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Over the past five years, few public research universities have risen in stature as quickly for both academic excellence and the creation of life-changing technological and medical innovation than the University of Utah.
Dean, College of Engineering, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Richard B. Brown was appointed the eleventh Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Utah in July 2004. He holds appointments as Professor in the School of Computing and the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and adjunct Professor in the Bioengineering Department.
Professor Brown received his B.S. (with highest honors) and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering (computer emphasis) from Brigham Young University in 1976. Following graduation, he was a senior manager in computer-related companies in California and Missouri. In 1985, he received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering (solid-state) from the University of Utah. (He was honored to receive the second ECE Distinguished Young Alumnus Award from the University of Utah in 2003.)
In September 1985, Professor Brown joined the faculty of the University of Michigan's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) where he developed the highly respected integrated circuit design (VLSI) program. Professor Brown has conducted major interdisciplinary research projects in the development of sensors, circuits, and microprocessors.
At the University of Michigan, Professor Brown served as associate chair, then as interim chair of EECS. He has served on NSF, ASME, and DARPA advisory committees for emerging technologies and VSLI education, and on national advisory committees at other universities. He holds 16 patents and consults in the areas of solid-state sensor and microprocessor design. He is a founder of Sensicore, i-sens, and Mobius Microsystems.