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Franzon named Distinguished Professor

Dr. Paul D. Franzon has been named Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University.

The recommendation comes from a committee of his peers and was approved by the dean of the College of Engineering at NC State and by the university’s provost and chancellor.

Franzon joined the NC State faculty in 1989. His primary research interests are in electronic circuits and systems. He specializes in the areas of design and computer aided design of 3D processors, interconnect structures and circuits, cognitive computing, application specific chips, microsystems and emerging devices and architectures.

He has received numerous awards, including the U.S. Army Commendation Medal (1990), a National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award (1993), Academy of Outstanding Teachers (NC State, 2001), NSW Australia Expatriate Scientist Award (2003) and Alumni Undergraduate Distinguished Professor (NC State, 2003). He has also won the ALCOA Distinguished Research Award (NC State, 2005), the Australian Defense Medal (2007) and the Innovator of the Year Award (NC State, 2014).

Franzon is the author or co-author of nearly 300 publications. He received a B.S. in physics and mathematics in 1982, a B.S. in electrical engineering in 1984, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1988, all from the University of Adelaide, Australia.