Elected in 2004
“For innovations and leadership in electronic design automation and for leadership in engineering education.”
BY TERESA MOORE
SUBMITTED BY THE NAE HOME SECRETARY
A. RICHARD NEWTON, professor and dean of the College of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, a visionary leader in education and technology and a pioneer in electronic design automation (EDA) and the design of integrated circuits, died on January 2, 2007, at the age of 55, after a short bout with pancreatic cancer. With his eloquence and personal magnetism, he attracted widespread attention to the crucial role of engineers in tackling difficult challenges, particularly challenges facing developing nations.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, on July 1, 1951, Newton was a dedicated educator, researcher, and businessman. Long recognized around the world for his pioneering work in design technology, electronic system architecture, and integrated circuit design, more recently he became known for creating CITRIS (Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society) in 2001, with the goal of bringing together researchers from many disciplines to find technological answers to the social problems plaguing the world. His hope and goal was to educate the next generation of engineers, especially women, to develop those technologies.