Irons Endowed Lectures

Henry R. Irons (BS'43 and MS'47) established Henry R. and Gladys V. Irons Endowed Lectureship to provide financial assistance to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering for annual lectures for students, faculty, and the general university community at no charge to the participants. Speakers present on technical topics in the areas of electrical/wireless communications, computer hardware/software engineering, digital signal processing, systems and electronic controls, and solid-state electronics.


  • College/Year: ENG '43; ENG '47
  • Links to Oral History Sessions: Irons, Henry Raymond (May 16, 2008)
  • Naval Research Laboratory

Henry Raymond Irons, age 92, of Emlenton, PA passed away on October 17, 2013. He was born in Lakewood, New Jersey on January 19, 1921. Mr. Irons received a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University. During his 30 year career at the Naval Research Laboratory in Silver Spring, MD he patented several inventions.

Mr. Irons worked on radar for the US Navy at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC, as a civilian electrical engineer after graduating from Rutgers. As World War II progressed, Mr. Irons and his colleagues were inducted into the US Navy, but continued to serve in the same capacity. After the war, Mr. Irons spent much of his career as an engineer with the Naval Surface Weapons Center. His achievements there include co-inventing a magnetometer used to map the Earth's electromagnetic fields (now part of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum's collection) and designing circuits for the IMP and Explorer VI and XII satellites.


The ECE Irons lectures are supported by the Henry R. and Gladys V. Irons Endowed Lectureship.

Date: November 15, 2023
Speaker: Prof. Scott Acton, University of Virginia
Title: Visual Revolution: The Power of Images, Video, and Machine Learning
Date: October 4, 2023
Speaker: Prof. Robert Calderbank, Duke University
Title: Learning to Communicate
Date: April 19, 2023
Speaker: Prof. Alex Olshevsky, Boston University
Title: The Connection between Reinforcement Learning and the Gradient Descent
Date: April 12, 2023
Speaker: Prof. Xiaobo Sharon Hu, University of Notre Dame
Title: In-Memory Computing: from Devices to ApplicationsA Cross-Layer Perspective with a focus on Content Addressable Memories
Date: March 29, 2023
Speaker: Prof. Na Li, Harvard University
Title: Scalable distributed control and learning of networked dynamical systesm
Date: March 11, 2020
Speaker: Wilbur A. Lam, MD, PhD
Title: Clinical Translation of Engineered Microsystems in Hematology
Date: February 5, 2020
Speaker: Alireza Nojeh, University of British Columbia
Title: Vacuum Nanoelectronics
Date: October 30, 2019
Speaker: Nicholas Madamopoulos, The City College of the City University of New York (CUNY)
Title: Multifunctional Photonic Signal Processing Platforms for Analog and Digital Signal Processing
Date: April 17, 2019
Speaker: Maysam Chamanzar, CMU
Title: From Flexible Implants to Virtual Acousto-optic Neural Interfaces
Date: March 27, 2019
Speaker: Mehmet Toner, Harvard Medical School
Title: Extreme Microfluidics - Label Free Sorting of Extremely Rare Circulating Tumor Cells and Clusters
Date: March 8, 2019
Speaker: Mary 'Missy’ Cummings, Duke University
Title: A Machine Learning Approach to Modeling Human Interaction with Autonomous Systems