Longtime Missouri S&T professor honored for pioneering work in electromagnetic compatibility

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On August 16, 2022

Dr. Thomas P. Van Doren, professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering at Missouri S&T, has received the Hall of Fame Award from the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Society for his pioneering work in the EMC field.

Dr. Thomas P. Van Doren, professor emeritus of electrical engineering
Dr. Thomas P. Van Doren, professor emeritus of electrical engineering

Van Doren was honored during the IEEE International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility held earlier this month in Spokane, Washington. He was recognized “for a lifetime of exemplary achievement in EMC education.” His accomplishments include developing short courses on grounding and shielding of electronic systems and circuit board layout to reduce noise emission. He taught these and related courses hundreds of times to more than 19,000 engineers and technicians over his 31-year career at S&T and created the first EMC course at Missouri S&T nearly 40 years ago.

“Tom is a true pioneer in the field of electromagnetic compatibility whose popular short courses and commitment to continuing education made Missouri S&T the go-to institution for dozens of companies seeking solutions to electromagnetic interference problems,” says Dr. Daryl Beetner, professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of Missouri S&T’s EMC Laboratory. “All of Tom’s colleagues here at S&T are very pleased with this well-deserved recognition.”

Van Doren is one of the founding members of the Missouri S&T EMC Laboratory, which is widely recognized worldwide as one of the largest and best university labs in the area.

Van Doren earned his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Missouri S&T in 1962, 1963 and 1969, respectively. Following service with the U.S. Army Security Agency, he joined S&T as an instructor of electrical engineering in 1967. He rose through the ranks to become assistant professor in 1969, associate professor in 1977 and professor in 1982. He retired from S&T in 2000.

IEEE, formerly known as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, is the world’s largest technical professional organization. Van Doren became an IEEE Fellow in 2002. He also is an Honorary Life Member of the IEEE EMC Society and a winner of the Richard R. Stoddard Award, the highest technical award given by the IEEE EMC Society. In addition, he is a member of the Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Xi honor societies and the American Society for Engineering Education. In 1996, he was inducted into the Missouri S&T Academy of Electrical Engineers.

About Missouri University of Science and Technology

Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is a STEM-focused research university of over 7,200 students. Part of the four-campus University of Missouri System and located in Rolla, Missouri, Missouri S&T offers 101 degree programs in 40 areas of study and is among the nation’s top 10 universities for return on investment, according to Business Insider. S&T also is home to the Kummer Institute, made possible by a $300 million gift from Fred and June Kummer. For more information about Missouri S&T, visit www.mst.edu.

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5 thoughts on “Longtime Missouri S&T professor honored for pioneering work in electromagnetic compatibility”

  • David G. Sizemore says:

    Great news. He was always well regarded by his peers and students.
    Each year EM becomes more and more important to all of us.

  • larry schnurbusch says:

    I remember Dr Van Doren as I was one of his first “lab” students in an EE lab in 1967. As I was finishing my BS in ’69 he was finishing his Doctorate. I’m happy for the fine work he’s accomplished and that he chose to continue his stellar career with Missouri S&T. Congrats Tom!

  • Joseph Haas says:

    Congratulations Dr. VanDoren! – JoeH, EE ’89

  • Leland E. Vandergriff says:

    Congratulations Dr. Van Doren — grateful former student L. E. Vandergriff EE’71.

    • David G. Sizemore says:

      Leland (Ed) no doubt feels as I do that fine professors have brightened our lives and made a difference regardless of our end professions. As a member of the Academy of Electrical and Computer Engineers here at Rolla I can definitely recommend Mr. Vandergriff for nomination to this group as he is both a fine individual and superb engineer.