ece chairs webFrom left, ECE Chair Murat Tanik, Gregg Vaughn, former ECE Chair David Conner, and David Green are pictured at a reception for Vaughn and Green.
With more than 70 years combined experience teaching and leading in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, two longtime professors and administrators are retiring from UAB this spring.

green vaughn2 webFor more images from the reception, visit our photo gallery.Gregg Vaughn, Ph.D., P.E., came to UAB in 1979 as an associate professor of ECE. Since then, he has served as an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering (1981-2008), as chair of the ECE department (1996-2010), and as a professor of ECE (2008-2017), among many other roles.

David Green arrived at UAB in 1981 as an ECE instructor, and he went on to roles as an assistant instructional professor (1993-1995) and associate instructional professor (1995-2015). His roles at the time of his retirement include undergraduate program director (since 2013), associate chair (since 2015), and instructional professor (since 2015). Additionally, Green served in several roles related to information technology. He managed the Prime Minicomputers for the engineering and business schools and oversaw the migration from these minicomputers to Windows NT Servers for the School of Engineering. He established the first Internet mail service for the School of Engineering, helped the university move to an enterprise Mail Service and Windows Enterprise architecture, and then helped design the migration from campus mail to cloud-based mail service integrated into the campus architecture.

“Professors Green and Vaughn have been two primary members of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,” said Murat Tanik, Ph.D., chair of the ECE Department since 2013. “Their decades-long service has left a lasting impact on UAB, the School of Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. They have been the embodiment of department’s vision of ‘Human Actualization through mentorship.’”

Both Green and Vaughn have been heavily involved in IEEE throughout their careers. Combined, they have mentored hundreds of graduate students and authored dozens of papers, and they are retiring from a department that they helped build from considerably more humble origins.

david conner webDavid Conner, the first chair of the ECE Department, speaks at Green and Vaughn's retirement reception."In the early days, David and Gregg were involved in building our curriculum from the ground up," said David Conner, Ph.D., who hired both men when he was department chair. "They helped design all the lecture courses, all the lab courses, and they did all the things that are pertinent to putting together those types of activities. In addition, they were teaching fairly large classes, because in those days 50 percent of the student population in engineering were housed in electrical."

Among the changes to the curriculum during Conner's time as chair was the addition of a senior design project. Green and Vaughn each mentor teams of undergraduates on the projects, one of which is selected each year to represent UAB at regional IEEE competitions.

“That’s one of the changes that has taken place while I’ve been here that I have really enjoyed,” Green said of the senior design project. “It started out as a special topics course before it became a part of the required curriculum. In recent years, it’s become even more important. Students in the early days were often professionals who came to classes with some experience assembling and making things, but as UAB evolved into a more traditional university setting, that hands-on experience is lacking in a lot of students.”

Both professors received multiple honors for excellence classroom instruction over the course of their careers. Outside the classroom, they were involved in dozens of research efforts. Outside of academia, Green spent time in hobbies such as amateur radio, while Vaughn was a licensed commercial pilot.

“It is with great warmth and some sadness that I congratulate these two longtime professors for their years of service to UAB,” said Iwan Alexander, Ph.D. “The commitment Professors Vaughn and Green have shown to their students and department is remarkable. When I arrived at UAB, I relied on them because of that obvious commitment and the institutional knowledge they’ve accrued over more than three decades.”



Education:

University of Alabama, B.S.E.E., 1970

University of Alabama, M.S.E.E., 1972

University of Alabama, Ph.D., 1974

License, Memberships and Honors:

  • Professional License: Alabama (13778) (2/8/1982)
  • Pilot License: Commercial Pilot, Airplane Single Engine Land and Instrument Ratings (7/16/1979) (Not current)
  • Memberships: Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (5883194): Student Member (1968-1974), Member (1974-1983), Senior Member (1983-Present),
  • American Society for Engineering Education (1980-2013),
  • Sigma Xi Honors: Outstanding Instructor Air Force Institute of Technology (1978),
  • Air Force Commendation Medal (1979),
  • Phi Kappa Phi (5/1985),
  • Benjamin J. Dasher Award [ASEE and IEEE] (1987),
  • UAB Excellence in Classroom Teaching Award (1991),
  • Ellen Gregg Ingalls Award Finalist (1991),
  • University of Alabama Department of Electrical Engineering Outstanding Fellow Award (1991),
  • UAB President's Excellence in Education Award for the School of Engineering (1993),
  • IEEE Region 3 Joseph M. Biedenbach Outstanding Engineering Educator Award (1999),
  • IEEE Third Millennium Medal (2000),
  • IEEE Alabama Section Electrical Engineer of the Year (2003),
  • Engineering Council of Birmingham Engineer of the Year (2003),
  • IEEE Region 3 Director’s Choice Award, “for leading the IEEE MOVE Project’s Truck Design Efforts,” (2016)


