Dr. Marlin H. Mickle, Nickolas A. DeCecco Professor in the School of Engineering of the University of Pittsburgh and 1960 University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown alumnus, will deliver the main address at the UPJ Commencement honoring graduating seniors at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 6, in the college’s Sports Center.
The commencement will honor approximately 664 seniors who completed bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, or associate of science degree requirements in August or December 2005, or are completing requirements in April or June of this year. Approximately 413 seniors will participate in the ceremony.
Dr. Mickle received his B.S.E.E., M.S.E.E., and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1961, 1963, and 1967.He holds appointments as professor of electrical and computer engineering (primary), professor of computer engineering, professor of telecommunications, and professor of industrial engineering. He is the executive director of the world-renowned Radio Frequency Identification Center of Excellence.
His research, development and educational activities have been supported by grants and/or contracts from the Department of Housing and Urban Development; the National Science Foundation; the United States Army; the Urban Mass Transportation Administration; NASA; the Bureau of Mines; the Department of Commerce; the Pittsburgh Foundation; the Pennsylvania Power and Light Company; American Sterilizer Company; Contraves; Goertz Corporation; PPG, Inc.; the Electric Power Research Institute; Intel; Digital Equipment Corporation; Tandy; Motorola; Texas Instruments Corporation; Ben Franklin Program; WesDyne; the Lemelson Foundation; Argonne Laboratory; EPA; Coleman Foundation; DARPA; the Pittsburgh Digital Greenhouse; Medrad, Siemens; Vocollect; Mobile Aspects; Matthews Marking Corp.; ChemDAQ; Syracuse Research Corporation; Gnostic Systems; Identifi Technologies; FireFly; ADCUS, and SSI, Inc.
Dr. Mickle currently is active in the areas of energy harvesting and high technology applications. He is the co-author and co-editor of over 20 books. In addition, he has over 125 publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings. He holds patents on a magnetically levitated gyro, a gryo optical sensor, energy harvesting and antennas on a CMOS chip.
He is a member of the Scientific, Product or Technical Advisory Boards of MandalMed, Inc., and E-SOC, Inc. both in San Francisco; SmartWear Technologies, San Diego; FireFly Power Technologies, LLC, Ligioner; ClearCount, Inc., Pittsburgh, and a member of the team that won Honorable Mention at the 2004 Carnegie Science Center Awards for Excellence 2004; a 1988 Recipient of the Systems Research and Cybernetics Award of the International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics; Life Fellow of the IEEE, Faculty Honor Roll 2001; Advisor or Co-Advisor of four teams selected by the NCIIA for March Madness for the Mind with displays at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. (three times), and at the Boston Museum of Science. He also is the recipient of the Carnegie Science Center Award for Excellence in Corporate Innovation, 2005 and a Pitt Innovator Award, 2005.
He was co-chairman of the Pittsburgh Modeling and Simulation Conference for over 20 years, and previously served as member, Editorial Board of IEEE Micro, Integrated Computer-Aided Engineering Journal; New Products Editor, IEEE Micro; Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics; founding Co-Editor of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Modeling and Simulation; Editor, International Journal of Radio Frequency Identification Technology and Applications; Vice President, Conference and Meetings, of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Systems and Networks.
Dr. Mickle is a member of the Boards of Directors of University Research and Development Associates, Inc.; Asbury Heights, Mount Lebanon; and is President of the board of Directors of Emory Senior Housing, and has previously served as member of the Board of Trustees, Albright College; First Vice President, Asbury Heights; President, Board of Directors, Asbury Heights; a member of the Board of Directors of Wesley Hills of Mount Lebanon, Mickle Computer Technologies, Inc., Power Resources, Inc., and Specialty Phones, Inc.
He has served as a Consultant to the National Science Foundation; Battelle; Contraves Goertz Corporatoin; ASC, Inc.; Westinghouse; III Systems; The American University in Cairo; George Mason University; TI, Inc.; Compunetics; ATEC; DEC; CSR; Ben Franklin Center of Western Pennsylvania; innovex; and the U.S. Navy.
He also is listed in numerous biographical records including Who’s Who in Religion; Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers; Who’s Who in Business and Finance; Who’s Who in Engineering, and Who’s Who in America.
Gladys Go (’92), president of the Pitt Johnstown Alumni Association, will recognize graduates as new members of the Association and encourage them to support the college by becoming active in the Association.
Dr. Katherine Reist, associate professor of history, will serve as grand marshal for the Commencement ceremonies, which includes a procession of graduates, faculty, staff, administration, and members of the UPJ Advisory Board.
Joshua Way, a senior theatre arts major of Friedens, will lead the singing of the national anthem and alma mater.
Dr. Jerry Samples, vice president for academic and student affairs, will present the graduating seniors. Dr. Jonathan Gonder, associate vice president for academic affairs, will read the list of graduating seniors.
Each academic division of the college will host a reception for seniors, their parents and guests immediately following the ceremony in the Student Union.
Faculty marshals are J. Anthony Capon, associate professor of sociology; James Bandstra, associate professor of mechanical engineering technology; David Ward; associate professor of English; Veronica Wilson, assistant professor of history; Sharon Walstad, assistant professor of psychology, and Mark Previte, assistant professor of secondary education.
Founded in 1927, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is a four-year, degree-granting college of the University of Pittsburgh with an enrollment of approximately 3,200. The university offers more than 40 majors and is known for its engineering technology, education, humanities, natural and social sciences degree programs. UPJ has been ranked “Third in the North” among public comprehensive colleges and universities, northern region, by U.S. News and World Report, America’s Best Colleges, 2006.