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2011 Hall of Fame Inductee: Joseph Bordogna, PhD

Dr. Joseph Bordogna is an Alfred Fitler Moore Professor and a Dean Emeritus of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania.  He also served as the Director of The Moore School of Electrical Engineering and the Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Dr. Bordogna has made contributions to the engineering profession in a variety of areas including optical and radio communications, early laser communication systems, electro-optic recording materials, holographic video playback systems, educational innovation, and management of technological innovation.  His career includes experience as a Line Officer in the United States Navy and an Engineer in industry at RCA.  Dr. Bordogna was a Founder at PRIME (Philadelphia Regional Introduction for Minorities to Engineering).  He was also a member of the team that created the Ben Franklin Partnership for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1982.  During 1998, Dr. Bordonga served as a worldwide President of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

From 1991 to 2005, he served at the National Science Foundation (NSF), first as the Head of the Directorate for Engineering and then as the United States President’s appointed Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer at NSF, where he oversaw its $5.6 billion budget.  Dr. Bordogna is a current Director at The International Engineering Consortium and Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania.  He is a Member of Advisory Board at Emerald Stage2 Ventures.

Dr. Bordogna was also a Member of the United States President’s Management Council and the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science. He was the Chairman of the Committees on manufacturing, environmental technologies, and automotive technologies in the President’s National Science and Technology Council (NSTC).  Dr. Bordogna also served on the NSTC Committee on Environment and Natural Resources and the NSTC Committee on Technological Innovation.  Previously, he also served on the Board of The Philadelphia Partnership for Education.

He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), the International Engineering Consortium (IEC), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).  Dr. Bordogna is the 1974 recipient of the George Westinghouse Award of ASEE as the top engineering teacher nationally and was named to the ASEE Hall of Fame of Engineering Educators in 1993 (one of 40 during preceding 100 years).  He received the American Industrial Modernization Leadership Award of the National Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing in 1993, the Chairman’s Award of the American Association of Engineering Societies in 1994 for national engineering leadership, and the Gold Medal of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 2001 for published literature and formulation of national policy.

In addition, Dr. Bordogna received the Leadership in Technology Management Award at the International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology in 2003 and in 2004; he was awarded the Semiconductor Industry Association Federal Government Administration Leadership Award for efforts to ensure a healthy and competitive United States semiconductor industry.  Recently, he was elected Eminent Member of Eta Kappa Nu, the Electrical Engineering Honor Society, and received the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ (ASME) Johnson and Johnson Medal for the highest level of leadership and support throughout an outstanding career in fostering equity in the United States engineering workforce.

Dr. Bordogna earned a B.S.E.E. and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. and an S.M. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Bordogna holds four honorary degrees in Engineering, Science, and Humanities.