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Full name: 
William R Callen Jr
Job title: 
Professor Emeritus
Email address: 
Work phone: 
404/894-2919
Fax: 
404.894.4641
Office: 
VL W407

Dr. Russ Callen was born in Selma Alabama, and attended public schools there through high school. He obtained the A.B. in physics from Princeton University in 1965 and the M.S. and Ph.D. in applied physics from Stanford University in 1967 and 1971, respectively.

He has been a faculty member in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech since 1970. He is the co-author of "An Introduction to Lasers and Their Applications", one of the first undergraduate laser texts. He has enjoyed teaching a wide variety of courses at Tech, including lasers, electro-optics, circuits, digital and analog electronics, materials, machinery, systems, and electromagnetics, and has developed a course: "Electrical Engineering in American Society", jointly taught with faculty in the School of History, Technology, and Society. He is the course administrator and principal instructor of short courses on preparation for the Fundamentals of Engineering and the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exams.

For leisure, he enjoys swimming and canoeing.

Research interests: 
  • Engineering educational methods
  • Integration of engineering and the humanities
  • Professional engineering education
Distinctions: 
  • NASA Certificate of Recognition for Laser Scanning System, 1984.
  • Engineer of the Year in Education in Metro-Atlanta, 1989.
  • Tau Beta Pi Eminent Engineer, 1990. · Georgia Institute of Technology Outstanding Service Award, 1992.
  • Georgia Institute of Technology Outstanding Continuing Education Award, 1996
  • Order of Omega Award for Excellence in Classroom Instruction and Dedication to Students
  • School of Electrical and Computer Engineering Richard M. Bass-Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Teacher Award

W. Russell Callen, Jr.: "Teaching on Video," invited presentation at the Center for Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, 1995.

B. Sinclair, W.R. Callen, and D. Morton, "The Context of Engineering: A SUCCEED Course at Georgia Tech," The Innovator, No.5, pp. 12-14, Fall 1995.

W. Russell Callen, Jr., D. Morton, B. Sinclair: "The Context of Engineering," Frontiers in Education Annual Conference Proceedings, pp. 3b4.5-3b4.8, 1995.

W. Russell Callen, Jr., S.M. Jeter, A. Koblasz, J.T. Luxhoj, H.R. Paraei, C.S. Park, W.G. Sullivan, G.J. Thuesen: "Statistical Analysis of Students' Performance in New Engineering Science Core Courses with Economic and Design Concepts," Frontiers in Education Annual Conference Proceedings, pp. 3c3.1-3c3.4, 1995.

W.R. Callen, S.M. Jeter, Arthur Koblasz, H.R. Leep, J.T. Luxhoj, C.S. Park, H.R. Parsaei, W.G. Sullivan, G.J. Thuesen, T.A. Weigel: "Statistical Analysis of Students' Performance in New Engineering Science Core Courses with Economic and Design Concepts," Frontiers in Education Annual Conference Proceedings, 25th Annual Conference, pp. 3c3.1-3c3.4, 1995.

W.R. Callen, S.M. Jeter, A. Koblasz, G.J. Thuesen, J.T. Luxhoj, W.G. Sullivan, C.S. Park, and H.R. Paraei, "Development of a Coordinated Package of Integrated Engineering Science Core Courses Featuring Enhanced Economic and Design Content," ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings, pp. 102-108, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, June 26-29, 1994.

D.C. O'Shea, W.R. Callen, Jr., and W.T. Rhodes, An Introduction to Lasers and Their Applications, Addison-Wesley, Reading, Massachusetts, 1977.

Last revised May 16, 2016