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Grote Reber - Armour Institute, B.S. Electrical Engineering, 1933. Reber was a pioneer radio astronomer and engineer. Reber is recognized in the National Air and Space Museum as a founding father of radio astronomy. He constructed the first telescope designed specifically for radio astronomical observations of space in 1937 in his backyard, and in 1944 he published the first maps of the radio sky.

Abe M Zarem - Armour Institute, B.S. Electrical Engineering, 1939. After World War II, his work while heading the Basic Research Electronic Section of the U.S. Naval Ordnance Test Station opened a new field of microtime physics. During his time there he also invented the high-speed Zarem camera. Founder and chairman of Electro-Optical Systems, he subsequently served as Xerox senior vice president and board member, and later founded and was chairman and CEO of Xerox Development Corporation.

Leonard Reiffel - BS, MS, Ph.D Electrical Engineering, 1947-53. Reiffel’s inventions have contributed to nuclear physics, optics, electronics, video systems, and space sciences. He was group vice president for IIT Research Institute, deputy director of NASA’s Apollo Program, and on-air science commentator for CBS radio and television. His many honors include the prestigious Peabody Award.

Marvin Camras - Armour Institute, BS Electrical Engineering, 1940; MS Electrical Engineering, 1942; Honorary Doctorate, 1968. During his junior year of college, Camras created an innovative magnetic recording head that improved sound quality. Camras’ invention earned him his first patents and a position at the Armour Research Foundation. In that role, he modified his device for use by the U.S. Navy in training submarine pilots and the U.S. Army to thwart the enemy’s efforts through high-volume "decoy" attacks. Camras' research led to developments that underlie many modern recording and communication techniques. Camras also invented multi-track recording, magnetic soundtracks for motion pictures, and a prototype video tape recorder. His recording method also led to the technology behind audio and video cassettes, floppy disks and magnetic strips on credit cards. Camras received numerous awards for his contributions, most notably the 1990 National Medal of Technology from President George H. W. Bush—the highest honor bestowed by the President for technological achievement. He concluded his 50 year career at IIT in 1994, having been awarded more than 500 U.S. and international patents. In 1996 IIT launched Camras scholarships to attract the best and brightest high school students to careers in engineering.

Grant L. Hansen - B.S. Electrical Engineering, 1948. An aerospace innovator, Hansen is the retired president of Systems Development Corporation in Santa Monica, Calif. Through his work with the armed forces and leading aerospace industries, he has been instrumental in achieving both technical excellence and rapid progress for the U.S. space exploration program. Hansen was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for contributions to and engineering management of major missile programs.