Mel Breuer, professor in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, received the 2011 Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society Test Technology Technical Council (TTTC) Lifetime Contribution Medal. The Lifetime Contribution Medal is the highest level award given by IEEE for technical achievements in testing electronic devices, circuits and systems. It recognizes outstanding technical contributions that have made a fundamental impact on test technology. The award was presented at the Plenary Session of the 2011 IEEE International Test Conference on September 20, 2011 in Anaheim, California.
Mel received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1965. He is currently professor of electrical engineering and computer science at USC, and holds the Charles Lee Powell Chair. He has taught and supervised numerous undergraduate and graduate students and has developed new curricula in the areas of design automation, test, and the mathematics related to these areas.
His main research interests are in computer-aided design of digital systems, design-for-test and built-in self-test, and VLSI circuits. He has published more than 200 technical papers and written several books. He is an IEEE Fellow, was a Fulbright-Hays scholar, and received the 1991 Associates Award for Creativity in Research and Scholarship from USC, and the 1991 USC School of Engineering Award for Exceptional Service. He also received the IEEE Computer Society's 1993 Taylor L. Booth Education Award, the first (2000) Engineering Faculty Council Award for Outstanding Meritorious Service to the USC School of Engineering, and the 2011 European Design and Automation Association (EDAA) Lifetime Achievement Award.
Alexander (Sandy) Sawchuk, Chair of the Ming Hsieh EE-Systems Department, commented: "We are very proud of Mel and his many contributions to testing of electronic devices and circuits. The (IEEE) Computer Society Test Technology Technical Council (TTTC) Lifetime Contribution Medal is a well-earned recognition of his achievements, and our faculty joins me in congratulating him."