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EECS Alumnus Honored for Exemplary Career

Published on May 4th, 2012 by Michelle Ward

By Cody Howard

EECS alumnus Jim Andrews was among those honored with the University of Kansas School of Engineering’s highest honor, the Distinguished Engineering Service Award, in a ceremony on Thursday, May 3, at the Kansas Union ballroom. Andrews earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate in electrical engineering from KU, in 1964, 1965 and 1970, respectively. His groundbreaking research in the field of electrical engineering played a significant role in the advancement and future of the telecommunications industry.

Andrews began his career in Boulder, Colo., at the U.S. Department of Commerce National Bureau of Standards, now known as the National Institute of Standards & Technology. Andrews founded Picosecond Pulse Labs in 1980, which grew quickly and was soon recognized as the world leader in time-domain technologies. For more than 35 years he has volunteered with the Boulder County, Colo., Sheriff’s Department, assisting in emergency communications and tactical responses to natural and manmade events.

In 2010, he and his wife, Janet, established a scholarship to provide full tuition for Kansas City Turner High School graduates with academic merit and need. Jim and his wife are retired and spend their summers in Boulder and their winters in Maui, Hawaii. They have three children and three grandchildren.

Stuart Bell, LaRoux Gillespie and Kyle Vann also received the Distinguished Engineering Service Award.