Computing pioneer to receive honorary U-M doctorate

By | November 2, 2018
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Lynn Conway, emerita professor of electrical engineering and computer science, speaks at a U-M workshop on nano and micro manufacturing. (Joseph Xu)

Forty years after her paradigm-shifting work in microchip design and education, Lynn Conway will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree at Winter Commencement 2018 on the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus.

Conway, U-M professor emerita of electrical engineering and computer science, is one of four respected leaders in the fields of engineering, English, business and academic medicine who are scheduled to receive honorary degrees. She will also deliver the commencement address at 2 p.m. on Dec. 16 at the Crisler Center.

She is internationally recognized for her transgender advocacy and her significant contributions to computer science. These include the development of a unified structural methodology that demystified the silicon chip design process and triggered the very-large-scale integration (VLSI) revolution in Silicon Valley in the late 1970s.