Academic Genealogy

Trace the following academic genealogy links and discover my academic root at the Wikipedia page of Thomas Alva Edison!

Carl K. Chang

Ph.D. Northwestern University

Dissertation Title: Incremental Modification of Computer Programs

Faculty: University of Illinois at Chicago, Auburn University, Iowa State University


Was Advised By:

Stephen S. Yau

Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Faculty: Northwestern University

Highlights: President, IEEE Computer Society (1974-75); President AFIPS (1985-86); Recipient of IEEE Centennial Medal; Recipient of IEEE Richard E. Merwin Medal

Was Advised By:

Mac Elwyn Van Valkenburg

Ph.D. Stanford University

Dissertation Title: Polarization and Fading Studies of Meteoric Radio Echoes

Faculty: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Highlights: Member of the National Academy of Engineering; Recipient of the 1984 IEEE Centennial Medal

Was Advised By:

Oswald Garrison Villard, Jr.

Ph. D. Stanford University

Dissertation Title: A New Technique for Studying Meteors and the Upper Atmosphere

Faculty: Stanford University

Highlights: Member of both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering

Was Advised By:

Frederick E. Terman

Sc.D. M.I.T.

Dissertation Title: Characteristics and Stability of Transmission Systems

Faculty: Stanford University

Highlights: Widely known (with William Shockley) as the father of Silicon Valley
Founding member of the National Academy of Engineering

Was Advised By:

Vannevar Bush

Ph.D. M.I.T. & Harvard

Dissertation Title: Oscillating-current Circuits: An Extension of the Theory of Generalized Angular Velocities, with Applications to the Coupled Circuit and the Artificial Transmission Line

Faculty: M.I.T.

Highlights: The first presidential science advisor (FDR); primary organizer of the Manhattan Project; proposed the Creation of the National Science Foundation

Was Advised By:

Arthur E. Kennelly

Apprenticed in Thomas Edison's West Orange lab; served as president of both the AIEE and the IRE, predecessor of IEEE

Faculty: M.I.T. & Harvard

Was Apprenticed By:

Thomas Edison

Self taught!


Credit is due to Mehdi Morakhorli of Rochester Institute of Technology, advised by Jane Cleland-Huang of University of Notre Dame who in turn was advised by Carl K. Chang. Mehdi constructed the first version of our common Academic Genealogy.