Lynn A. Conway
Regents’ Proceedings, December 1998:
Lynn A. Conway, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, will retire from active faculty status on December 31, 1998.
Professor Conway received her B.S. and M.S.E.E. degrees, in 1962 and 1963, respectively, from Columbia University. Between 1964-85, she worked at IBM, Memorex Corporation, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, and at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), with service as a visiting associate professor at M.I.T. in 1978. She joined the University of Michigan in 1985 as professor of electrical engineering and computer science and associate dean of the College of Engineering.
At IBM, Professor Conway contributed major innovations to super computer system architecture. At Xerox, she became internationally known as a pioneer of microelectronics for innovations in design methods that influenced VLSI chip design worldwide. She also co-authored the classic textbook, Introduction to VLSI Systems and developed the "MOSIS" system, a national infrastructure for rapid prototyping of VLSI chips by universities and research organizations. Later, at DARPA, she was the technical architect and leader of planning for the defense department's Strategic Computing Initiative, a major research program aimed at innovation in machine intelligence technology.
As associate dean in the College of Engineering, Professor Conway contributed to many research and instructional initiatives during the period of rapid expansion of the College of Engineering on North Campus in the late 1980s and early 1990s, including leading the college's efforts in development, planning, and design of the Media Union. In recent years, she focused on the emerging area of visual communications and control, leading to five U.S. patents for her inventions.
Among the many awards Professor Conway has received during her 35-year career are the Wetherill Medal of the Franklin Institute, the Meritorious Achievement Award from the Secretary of Defense, the National Achievement Award of the Society of Women Engineers, an honorary doctorate from Trinity College, election as a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and election to the National Academy of Engineering.
The Regents now salute this faculty member by naming Lynn A. Conway professor emerita of electrical engineering and computer science.