LEONARD SHAW has a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and the MS and PhD in EE from Stanford University. He is a professor of Electrical Engineering at Polytechnic University where he was Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (1982-1990), Dean of the School of EE & CS (1990-1994), Director of the Westchester Graduate Center from 1994 to 1996, and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies from 1995 to 1996 .
Since joining Polytechnic in 1960 (then Brooklyn Poly) he has also been a visitor at the Technical University of Eindhoven in The Netherlands (1970), at the Ecole Superieure de Mecanique in Nantes, France (1977), and at the School of Engineering at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England (1998), and has served as an industrial consultant on problems of signal processing and automatic control, especially with Sperry Systems Management Division from 1964 to 1980.
His research has involved filtering and modelling of stochastic processes with applications to signal processing, control, and reliability. His chapter 1965 Optimum Stochastic Control in Disciplines and Techniques of Systems Control, (J. Peschon, Editor) contained the first description in book form of Kalman Filtering, and the separation theorem for the discrete-time LQG control problem. The 1975 text Signal Processing: Discrete Spectral Analysis, Detection and Estimation, written with Mischa Schwartz first introduced the title's topics to an undergraduate audience. He has supervised the research work of 20 PhD graduates, and he has been designated as a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his research contributions to modelling and control of stochastic systems.
Within the IEEE he served on the Publications Board since for many years starting in 1984, including four years as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Press, was Chair of the IEEE Technical Field Awards Committee for 1995-97, and has been an associate editor for publications and chairman of conferences of the IEEE Control Systems Society. He was President of the IEEE Control Systems Society for 2002 after have served as that Society's Vice President for Financial Affairs in 1992, 1993 and 2000.
Professor Shaw has extensive experience in engineering education, including teaching, curriculum development, serving on teams to accredit engineering programs for ABET and general university programs for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and serving on NSF panels to review curriculum innovation proposals. He was the Polytechnic representative to the NSF Gateway Engineering Education Coalition in which Polytechnic worked together with nine other universities on innovations in curriculum and teaching methods.