About the Authors

Donald Kirk

Donald E. Kirk is Dean Emeritus of Engineering at San Jose State University. His career spanned more than 40 years of service as a faculty member and administrator at the Naval Postgraduate School and San Jose State University. He spent a sabbatical year at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and also served as a Program Officer in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation. Kirk is the author of texts on optimal control theory, linear systems and digital signal processing. His research has been in the areas of optimal estimation and control, and digital signal processing. Kirk is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education. From the IEEE Education Society he received the Edwin C. Jones Meritorious Service Award, the Achievement Award, and was co-recipient with Robert D. Strum, of the McGraw-Hill/Millman Award for Excellence in Textbook Authorship. Kirk has also served on the Steering Committee of the Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers and was recognized for service to this Conference. He has also served as an ABET Accreditation Evaluator, a member and chair of the IEEE Committee for Engineering Accreditation Activities, a member of the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Education Society, , and as an associate editor for ASEE’s Journal of Engineering Education.

Robert Strum

Robert D. Strum is Professor Emeritus in electrical and computer engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School. He wrote textbooks on discrete systems, digital signal processing, circuits and networks, several programmed books on linear systems, and was the co-originator of the BookWare Companion Series TM. Strum recieved numerous honors and awards, including a senior Fulbright scholarship emphasizing educational technology in Great Britain, The Jacob Millman Award (with Donald E. Kirk), and the Western Electric Award for contributions to engineering education.