seal  2004 Honorary Degree

Eugene S. Meieran

Doctor Of Engineering

Eugene S. Meieran distinguished himself in the area of materials analysis techniques and his work with semiconductors.

Eugene S. Meieran

He is currently Senior Intel Fellow in the Technology Manufacturing Group of Intel Corporation, living in Phoenix, Ariz.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, and raised in Cleveland and San Jose, Calif., Meieran came to Purdue as an undergraduate, earning his bachelor’s degree in metallurgy in 1959, before earning his master's and doctorate in materials science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1961 and 1963, respectively.

After leaving MIT, Meieran joined the Research and Development Laboratories of Fairfield Semiconductor in Palo Alto, Calif., where he soon became a manager and gained notoriety for his pioneering work in electromigration, especially in developing new methods for recording X-ray topographs.

He joined Intel Corporation in Santa Clara, Calif., in 1973 as head of the newly formed Package Development Department, where he was responsible for developing new packages for emerging memory and microprocessor products, ultimately saving Intel more than $50 million.

Meieran has been working in the fields of statistical process control and advanced manufacturing strategy development in Intel’s Technology Manufacturing Engineering group, with responsibilities for introducing advanced technology into manufacturing facilities. In particular, he is now working on knowledge management, collaboration, and innovation issues to leverage Intel’s vast corporate knowledge base to help individuals and teams make better, faster, and more effective decisions.

He also taught courses in X-ray diffraction at the University of California-Berkeley and Stanford University and has given seminars and invited talks to numerous domestic and international universities.

Meieran was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1998 for his contributions to the manufacturing of integrated circuits. This is one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. He has served on several government and industry panels dealing with manufacturing technology and policy issues.

His Purdue connections have remained strong. Meieran was named Distinguished Engineering Alumnus in 1986 and received an Alumni Achievement Award in 2000 for his contributions and efforts on behalf of Purdue University Bands. He still plays flute in Purdue’s All-American Alumni Band.