Ed "Ike" Eichelberger was a two-time NCAA Champion, winning the title in 1955 and 1956 in the 147 lb. weight class; both were undefeated seasons for the wrestler. He was also the 1955 Outstanding wrestler at the championships. In his three-year wrestling career at Lehigh, he lost only three matches, winning 94 percent of the time. Of the sport Eichelberger says, "Wrestling taught me to focus, pay the price, go the extra mile and really concentrate to achieve what I wanted." Announced in December 2008, Eichelberger was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum as a Distinguished Member in June, 2009.
Dr. Eichelberger graduated from Lehigh University with a B.S. in electrical engineering in 1956. He then attended Princeton to graduate with MA and PhD (also in electrical engineering) in 1963 before beginning his career at IBM.
At his division in Endicott, NY, Dr. Eichelberger worked in VLSI chip design, circuit design, design automation, and design for testability. He became the manager of the Advanced VLSI Technology and Testing Department at the Kingston facility. While at IBM, he published the first paper on Level-Sensitive Scan Design (LSSD) with Thomas Williams and made significant contributions to the area of weighted random patterns. Dr. Eichelberger holds over twenty patents including one of the first made on memory BIST (built-in self test). For his many patents, he received IBM's "Outstanding Contributor Award" in 1974.
For his achievements in his field, Dr. Eichelberger is an IBM Fellow as well as a life member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellows. He has won numerous awards including the first TTTC Lifetime Contribution Medal in 1999, the W. Wallace MacDowell Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Computer Arts in 1989 which he shared with Thomas Williams, three IBM Division Awards, and two IBM Corporate Awards.
Now retired from IBM, Dr. Eichelberger and his wife, Patsy, live in Suffolk, VA.
Degree: B.S. electrical engineering
Notable Achievement: National champion wrestler, holder of many patents in the fields of chip, circuit, and test design