Education:

University of Alabama in Huntsville, BSE, 1975

University of Alabama in Huntsville, MSE, 1977

Honors and Awards:

  • IEEE Region 3 Dan Jackson, 2016
  • IEEE MGA Leadership Award, 2014
  • Order of the Engineer, inducted 2013
  • IEEE Region 3 Director’s Award for Exemplary Service, 2010
  • IEEE Region 3 Director’s Award for Exemplary Service, 2009
  • Finalist, Engineering Council of Birmingham Service Award, February 2008
  • IEEE Alabama Section Service Award 2007 (presented January 2008)
  • IEEE Region 3 Director’s Award for Service as Sections Congress 2005 Program Chair (presented April 2006 in Memphis, TN)
  • IEEE Region 3 Outstanding Service Award, 2004 (presented April 2005)
  • IEEE Outstanding Student Branch Counselor Award, 2004
  • IEEE Alabama Section Engineer of the Year 2004 (presented December 2004)
  • IEEE Regional Activities Innovation Award, 2000 (presented April 2001)
  • IEEE Millennium Medal, 2000
  • IEEE Educational Activities Meritorious Service Award, 1999
  • IEEE-USA Professional Achievement Award, IEEE-USA, 1998
  • Listed in The International of Distinguished Leadership, American Biographical Institute, 7th Ed., 1997
  • Outstanding IEEE Student Branch Counselor Award 1997, by the IEEE Transnational Organization, Nominated by the UAB IEEE Student Branch
  • Region 3 Joseph Biedenbach Outstanding Education Award, IEEE Region 3, April 1997
  • Finalist, Outstanding Service Award, Birmingham Engineering Council, February 1997
  • Outstanding Service Award, Alabama Section of IEEE, 1997
  • President's Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching, UAB, 1996
  • Engineer of the Year, Alabama Section of IEEE, March 1996
  • Finalist, Birmingham Engineer of the Year, February 1996
  • 1995 United States Activities Board Regional Professional Leadership Award
  • Finalist, 1995 Ingalls Award Competition for Excellence in Classroom Teaching (UAB University College)
  • Region 3 Outstanding Service Award, IEEE Region 3, March 1995
  • Finalist, 1992 Ingalls Award Competition for Excellence in Classroom Teaching (UAB University College)
  • President's Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching, UAB, 1991
  • Alabama Section of IEEE Counselor Award for Outstanding Student Branch, 1990
  • Alabama Section of IEEE Counselor Award for Outstanding Student Branch, 1989
  • Winner, 1989 Ben Dasher Award for Outstanding Paper in 1987 Frontiers in Education Conference, (Awarded at the 1988 Frontiers in Education Conference in Santa Barbara, CA)
  • Alabama Section of IEEE Counselor Award for Outstanding Student Branch, 1988
  • Finalist, 1988 Ingalls Award Competition for Excellence in Classroom Teaching (UAB University College)
  • Finalist, 1986 Ingalls Award Competition for Excellence in Classroom Teaching (UAB University College)
  • Finalist, 1985 Ingalls Award Competition for Excellence in Classroom Teaching (UAB University College)
  • Outstanding IEEE Student Branch Counselor Award 1981, by the IEEE Transnational Organization,
  • Nominated by the UAH IEEE Student Branch
  • Outstanding Faculty Member Award 1979-1980, University of Alabama, Huntsville, by the UAH Engineering Society
  • Who's Who in South and Southwest
  • Who's Who in Engineering, 1981-present (most recent: 9th Ed.)
  • Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges 1974-1975