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Jack Ruina
Professor Emeritus of MIT, Member of the Air Traffic Control Advisory Committee

Dr. Jack Ruina is a professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a position he has held since 1963.

From 1966 to 1970, he was vice president for Special Laboratories at MIT. From 1964 to 1966, during a two-year leave of absence from MIT, he served as president of the Institute for Defense Analyses in Arlington, Virginia.

From 1959 to 1963, he became research professor in the Coordinated Science Laboratory, as well as a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Illinois.

From 1959 to 1963, during a leave of absence from the University of Illinois, he served in the Department of Defense. In 1961, he became director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency. In 1960, he served for one year as assistant director, Defense Research and Engineering, Office of the Secretary of Defense, and from 1959 to 1960, he became deputy for research to the Assistant Secretary of Research and Engineering, U.S. Air Force.

In 1954, he joined the University of Illinois as a research associate professor in the Control Systems Laboratory, holding this position until 1959. From 1952 to 1954, he was associate professor. In 1951, he became assistant professor at Brown University and in 1950, Dr. Ruina was an instructor in electrical engineering.

From 1948 to 1950, Dr. Ruina was a research fellow at the Microwave Research Institute of the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn.

Dr. Ruina has served on many government advisory committees in the Department of Defense; Department of Transportation; Department of Health, Education and Welfare; the National Science Foundation; and the Office of Technology Assessment.

From 1977 to 1981, he was senior consultant to the Executive Office of Science and Technology and from 1969 to 1973 he was a member of the General Advisory Committee of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.

In 1962, Dr. Ruina received the Flemming Award as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men in Government. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Other memberships include the International Scientific Radio Union, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Council on Foreign Relations, and Sigma Xi.

Dr. Ruina attended the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, where he received a master of science and doctorate in electrical engineering in 1949 and 1951. He received his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the City College of New York in 1944.

Dr. Jack Ruina was made an honorary member of the MITRE board of trustees in 1997. He served as vice chairman from 1992 to 1997. He has been a member of the board since 1992.

(Biography from MITRE Corporation)

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