Edward Frank elected to National Academy of Engineering

March 12, 2018
Hertz Staff

Hertz Fellow Dr. Edward H. Frank is one of the 83 American engineers elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), one of the highest professional honors granted to engineers. The NAE recognized Frank for is "contributions to the development and commercialization of wireless networking products."

As a Hertz Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University, from 1978 to 1985, Frank developed specialized algorithms and architecture for efficient simulations of VLSI circuits.

In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, Frank served as a distinguished engineer at Sun Microsystems Inc., where he co-architected several generations of SPARCstations, and later co-founded Sun’s Green Project, a project that led to the development of Java. He later co-founded Epigram, a home networking startup that was acquired by Broadcom in 1999, At Broadcom, he co-founded and led its WiFi engineering group, for which he was recognized by his election to the NAE. Upon leaving Broadcom in 2009, Frank joined Apple Inc., where he led the development of four generations of Macintosh computers.

Frank holds over 50 patents, serves on the boards of several technology companies, and is a highly-respected advisor to Bay Area venture capital firms and startups.

In addition to the 83 Americans, the NAE class of 2018 includes 16 foreign members. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature" and to "the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."

Frank will be formally inducted during a ceremony at the NAE's annual meeting on Sept. 30 in Washington, D.C. The full list of members elected to the NAE in 2018 can be found here.