The University Record, October 1, 2001

Ronald J. Lomax—Distinguished Faculty Governance Award

Lomax (Photo by Bill Wood, U-M Photo Services)
For more than two decades, Ronald J. Lomax has labored steadfastly, often working quietly but effectively behind the scenes, to increase the efficacy of faculty on governance at the University of Michigan at all levels.

As a member of Senate Assembly from 1987 to 1990 and from 1993–1997, Professor Lomax made positive and thoughtful contributions to that body’s deliberations. He served on the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs (SACUA) 1993–1997 and on the Academic Affairs Advisory Committee from 1989 to 1991, including one year as co-chair. Professor Lomax provided distinguished service as SACUA’s liaison to the Health Affairs Advisory Committee, the Government Relations Committee, and the Student Relations Committee, and as a member of the Faculty Perspectives Page Advisory Board. He also chaired the SACUA Subcommittee on the Professoriate in 1993.

A member of Senate Assembly’s Rules Committee 1993–2000, Professor Lomax chaired the group for two years. Under his leadership, the Rules Committee made significant contributions to the revision of the Rules of the Senate Assembly and SACUA and to the reapportionment of Senate Assembly, including formalization of the apportionment procedure. The group also analyzed and reported the possible effects of including clinical faculty in the Assembly.

Professor Lomax, an esteemed member of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science faculty since 1961, was promoted to professor in 1973 and named professor emeritus in 2000. He chaired the Electrical Engineering Division Graduate Program 1985–1991. Other major committee assignments included the Rackham Divisional Board for the Physical Sciences and Engineering, the Senior Scholarship Committee, and the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching Review Committee.

Professor Lomax has done outstanding research in the areas of gaseous and solid-state plasmas, vacuum and solid-state microwave electronic devices, electron guns, and computer simulation of electron devices.

He is a Fellow of the Cambridge Philosophical Society, a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and a member of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. His many honors include the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Service Excellence Award and the Class of 1938E Award for Distinguished Service as an Engineering Teacher.

In recognition of his research, his outstanding teaching, and his dedication to faculty governance, the University of Michigan is pleased to present to Ronald J. Lomax its Distinguished Faculty Governance Award.