March 12, 2018
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
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.