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Two Retired Engineering Faculty Receive Emeritus Rank

December 14, 2005

The University of Texas at Arlington has granted Professor Emeritus status to two retired professors of Electrical Engineering – Jack Fitzer and Charles V. Smith, Jr. The rank of Professor Emeritus signifies a history of exceptional teaching and research performance.

Jack Fitzer completed 34 years of outstanding service to the university. He joined the Electrical Engineering Department in 1967 after earning his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. In addition to his teaching activities, Dr. Fitzer also served as Acting Department Chairman from 1987 to 1988, Associate Chairman from 1988 to 1994, Acting Chairman again from 1994 to 1996, Chairman from 1997 to 1998 and Associate Chairman from 1998 to 2000.

Following his official retirement in August 2001, he continued to serve on a part-time basis for another three years as a graduate advisor, a period of unparalleled growth in the department’s graduate program. At that time, department colleagues presented him with a commendation acknowledging his unselfish and cheerful service.

Charles V. Smith, Jr. is a 1962 graduate of UTA (then Arlington State College) who went on to earn his Ph.D. at MIT in 1968. He was a member of the Electrical Engineering faculty from 1969 until his retirement in August 2004. Dr. Smith consistently received high praise from students for his knowledge of the subjects at hand and his ability to communicate difficult engineering concepts in stimulating and challenging ways.

He received numerous awards and received recognition and honors for his teaching abilities, including the Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Young Electrical Engineering Teacher for 1972 (first annual presentation of this national honor); the Standard Oil (Indiana) Foundation, Inc. Teaching Excellence Award, 1972-73; the UTA Joint Council of Student Engineers’ Outstanding Teacher in Engineering Award, 1972-73; Outstanding Teacher in Electrical Engineering Award, 1984-87; and the General Dynamics Excellence in Engineering Teaching Award, 1989 - 1990 (first annual presentation).

In addition to his teaching efforts, Dr. Smith participated in a number of significant research activities over his career. He was either author or coauthor of more than 100 journal articles, proposals, reports and studies of an engineering nature and he holds two U.S. patents.