Trew and former students awarded Microwave Pioneer Award

Dr. Robert Trew

Dr. Robert Trew

Dr. Robert Trew, the Alton and Mildred Lancaster Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University, and two of his former PhD students will receive the 2014 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Pioneer Award.

The Microwave Pioneer Award recognizes outstanding pioneering technical contributions that advance microwave theory and techniques, which are described in an archival paper published at least 20 years prior to the year of the award. Trew’s paper co-written with Jing-Bang Yan and Philip Mock entitled “The potential of diamond and SiC electronic devices for microwave and millimeter-wave power applications” was published 23 years ago in IEEE Proceedings, vol. 79 in May 1991.

The IEEE recognizes Trew, Yan, and Mock “For Pioneering Contributions to the Theory, Realization, and Application of Wide Bandgap Semiconductor Devices as Microwave and MM-Wave Power Sources and Amplifiers.”

Trew received a BEE degree in electrical engineering from Kettering University in 1968, an MSEE in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1969 and a PhD from the University of Michigan in 1975. He joined the faculty of the College of Engineering at NC State in 1976 and served as head of electrical and computer engineering at NC State from 2003-2008.