John McDonald

John McDonald

Title: Electrical Engineering Educator

Location: Clifton Park, New York, United States

John McDonald, Electrical Engineering Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in electrical engineering.

Dr. McDonald had an early interest in education which eventually lead the way for his involvement in engineering. Gifted with the iconic Gilbert Chemistry set as a child, he spent hours conducting experiments with the test tubes and burners. From there, his interests were encouraged and supported by his family, friends and teachers. He began his own teaching career in 1968 as an instructor at Yale University. A year later he became an assistant professor at the institution and remained there until 1974. In 1974, Dr. McDonald joined the faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as an associate professor. In 1986, he was instated as a full professor by the institution. He is also known for being a founding member of the Rensselaer Center for Integrated Electronics, which launched in 1980.

In his own academic pursuits, Dr. McDonald first earned a BSEE from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1963. He followed this degree with a Master of Science in engineering at Yale University in 1965 and a PhD in 1969. On top of being an educator, Dr. McDonald has 12 patents in the field and has been the recipient of numerous grants. Furthermore, he has contributed to more than 300 articles to professional publications. Throughout his career, he has maintained professional affiliation with the Association of Computing Machinery, the IEEE, the Optical Society, the Acoustical Society, the Vacuum Society and the Materials Research Society. Dr. McDonald recounts that his father, who was a scholar, had a large impact on his career and his success.

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