Thomas Silliman


Title: Electrical Engineer
Company: Electronics Research Inc.,
Location: Chandler, Indiana, United States

Thomas Silliman, Electrical Engineer at Electronics Research Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in electrical engineering.

Beginning his career at the age of 14, Mr. Sillman worked in the office of his father’s broadcast engineering consulting firm, Silliman, Moffett and Kowleski. He also attended a preparatory school that leaned towards an education in engineering. Eventually, his father, Robert Silliman purchased Electrical Research Inc. (ERI), and by 1962, Mr. Silliman became the president of the company.

In the earlier years of ERI, the company became known for developing antennas for the military during World War II. Since 1942, ERI has continuously been on the cutting edge of radio frequency research and development. Achievements to his credit include building the original FM Master Antenna in Houston, Texas in 1971. That antenna which was mounted on top of the Shell Building in Houston operated for years as a shared antenna for nine Class C FM Stations. Mr. Silliman is also credited with upgrading the Alford antenna on the Empire State Building to increase its power rating due to the Canadian Agreement.

A graduate of Cornell University, Mr. Silliman received both a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and Master of Engineering in electrical engineering in 1969 and 1970, respectively. He is a registered professional engineer in Indiana, Maryland and Minnesota, and is certified both as a tower climber and a tower climber rescuer. Mr. Silliman is a member of the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers, where he served two years as president. Throughout his career, he has contributed numerous papers through the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in his area of expertise.

As a testament to his success, Mr. Silliman was the recipient of the Broadcast Technology Society Service Award in 2018 and the Jules Cohen Engineering Award from the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society in 2015, among several other accolades.  A celebrated Marquis listee, Mr. Silliman has been featured in the fifth edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering. Outside of work, he enjoys an array of activities during his spare time including white water kayaking, riding horses, roping cattle, snow skiing, climbing, and going to the gym.

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