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Harriet B. Rigas

Professor and Chair, Department of Electrical Engineering at Michigan State University
1983 DESA Recipient
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  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, 1963

Harriett Rigas, who received both her master's and doctorate in electrical engineering (1959 and 1963, respectively) was honored for her innovative teaching, research and educational administration. She was chair of the Michigan State University Department of Electrical Engineering after serving as chair of the Washington State University Department of Electrical Engineering. She developed the Washington State computer engineering curriculum and served on the National Academy of Sciences committee for scientific programs in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. 

One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times