In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus Herman Weed, 1922 - 2012

Posted: January 6, 2012

Herman Weed, professor emeritus of electrical engineering at The Ohio State University, passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2012. He was 89.

Prof. Weed is likely the longest-serving member of the electrical engineering faculty at Ohio State, serving for 50 years from 1946-1996. He served as director of the HOPE Biomedical Engineering Program worldwide from 1979 until he retired. His research interest was devoted to biomedical signal development and applications; his academic focus, however, was the evolution of worldwide biomedical engineering as a discipline.

“Prof. Weed was very dedicated to the department and his students, in many cases funding them with his own money.” said Robert Lee, professor and chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Prof. Weed founded the Biomedical Engineering Center at OSU in 1971 and served as the first director, until 1988. During that time, the center was housed in the Department of Electrical Engineering, and focused on signal processing applications and instrumentation. This resulted in the establishment of the Department of Biomedical Engineering in 2005.

Prof. Weed is a Senior Life Member of IEEE and was involved in many national and international professional groups. He received many awards, including the ASEE Outstanding Bio-Medical Engineering Educator of the Year (1987), the Robert M. Critchfield Award for Meritorious Achievement (1968), the Robert M. Critchfield Award for Innovative Teaching (1973), and the Eta Kappa Nu Distinguished Teaching Award (1965).

Friends may call at the SOUTHWICK-GOOD & FORTKAMP FUNERAL CHAPEL, 3100 N. High St. on Sunday, 2:00 to 3:45 p.m., where service will follow at 4:00 p.m. Interment at Schenck's Cemetery, Howard PA.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dept. of Biomedical Engineering at The Ohio State University (fund #306379).

Read the complete obituary for Prof. Weed online.

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