Mac Van Valkenburg

Professor Valkenburg earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in 1943, a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1946, and a doctorate from Stanford University in 1952, all in electrical engineering. Dr. Van Valkenburg joined the faculty at the University of Illinois in 1955. From 1966 to 1974, he served as professor and head of electrical engineering at Princeton University before returning to the University of Illinois. In 1982, Van Valkenburg was named to the college’s first endowed chair known as the W. W. Grainger Professorship. In 1984, he was appointed Dean of the College of Engineering. During the 1980’s, Dr. Van Valkenburg helped steer the institution to national prominence during a “renaissance in engineering.” He died in Orem, Utah on March 13, 1997.

Van Valkenburg was author of seven textbooks. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, he received the Lamme Medal, the highest honor of the American Society for Engineering Education; the George Westinghouse Award from the same organization; the Education Medal of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; and the Halliburton Engineering Education Leadership Award of the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois. Mac Van Valkenburg symbolizes the highest quality of engineering education.