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Spring 2001



Ferari Named Vice Provost

Leonard Ferrari, department head from 1995-2000, has been appointed vice provost for special initiatives. In his new position, Ferrari will lead the development of several large footprint programs for the university. He currently serves as interim director of therecently founded Institute for Infor-(Continued from page 1.) mation Technology and has assumed the leadership position in the development of a university-wide microelectronics program.

While department head, Ferrari initiated a number of successful efforts, including the Virtual Corporation, the Alexandria Research Institute, the microelectronics program, programs to encourage women engineering students, and the Master of Information Technology degree program. He also lifted the cap on enrollment of CPE students, and BS CPE graduates increased from 43 to 129. During his tenure as head, the ECE department research expenditures grew from $6 million to more than $20 million last year.

Ferrari came to Tech from the University of California, Irvine, where he was a professor Electrical and Computer Engineering, with joint appointments in the departments of Information and Computer Sciences and Radiological Sciences. He served as chair of the ECE department at UC Irvine from 1990-93, and served as director of an NSF Center for High Speed Image Processing from 1990-95 Ferrari's specialty is signal and image processing. He earned his Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Irvine in 1980; his MSEE degree from Northeastern University in 1967; and BSEE degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1963.


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