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Eric M. Aupperle
Regents' Proceedings 211

Eric M. Aupperle, research scientist, retired from active faculty status on January 4, 2002, after a distinguished and productive career as an engineer, researcher, teacher, and manager.

Mr. Aupperle earned B.S. degrees in electrical engineering and engineering mathematics in 1957, an M.S. degree in nuclear engineering in 1958, and a professional degree, Instm.E. in computer information and control engineering, in 1964, all from the University of Michigan. He joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1963 as an assistant research engineer at the Cooley Electronic Laboratory and as a lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He was promoted to associate research engineer in 1963, research engineer in 1967, and research scientist in 1974. His lectureship appointment continued through 1988.

Mr. Aupperle's work at the Cooley Electronic Laboratory included a variety of government and industry funded research projects involving electronic devices and later, computers. His courses included electrical engineering and computer topics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He also organized and taught week-long summer courses in the College of Engineering's Summer Short Course program during much of this period. In the fall of 1969, Mr. Aupperle joined Merit Computer Network as project leader to oversee the technical implementation of a computer network linking the academic computer systems of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University. Merit's initial network was activated in stages and formally dedicated in May 1973. This network, now known as MichNet, has evolved ever since and, today, is the most extensive and advanced Internet infrastructure in Michigan. Mr. Aupperle was appointed director of Merit in 1974 and president in 1988, a position he held until July 2001. His leadership of Merit was highlighted by the implementation of the National Science Foundation's nationwide NSFNET from 1987-95 in partnership with IBM and MCI. The successful NSFNET initiative is credited as a critical factor in the development of the Internet.

The Regents now salute this distinguished researcher, teacher, and leader for his dedicated service by naming Eric M. Aupperle research scientist emeritus