Joan Fallon | February 10, 2020
Anthony N. Michel, the Matthew H. McCloskey Dean Emeritus of the College of Engineering and the Frank M. Freimann Professor Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, died Saturday, Feb. 1. He was 84.
Michel was a leading expert in the qualitative analysis of dynamical systems with emphasis on stability theory and applications. His work focused on hybrid dynamical systems and discrete-event systems, large scale dynamical systems, robust stability and systems with saturation nonlinearities.
Michel was co-author of 12 books, past editor-in-chief of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Transactions on Circuits and Systems and past president of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society. He was a life fellow of the IEEE.
Michel joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1984 as chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering. From 1988 until 1998, he served as the McCloskey Dean of the College of Engineering.
“He had an enormous impact on the college,” said Tom Fuja, professor of electrical engineering and interim dean. “His leadership in establishing the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and in laying the groundwork for the strength we have today in nanoelectronics helped transform engineering at Notre Dame.
“Tony came to Notre Dame as an internationally regarded scholar at a time when we were a small faculty that focused almost completely on undergraduate education. His leadership helped push us to the next level,” Fuja said.
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