Top Engineering Education Expert to Speak at EDN Innovation Awards

1/6/2005 - EDN Magazine, the premier design publication for electrical engineers, has drawn one of the nation's top authorities on engineering education and global competitiveness for its 15th annual Innovation Awards celebration. Geoffrey C. Orsak, PhD, and Dean of Southern Methodist University School of Engineering, will address semiconductor-industry experts as they gather to honor the year's most significant high-technology advances.

"With Dr. Orsak's academic achievements and the engineering talent represented at the Innovation Awards, we have a perfect mix of talent, intelligence, and creativity to discuss the role engineers can play in driving innovation across the globe," stated Stephen Moylan, EDN vice-president and publishing director. "We are pleased to welcome him to this prestigious industry event."

"When it comes to engineering education, Dr. Geoffrey Orsak is one of the brightest minds in the world and an expert in his own right in the area of signal processing and communications. He has a global view of how the engineering profession is evolving and of the educational obstacles that we face here in North America - starting with the way science and engineering are discouraged in k-12 schools. Geoffrey is an exceptional speaker, and I am confident he will captivate our audience," Maury Wright, EDN editor-at-large added.

In his roles as Dean of the SMU School of Engineering and Executive Director of the federally funded Institute for Engineering Education at the university, Dr. Orsak has founded several nationally recognized programs, including The Infinity Project and Visioneering, that reach millions of students with innovative engineering curricula and educational experiences.

Dr. Orsak is the recipient of the 2001 KPMG High Tech Award and is a frequent commentator on engineering and education. He recently completed service on a National Academy of Engineering blue ribbon panel evaluating the Marine Corps' science and technology programs and has in the past served as a DoD Science and Engineering Advisor through his participation on the Defense Science Study Group sponsored by the Institute for Defense Analysis.

Event Details
The Innovation Awards ceremony will be held from 6:00pm - 10:00pm on Monday, March 7th, 2005, at The Palace Hotel, New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA. Attendees can register for the event at

About the EDN Innovation Awards and Winners
Now in their fifteenth year, the EDN Innovation Awards honor the people, products, and technologies that have shaped the semiconductor industry over the past year. In addition to recognizing the innovators of today, the program also nurtures the award-winning designers of tomorrow through an annual contribution to engineering education. A portion of the proceeds from the Innovation Awards ceremony is donated to the engineering university of the Innovator of the Year's choice.

Prior winners include Advanced Micro Devices, Altera, Agilent Technologies, Analog Devices, Apache Design Solutions, Broadcom, Cadence Design Systems, Cornice, Cypress Semiconductor, Fujitsu Microelectronics, Green Hills Software, International Rectifier, Linear Technology, Mentor Graphics, Motorola, National Instruments, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, The Mathworks, and Vicor Corporation.

About EDN
EDN, the premier design magazine of the electronics industry, is published by Reed Business Information. Headquartered in Newton, Massachusetts, EDN serves the vital information needs of design engineers and engineering managers worldwide. The EDN franchise includes EDN, EDN Europe, EDN Asia, EDN Australia, EDN China, EDN Japan, and

EDN is a publication within Reed Electronics Group, part of Reed Elsevier plc group (NYSE: RUK and ENL) - a world-leading publisher, trade show producer and information provider operating in the science and medical, legal, education and business-to-business industry sectors.

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