Title: Electrical and Computer Engineering Educator
Company: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Lee Wendel Casperson, Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering Educator at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in engineering education.
Amassing nearly four decades of professional experience, Dr. Casperson is a prominent figure in the field of engineering education. Most recently serving as a professor and chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte from 2004 to 2010, he was formerly a professor of electrical, computer engineering and physics at Portland State University from 1983 to 2004 and a professor and associate professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, between 1976 and 1985. He commenced his career as an assistant professor of electrical engineering at UCLA from 1971 to 1976. Alongside his primary endeavors, Dr. Casperson was a visiting professor at several academic institutions, including the University of Rochester, the University of Otago and University of Auckland. He has further been a consultant in the aerospace and electronics industries throughout California and Oregon.
To prepare for his illustrious career, Dr. Casperson pursued an education at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in physics in 1966. He subsequently attended California Institute of Technology, earning a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in electrical engineering and physics in 1967 and 1971, respectively. He has been the author of more than 200 articles to professional journals, and he penned Patterns of Biblical Chronology (2012) and Excursions in Biblical Chronology (2018).
Among his notable achievements, Dr. Casperson is renowned for his experimental discovery and theoretical explanation of the first semi-classical laser instability, “The Casperson Instability.” In addition, he has produced several novel laser and waveguide designs, as well as theoretical methods for laser analysis and synthesis. He is further a patentee in the field. In order to remain aware of changes in the industry, he maintains affiliation with the Optical Society of America and the American Physical Society. He is also a fellow of the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America.
In recognition of his exceptional contributions to engineering education, Dr. Casperson has accrued several accolades throughout the course of his impressive career. Named a Distinguished Traveling Lecturer by the Optical Society of America from 1998 to 2006, he won the Branford Price Millar Award for Faculty Excellence from Portland State University in 1993 and the Faculty Excellence Award from the Oregon State Legislature in 1986. Notably, he is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, who honored him with a Centennial Medal in 1984.
Married to Susan Diane Lunnam since 1974, Dr. Casperson is the proud father of four children and eight grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys writing, traveling, swimming, and listening to music. Notably, he has been selected for inclusion in several editions of Who’s Who in Finance and Business, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering and Who’s Who in the World.
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