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    EEDA Lifetime Achievement Award             Engineer's Council Educator of the Year Award

  • Life Fellow of IEEE
    “For contributions to design-automation and fault-tolerant computing”

  • 1959-1960 Telemeter -- Magnetics Scholarship

  • 1972 Fulbright-Hays scholar

  • 1991 Associates Award for Creativity in Research and Scholarship from the University of Southern California
    “Melvin A. Breuer, Professor of Electrical Engineering Systems, is one of the giants in the field of computer-aided design, or CAD. Professor Breuer published the first book on digital systems CAD, which stimulated a burst of research activity in the field. His second book <on test> served as the standard textbook for over a decade, and his recent update promises to do likewise.
    Professor Breuer has made significant contributions both in design automation of digital systems and in testing and testable design of digital systems. His research in the area of design automation led to standards in partitioning, placement, and routing of digital systems, and his algorithms can be found in most CAD systems used in industry today. In the design of testable digital systems, Professor Breuer’s contribution to the general framework for modeling design-for-test and built-in self-test techniques has allowed complex integrated circuits to be made testable.
    For his pioneering work in computer-aided design, the University is proud to honor Melvin Breuer with the USC Associates Award for Creativity in Research and Scholarship.”

  • 1991 USC School of Engineering Award for Exceptional Service

  • 1993 IEEE Computer Society’s Taylor L. Booth Education Award
    “For outstanding contributions to the fields of design automation and testing by writing and editing three major text, developing related curriculum, and the training of future educators and scholars.
    A medal and honorarium are awarded for an outstanding record in computer science and engineering education. The individual must meet two or more of the following criteria in the computer science and engineering field:
    1. Achieving recognition as a teacher of renown.
    2. Writing an influential text.
    3. Leading, inspiring or providing significant education content during the creation of a curriculum in the field.
    4. Inspiring others to a career in computer science and engineering education.

  • 1996 International Test Conference Honorary Mention, Best Paper Award,

  • 2003 Okawa Foundation Research Grant in support of research to “Increase the effective yield of VLSI chips via design and test”

  • The first (2000) Engineering Faculty Council Award for Outstanding Meritorious Service to the USC School of Engineering.
    “For outstanding meritorious service to the University of Southern California School of Engineering, for his efforts in enhancing faculty governance, maintaining integrity under difficult times, and breathing new life into the engineering faculty Council.”

  • 2011 European Design and Automation Association (EDAA) Lifetime Achievement Award
    “Mel Breuer can be called a renaissance man and an innovator in the area of computer-aided design (CAD) and testing of digital systems. He has contributed to the growth of the field of electronic design automation from the early days and has performed pioneering work and long-lasting results.”

  • 2011 John J. Guarrera Engineering Educator of the Year Award
    “This award recognizes Professor Melvin Breuer’s exemplary leadership and contributions as an educator, researcher, scholar and administrator over four decades, and his job as serving as a role model who inspires and supports students.”

  • 2011 The Engineers' Council Educator of the Year Award