In Memory of Professor Wen Hsiung Ko (葛文勋教授),
a MEMS Pioneer, who started the first APCOT Conference in 2002
22 Dec 2017
Professor Wen H. Ko, the Professor Emeritus in Electrical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, passed peacefully at home in Palo Alto, California at the age of 94 on 4 December 2017. He was a pioneer in MEMS and started the first
APCOT conference in Xiamen, China in 2002. He served as the chairperson of the steering committee of APCOT committee from 2002 to 2004. He served as the program chairman for the International Conference on
Solid-State Sensors and Actuators, Transducers 1981, Boston, MA, USA, 18-19 Nov, 1981; as the general chairman of 1985 International Conference on Solid-State Sensors and Actuators (Transducers 1985), Philadelphia, PA, 11~15 June, 1985. He was the IEEE fellow and Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering.
Professor Ko received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Xiamen University of China in 1946, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Case Institute of Technology, Cleveland, OH, in 1956 and 1959, respectively. He has been an Assistant, an Associate and a full Professor of electrical engineering and biomedical engineering, at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), Cleveland, OH, since 1959, 1962, and 1967, respectively. He became a Professor Emeritus in electrical engineering at CWRU on July 1993 and is active in research on MEMS and biomedical implants including micropackage and thin film power supplies. He is interested in solid state electronics, micro-sensors and actuators, MEMS, biomedical instrumentation, and control system design.
Photograph of Prof. Wen H. Ko & Mrs. Christina Ko (from Prof Alice Zhang, PKU, China)
(photo from Prof Alice Zhang, PKU, China)