor of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems. In 1980 he was General Chairman of the Fourteenth Asilomar Conference on Circuits, Systems, and Computers, and during 1984 he served as president of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society.

Research Interests

Professor Willson's area of research concerns computer-aided circuit analysis and design, the stability of distributed circuits, properties of non-linear networks, theory of active circuits, digital signal processing, and analog circuit fault diagnosis. He is the editor of the book Nonlinear Networks: Theory and Analysis (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Press, 1974.)

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2014 National Academy of Engineering
  • 2013 Vitold Belevitch Award, IEEE Circuits and System Society
  • 2012 Darlington Best Paper Award, IEEE Circuits and System Society
  • 2010 IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award
  • 2009 Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Circuits and Systems Society
  • 2003 Mac Van Valkenburg Award, IEEE Circuits and Systems Society
  • 2000 IEEE Third Millennium Medal
  • 2000 Charles A. Desoer Technical Achievement Award, IEEE Circuits and Systems Society
  • 1994 IEEE W.R.G. Baker Prize Award
  • 1994 Guilleman-Cauer Prize Paper Award, IEEE Circuits and Systems Society
  • 1985 Engineering Merit Award, San Fernando Valley Engineers' Council
  • 1985 IEEE W.R.G. Baker Prize Award
  • 1984 Myril Reed Best Paper Award, Midwest Symp. Circuits and Systems
  • 1982 Distinguished Faculty Award, UCLA Engineering Alumni Association
  • 1982 George Westinghouse Award, American Society for Engineering Education
  • 1979 Guilleman-Cauer Prize Paper Award, IEEE Circuits and Systems Society
  • 1978 IEEE Fellow

Books

  • A. N. Willson, Nonlinear Networks: Theory and Analysis, IEEE Press, NY, 1975.
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