Adel Sedra, Ph.D., P.Eng
Engineer Sedra’s enthusiasm and passion for excellence has permeated every aspect of his career and he has made major contributions and demonstrated strong leadership in the advancement of technology, the engineering profession, and society as a whole. Dr. Sedra is an accomplished scholar and his academic achievements in the field of microelectronics and electronic circuits are world-renowned. He has mentored more than 60 graduate students, published over 150 papers, and edited and organized a variety of international publications and conferences. He has co-authored three textbooks, one of which, Microelectronic Circuits, is currently in use in hundreds of universities around the world, is in its fourth edition and has been translated into ten languages. In recognition of his academic and educational achievements, Dr. Sedra has won many prestigious medals and awards, such as the 1984 IEEE Darlington Best Paper Award and the Frederick Emmon’s Terman Award from the American Society for Engineering Education. Dr. Sedra has served on a variety of key roles in professional societies such as the IEEE, and as Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto has helped in building a world-class Engineering faculty. He has had a large hand in the creation and development of a number of institutions such as the Ontario government sponsored information Technology Research Centre and the federal network of Centres of Excellence in communications. He has served on a multitude of panels, boards, and awards committees. As Vice-President, Provost, and Chief Academic Officer of Canada’s largest university, Dr. Sedra has an enormous influence over an important component of the educational fabric of Canadian society. In this role, Dr. Sedra has proven himself to be an excellent administrator, motivator and leader who is highly respected for continuously moving yardsticks forward. Dr. Sedra’s contribution to society is immense, both on a national level and an internal level, through his books, his leadership in the development of the university and high education generally, and of course, through the impact of his inspiration on students.