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Nino Antonio Masnari

20 septembre , 193519 mai , 2018
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Dr. Nino A. Masnari, distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering and dean emeritus of the College of Engineering at NC State University, passed away on May 19, 2018.

Born in Three Rivers, Michigan, September 20, 1935, Nino Antonio Masnari was the second son of Antonio and Giovanna (Lupato) Masnari. He married his college sweetheart, Judy E. Guild, on June 29, 1957, and they have three children Michael, Jeffrey and Maria.

Masnari received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, all in electrical engineering, from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1958, 1959 and 1964, respectively. His research interests were in the areas of silicon processing technologies and solid-state electronic devices. Following graduation, he began his career as a lecturer and research associate at the University of Michigan from 1964 to 1967. In 1967, he joined General Electric in Schenectady, New York, as an electronics engineer in research and development. In 1969, he joined the faculty of the University of Michigan as an associate professor, later being promoted to professor and director of the Electron Physics Laboratory.

Masnari joined NC State in 1979 as the head of the Department of Electrical Engineering. During his tenure as department head, the Department of Electrical Engineering was renamed in 1983 as the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, reflecting the growth and influence of computing. Other milestones included the hiring of the first woman faculty member in the department as well as the establishment of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Communications and Signal Processing, the Microelectronics Center for North Carolina, and the Electric Power Systems Research Center.

In 1988, after nine years of leading the department, he was awarded leadership of a prestigious NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) and became the founding director of the NSF ERC on Advanced Electronic Materials Processing and the SEMATECH Center of Excellence on Advanced Single Wafer Processing, both at NC State.

In 1996, Masnari was appointed dean of the College of Engineering at NC State, a position he held from August 1996 through June 2006, when he returned to the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

During his tenure as dean, the College of Engineering experienced a new era of growth and accomplishment. In 1997, the College held the grand opening for the Engineering Graduate Research Center, now the Monteith Research Center, and established the Women in Engineering Program. With the passage of a bond referendum in November 2000, the College began its move to NC State’s Centennial Campus. Masnari oversaw the construction of the first two academic engineering buildings to be constructed at NC State since 1964. Engineering Buildings I and II opened in 2004 and 2005, respectively. Funding was secured and construction began on Engineering Building III under Masnari’s leadership and opened in 2010.

With Masnari at the helm, the College of Engineering grew into the third largest producer of engineering and computer science degrees in the nation and research expenditures in the College nearly doubled to more than $90 million annually. Scholarship funding more than quadrupled, with total endowments growing to more than $51 million. The College received its largest gift from a single individual, a $10 million endowment in support of industrial engineering. As a result, the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering became the first named academic department in the history of the university. In addition, the College established the joint Department of Biomedical Engineering with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and added a bachelor’s degree in paper science and engineering. The College also became a leader in distance education, ranking as one of the best online degree programs in the nation and adding 2+2 programs that serve students across the state.

Under Masnari’s direction, the quality of entering freshmen increased, national recognition of faculty members and research by NSF tripled and four new centers and institutes were created. The College also grew in the number of programs for minorities and women, and the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program was established. The first woman associate dean was appointed during Masnari’s tenure as dean. Masnari also instituted an aggressive recruiting program. The quality of entering freshmen improved, 112 new faculty members were hired, and national recognitions by NSF tripled. The College and two faculty members received three prestigious Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). In addition, a novel orientation program for new faculty members was initiated, four new centers and institutes were created, and a number of other major research initiatives began.

A Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Masnari holds a patent for Process for Manufacturing Inertial Confinement Fusion Targets and Resulting Product. He was a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, Materials Research Society, Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, Tau Beta Pi, and Eta Kappa Nu.

Masnari is predeceased by his parents and two brothers, Bruno Masnari and Ray Masnari. He is survived by his wife and children as well as 5 grandchildren, Jonathan Masnari, Andrew Masnari, Nathan Masnari, Ryan Sendek and Brandon Sendek.

Services

  • Visitation vendredi, 25 mai , 2018
  • Memorial Service vendredi, 25 mai , 2018

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William Easter

26 mai , 2018

To Judy and Family
Like many others, Mary and I were saddened to learn of Nino's passing. It is hard to believe that such an energetic, talented man is no longer with us. I met Nino soon after he assumed the position as head of the (then) Electrical Engineering Department at NCSU. At the time, while I was a member of the EE faculty, I was serving as director of the Engineering Operations Program, which was winding down. After meeting with me, Nino offered me the position of associate head of the department. That turned out to be a huge factor in my future career. He entrusted me to handle many of the department's operations, and he gave me his full support. He was a delight to work with, and I will be forever indebted to him.
Please accept our sincerest condolences and prayers for God's peace at this difficult time in your life.
Bill and Mary Easter

Sarah Rajala

24 mai , 2018

Dearest Judy, Maria, and family,

I was deeply saddened to hear the news about Nino's passing. Jim's and my thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

It was 39 years ago that I arrived at NC State as a new faculty member. About one month later, Nino arrived as our new department head. Ironically, both of us with Michigan roots. Nino was a friend, a mentor and a highly valued colleague. Much of my success as faculty member and engineering professional can be linked back to his encouragement and support, as well as the leadership opportunities he provided me. It was a privilege to serve an associate dean under Nino's leadership as Dean of Engineering and as a longtime colleague in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Nino will be greatly missed, but remain in our hearts forever.

