Thirty years of service has now been memorialized in the dedication of an electrical and computer engineering laboratory in honor of the late Jon McDearman, former electrical engineering professor at Tennessee Technological University. Students, faculty and staff honored McDearman's service to Tennessee Tech as a professor, mentor and friend. During the ceremony to name the Jon R. McDearman Basic Circuits Laboratory, colleagues and friends spoke of him, his work and his dedication to the university.
Dr. McDearman sacrificed in so many ways for the students, and he deserved this honor bestowed on him," said Charles Hickman, interim dean of the College of Engineering.
During his time at Tennessee Tech, McDearman placed great emphasis on the development of labs for the university. He helped establish the Hybrid Microelectronics Laboratory, Basic Electronic Laboratory, Hardware/Software Laboratory and Computer Systems Laboratory in the department of electrical and computer engineering.His accomplishments include publishing a number of articles and reports and conducting externally funded research. McDearman also co-authored the winning state proposal that established the Center of Excellence in Electric Power in 1985. He won a national IEEE Centennial Medal for his contributions to electrical engineering education and for his services to IEEE as the founding editor of "Potentials," the IEEE student magazine. Also honoring the personal aspect of McDearman's service to Tennessee Tech, P.K. Rajan, chairperson of the department of electrical and computer engineering, said McDearman provided unbiased counsel and donated his time in selfless service to the department. According to Anne Neufeldt, secretary in the electrical and computer engineering department, he genuinely cared for the students' well-being. "One could have no finer legacy than to be thought of so highly by colleagues and especially students," said Angelo Volpe, President of Tennessee Tech. Memorabilia and several of McDearman's awards will be on display in a showcase cabinet in the laboratory, located in Brown Hall Room 407.