Chandrakasan receives honorary doctorate from KU Leuven

February 11, 2016

EECS Department Head Anantha Chandrakasan recognized as global authority in the field of electronic chip development by KU Leuven. 

Anantha Chandrakasan

Photo: Anantha Chandrakasan. Photo by Michael De Lausnay

EECS Department Head Anantha Chandrakasan has been recognized by KU Leuven with an honorary doctorate, conferred at the university's Patron Saint's Day celebration in Leuven, Belgium on February 10, 2016.

Chandrakasan, the Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, was recognized in a laudatio presented by Wim Dehaene, head of KU Leuven's MICAS (Microelectronics and Sensors) research division. 

"Professor Anantha Chandrakasan is one of the most influential researchers in the field of integrated circuit design. This sentence makes most sense to other researchers from that field. To anyone else, the enormous impact of Professor Chandrakasan’s work may not be obvious at first. And yet, integrated circuits have radically changed our everyday lives. Is it still possible to imagine a society without internet, tablets, or mobile phones? Can you imagine your daily life without wireless garage openers or TV remote controls? None of these things can exist without integrated circuits or chips, as they are usually called. It is a common mistake to think that the information society is only about software. Software needs a platform to run on, and that platform is a piece of hardware. At the heart of that hardware are chips."

Read the full Laudatio from the ceremony.

Learn more about Anantha Chandrakasan's work in a profile by KU Leuven.