Silicon Valley Engineering Council
1994 Hall of Fame Recipients
Dr. Joseph B. Franzini
Joseph B. Franzini, Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering, served on the faculty at Stanford University from 1950 to 1986, where he taught fluid mechanics and water resources engineering. Since retirement from Stanford, he has been active as an engineering consultant. He is co-author of the widely used textbooks, Water Resources Engineering and Fluid Mechanics With Engineering Applications. The water resources book, which is used throughout the world, is recognized as one of the most authoritative technical publications in its field.
For over 30 years, Dr. Franzini served as a special consultant to George S. Nolte and Associates, a civil engineering firm in San Jose. Franzini has worked on many water projects in the Silicon Valley and has served as a consultant to many government agencies and private organizations, both in this country and abroad. His experience in professional practice added considerably to the scope of his teaching, as he could bring real-world problems and their solutions into the classroom. In his teaching, he always stressed practicality and professionalism. He encouraged his students to participate actively in professional societies, to pursue registration as professional engineers, and to employ the highest ethical standards.
Franzini received his bachelors and masters degrees from the California Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. from Stanford University. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and a member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Society for Engineering Education, and the American Institute of Hydrology. Dr. Franzini, an outstanding scholar and engineer, is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of California and has served as President of the San Jose Branch of the San Francisco Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Dr. Paul J. Friedl
Paul J. Friedl is known by many people as the Father of the Personal Computer He was the chief architect and inventor of the worlds first personal computer and also developed the predecessor of the modern spreadsheet program in 1973, long before personal computers, as we know them today, were introduced. He christened his computer SCAMP (Special Computer APL Machine Portable), and it became the father of the IBM 5100 and the grandfather of the ubiquitous IBM PC, which was introduced in August 1981, nearly eight years later The original SCAMP is now in the Smithsonian Institute.
Dr. Friedls 32-year career with the IBM Palo Alto Scientific Center as a senior engineer and manager included pioneering work in industrial process control, laboratory automation, knowledge-based expert systems, distributed computing, and computer conferencing systems. He also authored many technical papers and patent disclosures. He invented the IBM People Sharing Information Network (PSInet) Computer Conferencing System, which is being used by kindergarten through 12th-grade educators throughout the country.
He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and is a Registered Professional Control Systems Engineer in California. He received his bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in Chemical Engineering from Case Institute of Technology, where he was a Westinghouse Fellow for two years.
Dr. Friedl represents the perfect combination of a practical engineer with numerous scientific and practical accomplishments to his credit and the visionary who works to transform the future into todays reality.
Dr. George L. Sullivan
Dr. George L. Sullivan came to Santa Clara University as Professor of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in 1912 to establish the School of Engineering. He was named Dean of Engineering in 1918 and remained in that role for 37 years. During World War II, he organized and conducted courses for the Federal Engineering, Science, and Management Program. Through his efforts, the school achieved ECPD accreditation in 1937.
Dr. Sullivan was named Dean Emeritus on his retirement in 1955. In 1961, a new Engineering Center was completed and named in recognition of his dedication, leadership, and inspiration. This program was timely to meet the needs of the technology boom destined to transform the agricultural Valley of Hearts Delight into Silicon Valley.
Dr. Sullivan was also an eminent practicing professional engineer. He held the position of Santa Clara City Engineer from 1928 to 1934. In addition, he was a consulting engineer for the San Jose Sewage Treatment Plant, Dr. Charles G. Hyde of the University of California at Berkeley, the Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties sewage collection and disposal, the Golden Gate Bridge construction, the Santa Clara-Alameda-San Benito Counties Water Authority, the Santa Clara Valley Water Conservation District, the U.S. Department of the Interior (Saline Water Conversion), the Board of Regents of the University of California, the California State University Board of Trustees on Engineering Education, and the Chair of the City of Santa Clara Planning Committee.
Dr. Sullivan was granted Mechanical Engineer License No. 1 by Governor Earl Warren and was the first president of the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers.
Mr. Daniel M. Tellep
Dan Tellep has been a vital force in the growth of engineering in the Silicon Valley. His contributions as an engineer and leader began in 1955 at Lockheed Missiles & Space Company, Inc. (LMSC) as principal scientist for the first U.S. reentry flight experiments program, which established the technical base for the design of the first-generation reentry vehicles. Tellep participated in the design and development of all generations of the U.S. submarine-launched Fleet Ballistic Missile system. He was involved in development of the MILSTAR communications satellite program and numerous other advanced missile and space technology efforts. After serving as the President of LMSC and the Lockheed Missiles & Space Systems Group, he assumed his current position as Chairman and C.E.O. of the Lockheed Corporation, where he is setting the strategic direction of the corporation and guiding it into the post Cold War era.
In recognition of his technical contributions, Tellep was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the American Astronautical Society, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He received the Lawrence Sperry Award in 1964 for his contributions to reentry technology and advancements in the field of heat transfer, and the AIAA Missile Systems Award in 1986. In 1993, Aviation Week & Space Technology honored him with its distinguished Aerospace Laureate Award, and he received the Air Force Association John R. Allison Award for Industrial Leadership.
He has made important contributions to the local engineering community. He led the successful San Jose State Project 88 campaign and received the Tower Award for support to the university. Additionally, he served on the advisory boards for both Santa Clara University and San Jose State Schools of Engineering.
Mr. Tellep graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1954 and received his M.S. from U.C. Berkeley in 1955.