Ming Hsieh Electrical Engineering Department faculty member Mel Breuer has been named the recipient of the John J. Guarrera Engineering Educator of the Year award from the Engineering Council of the San Fernando Valley. This award recognizes his 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. The award will be presented in commemoration of National Engineer's Week at the Council's Annual Awards Banquet on February 26, 2011.
Breuer received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1965. He is currently a professor of both electrical engineering and computer science at USC, and holds the Charles Lee Powell Chair. He has taught and supervised numerous undergraduate and graduate students and has developed new curricula in the areas of design automation, test, and the mathematics related to these areas.
His main interests are in the area of computer-aided design of digital systems, design-for-test and built-in self-test, and VLSI circuits. He has published over 200 technical papers and written several books. He is an IEEE Fellow, was a Fulbright-Hays scholar, and received the 1991 Associates Award for Creativity in Research and Scholarship from USC, and the 1991 USC School of Engineering Award for Exceptional Service.
He also received the IEEE Computer Society's 1993 Taylor L. Booth Education Award, the first (2000) Engineering Faculty Council Award for Outstanding Meritorious Service to the USC School of Engineering, and the 2011 European Design and Automation Association (EDAA) Lifetime Achievement Award.