Ángel Jordán Goñi (Pamplona, 1930) graduated in Physical Sciences from the University of Zaragoza (1952). From 1952 to 1956, he researched servomechanisms and electronics at the Research Laboratory and Workshop of the Chief of Staff of the Navy. He then went to the United States and received a doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University (1959).
Associated with Carnegie Mellon University for the next 44 years, he has held a range of academic posts, including Dean of the Institute of Technology (1979-83), Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (1969-79) and Acting President of the Institute of Industrial Research (1983-85), the Software Engineering Institute and the College of Science (1987-88). From 1983 to 1991, he was University Provost.
His research and technological development work has significantly contributed to the advancement of our knowledge on subjects such as semiconductor physics, regulation and control, robotics, magnetism, microelectronics, computer engineering, image processing, instrumentation, education and technology transfer.
Ángel Jordán’s prestige reaches beyond the borders of the United States and he has sat on the boards of various institutions, such as the Universities of Harvard, Alabama, John Hopkins, Houston, California, Arizona, Drexel, Madrid Polytechnic… and served as President of the Association of Engineering of Pennsylvania.