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08/28/95

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McCluskey receives major information processing award

STANFORD -- Stanford electrical engineering Professor Edward J. McCluskey has been named recipient of the 1996 Emanuel R. Piore Award of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for outstanding achievement in the field of information processing.

The citation for the prize -- consisting of a bronze plaque, certificate and $5,000 -- reads, "For pioneering and fundamental contributions to design automation and fault tolerance."

The annual award was established by the institute in 1976. McCluskey is the second Stanford faculty member to receive it: John L. Hennessy, professor of computer science, won in 1994.

As a doctoral student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, McCluskey developed the first algorithm for designing combinatorial circuits that solve an important class of problem in statistics and probability. While at AT&T Bell Laboratories and Princeton University, he developed a modern theory of transients in logic networks. Since coming to Stanford in 1966, he has focused on problems involving fault-tolerant computing, including logic testing, synthesis and design for testability. McCluskey and his students at the Center for Reliable Computing have worked out a number of key ideas involving the use of probability to model logic networks, fault equivalence, pseudo-exhaustive testing and watchdog processors.

In addition to directing the Center for Reliable Computing, McCluskey founded the Stanford Digital Systems Laboratory (now the Computer Systems Laboratory) in 1969 and the Stanford Computer Engineering Program (now the computer science master's degree program) in 1970. He and two colleagues started the Stanford Computer Forum, the Computer Science Department's affiliates program, in 1970, and he served as its director until 1978.

McCluskey served as the first president of the IEEE Computer Society and has received the IEEE Centennial Medal, the IEEE Computer Society's Technical Achievement Award in Testing and the IEEE Computer Society's Taylor L. Booth Education Award.

He has published several books and book chapters as well as hundreds of technical papers. His most recent book is Logic Design Principles with Emphasis on Testable Semicustom Circuits (Prentice-Hall, 1986).

McCluskey received his A.B. degree from Bowdoin College and B.S., M.S. and Sc.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1994, he received the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa from the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble.

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