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Memoir

William B. Ribbens
Regents' Proceedings 157

William B. Ribbens, Ph.D., professor of electrical engineering and computer science and professor of aerospace engineering in the College of Engineering, will retire from active faculty status on December 31, 1999.

Professor Ribbens received his B.S.E.E. degree in 1960, his M.S.E.E. degree in 1961, and his Ph.D. degree in 1965, all from the University of Michigan. From 1962-69, he was an assistant research engineer, associate research engineer, and research engineer. He was appointed assistant professor in 1969 and was promoted to associate professor in 1972 and professor in 1993. He was appointed professor of aerospace engineering in 1995.

Professor Ribbens' research most recently has focused on electronic systems and devices that are applicable to all vehicles. His particular emphasis has been on engine control applications, mathematical models for drive-train systems, computer-assisted diagnostics for electronically controlled engines, and failure detection systems. His work in these areas has substantially advanced the art of automotive electronics, and he is recognized as a world leader in this area.

During his professional career, Professor Ribbens served on the Hitachi Science Board, a distinction given to few U.S. academics. He was also a visiting scientist at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, General Motors Technical Center, and the Technical University of Berlin.

Within the department, Professor Ribbens worked with many students on individual and group projects and served as faculty advisor to the student Society of Automotive Engineers organization. Students speak very highly of the important practical experience they gained in these projects and through their association with Professor Ribbens. He has also taught many graduate and undergraduate EECS courses over the years, and he developed a number of new courses related to electronic systems. He has served as advisor to numerous Ph.D. students, and several of his former students have become national leaders in automotive electronics.

The Regents now salute this faculty member for his distinguished contributions by naming William B. Ribbens professor emeritus of electrical engineering and computer science and professor emeritus of aerospace engineering.

Regents’ Proceedings, December 1999, Page 157