The Michael and Judith Gaulke Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Mike and Judy GaulkeCalifornia residents Mike and Judy (Mellenthin) Gaulke grew up in Hood River, Ore. , where Judy's father, an OSU professor in pomology horticulture, ran the horticultural experiment station. They graduated from OSU, Mike from the College of Engineering in 1968 and Judy from the home economics program in 1965.

Judy worked as a Pan American international flight attendant, a Sunset Magazine cookbook editor, and as a food stylist before becoming a fulltime artist. Mike became a successful engineering executive in Silicon Valley. Before his retirement in 2009 he spent 18 years at Exponent, Inc., a leading engineering and consulting firm that performs in-depth investigations in more than 90 technical disciplines to analyze accidents and failures and determine their causes. He was inducted into OSU's Engineering Hall of Fame in 2008.

To help OSU's School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science continue to increase in excellence and build its international reputation, in 2012 the Gaulkes made a $3.5 million commitment to create the school's first endowed faculty fund. The gift represented the largest endowed faculty fund to date in the College of Engineering.


John Wager

John WagerThe inaugural holder of the Gaulke Chair is electrical engineering professor John Wager, an award-winning teacher and dedicated researcher.

A specialist in solid-state materials and devices, Wager is internationally recognized for his leading role in the development of transparent electronics. His other recent research thrusts include metal-insulator tunneling electronics and thin-film solar cells. He is director of OSU's Materials Synthesis and Characterization Facility and a co-founder of the Corvallis-based company Inpria; research from his group also led to the formation of start-up company Amorphyx.

After earning his bachelor's degree in engineering physics from OSU, Wager completed master's and doctoral programs in electrical engineering at Colorado State University. For two years he worked at Hughes Research Laboratories, where he was involved in the development of compound semiconductor devices for high-speed and optoelectronic applications. He then returned to OSU as a faculty member in 1984.

Wager has received numerous awards including the 1989 Loyd Carter Award for outstanding and inspirational teaching in the OSU College of Engineering, the 1996 OSU College of Engineering Alumni Professor Award for outstanding scholarly contributions to the College and to the University, the 2000 OSU College of Engineering Research Award for outstanding and sustained research leadership, the OSU 2006 Sigma Xi Researcher of the Year, the 2007 College of Engineering Research Collaboration Award, and the 2012 Society for Information Display Special Recognition Award ("For his pioneering contributions to the development of oxide TFTs").


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