May God be with each of you,

Sarah Rajala and Jim Aanstoos

Peter Kilpatrick

23 mai , 2018

Dear Judy and Family,

I had the joy of serving under Nino's leadership for many years at NC State. He was wise, fair, forward looking, and always provided me with helpful direction. He was also an authentically good person and a joy to work with. I am sorry for your loss and pray that our Lord will comfort your hearts and minds in the knowledge that Nino is granted eternal rest in his loving arms.

With my sincerest condolences,

Peter Kilpatrick

Scott Troutman

23 mai , 2018

My sincere prayers are with the Masnari family. Dean Masnari was an incredible leader for NC State and the College of Engineering. I felt honored to have gotten to know him and as a NC State engineering graduate, I thank him for the tremendous value he added to the academic and economic mission of NC State. You are known for the lives you touch, and Dean Masnari touched so many lives in a positive manner.
W. Scott Troutman

Shu-Cherng FANG

22 mai , 2018

Nino is certainly a first-class scholar and administrator. He is so thoughtful and so fair in his decision making. What is hard for me to forget is his smiles on a joint trip to Taiwan - he is so kind to people too. We'll miss Nino for sure!

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Biographie

Dr. Nino A. Masnari, distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering and dean emeritus of the College of Engineering at NC State University, passed away on May 19, 2018.

Born in Three Rivers, Michigan, September 20, 1935, Nino Antonio Masnari was the second son of Antonio and Giovanna (Lupato) Masnari. He married his college sweetheart, Judy E. Guild, on June 29, 1957, and they have three children Michael, Jeffrey and Maria.

Masnari received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, all in electrical engineering, from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1958, 1959 and 1964, respectively. His research interests were in the areas of silicon processing technologies and solid-state electronic devices. Following graduation, he began his career as a lecturer and research associate at the University of Michigan from 1964 to 1967. In 1967, he joined General Electric in Schenectady, New York, as an electronics engineer in research and development. In 1969, he joined the faculty of the University of Michigan as an associate professor, later being promoted to professor and director of the Electron Physics Laboratory.

Masnari joined NC State in 1979 as the head of the Department of Electrical Engineering. During his tenure as department head, the Department of Electrical Engineering was renamed in 1983 as the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, reflecting the growth and influence of computing. Other milestones included the hiring of the first woman faculty member in the department as well as the establishment of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Communications and Signal Processing, the Microelectronics Center for North Carolina, and the Electric Power Systems Research Center.

In 1988, after nine years of leading the department, he was awarded leadership of a prestigious NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) and became the founding director of the NSF ERC on Advanced Electronic Materials Processing and the SEMATECH Center of Excellence on Advanced Single Wafer Processing, both at NC State.

In 1996, Masnari was appointed dean of the College of Engineering at NC State, a position he held from August 1996 through June 2006, when he returned to the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

During his tenure as dean, the College of Engineering experienced a new era of growth and accomplishment. In 1997, the College held the grand opening for the Engineering Graduate Research Center, now the Monteith Research Center, and established the Women in Engineering Program. With the passage of a bond referendum in November 2000, the College began its move to NC State’s Centennial Campus. Masnari oversaw the construction of the first two academic engineering buildings to be constructed at NC State since 1964. Engineering Buildings I and II opened in 2004 and 2005, respectively. Funding was secured and construction began on Engineering Building III under Masnari’s leadership and opened in 2010.

With Masnari at the helm, the College of Engineering grew into the third largest producer of engineering and computer science degrees in the nation and research expenditures in the College nearly doubled to more than $90 million annually. Scholarship funding more than quadrupled, with total endowments growing to more than $51 million. The College received its largest gift from a single individual, a $10 million endowment in support of industrial engineering. As a result, the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering became the first named academic department in the history of the university. In addition, the College established the joint Department of Biomedical Engineering with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and added a bachelor’s degree in paper science and engineering. The College also became a leader in distance education, ranking as one of the best online degree programs in the nation and adding 2+2 programs that serve students across the state.

Under Masnari’s direction, the quality of entering freshmen increased, national recognition of faculty members and research by NSF tripled and four new centers and institutes were created. The College also grew in the number of programs for minorities and women, and the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program was established. The first woman associate dean was appointed during Masnari’s tenure as dean. Masnari also instituted an aggressive recruiting program. The quality of entering freshmen improved, 112 new faculty members were hired, and national recognitions by NSF tripled. The College and two faculty members received three prestigious Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). In addition, a novel orientation program for new faculty members was initiated, four new centers and institutes were created, and a number of other major research initiatives began.

A Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Masnari holds a patent for Process for Manufacturing Inertial Confinement Fusion Targets and Resulting Product. He was a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, Materials Research Society, Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, Tau Beta Pi, and Eta Kappa Nu.

Masnari is predeceased by his parents and two brothers, Bruno Masnari and Ray Masnari. He is survived by his wife and children as well as 5 grandchildren, Jonathan Masnari, Andrew Masnari, Nathan Masnari, Ryan Sendek and Brandon Sendek.