Landsmans fund vital energy research at EECS/LEES

April 28, 2008

Emanuel E. Landsman '58, SM '59, ScD'66 (EE) and his wife, Sheila E. Landsman have made a generous $4 million dollar gift to the MIT Laboratory for Electromagnetic and Electronic Systems (LEES) and to the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) that will provide a career development professorship, fellowship support and UROP funds in the fields of power electronics and electric energy-related engineering.

The Landsmans previously established another career development professorship in EECS first held by LEES Associate Professor David Perreault. Current holders of the Landsman Career Development chairs include associate professors Karl Berggren and Luca Daniel.

Emanuel Landsman, a recognized expert in the field of power electronics, worked at the Lincoln Laboratory in the Space Communications Group and the Energy System Engineering Group. In 1981 he co-founded American Power Conversion Corp., a manufacturer of uninterruptible power supply products for computers and other electronic devices. Landsman received the IEEE William E. Newell Award for Outstanding Achievement in Power Electronics.

As reported in the MIT News Office article, April 25, EECS Department Head Eric Grimson said: "At a time when traditional forms of financial support for this type of exciting research are disappearing, philanthropic gifts like these are especially critical to fulfilling MIT's mission to be at the cutting edge of both education and technology. We are deeply grateful to Dr. and Mrs. Landsman for their generosity."