Instructor Brings Engineering to Life for Students

Honor Salutes Lecturer's Ability to Apply Electronics Theory to the Real World

July 9, 2009

Having worked for some of the world’s top technology companies, Dr. Randall Lehmann realizes the importance of applying theory to real-world applications – and that’s partly why electrical engineering students in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science voted him their favorite instructor for the just-completed academic year.

“He is very knowledgeable with many years of industrial experience, and he uses this experience to teach both theory and, most importantly, application,” wrote one student in nominating Dr. Lehmann, a senior lecturer in electrical engineering. “He challenges his students to look at problems with an engineering approach and common sense. He desires the best for his students and wants them to learn and eventually succeed as engineers.”

Added another student: “Dr. Lehmann makes what could be a dry, mathematical subject, such as microwaves, approachable and understandable. He brings his real-world experience into the classroom and brings the subject to life.”

And yet Dr. Lehmann’s goals also extend beyond connecting theory with application.

“The students are given opportunities to do their own problem-solving and get a better idea of what it means to be an engineer,” he said. “But I want our graduates to be not only great engineers but also men and women of integrity who are disciplined and willing to make courageous decisions when faced with difficult pressure in both their professional and personal lives.”

And the students aren’t the only ones to get satisfaction from his classes, he added.

“I enjoy the close interaction with the students,” he said. “We have a great group of engineering students at the University who are highly motivated and want to learn. It is an honor to work with them.”

This fall Dr. Lehmann will teach three courses: RF Circuit Design Principles, RF/Microwave Systems Engineering, and Microwave Design and Measurements.

Dr. Lehmann holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Southern Methodist University. He has more than 30 years of experience with such companies as Texas Instruments, Raytheon and TriQuint Semiconductor. At TI, he was part of the team that developed one of the world’s first gallium-arsenide monolithic microwave integrated circuit transmit/receive radar chips for electronically steered phased-array applications. He has authored or presented more than 30 papers, he holds six patents, and he is a senior member of IEEE.


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Dr. Randall Lehmann

Dr. Randall Lehmann says his “students are given opportunities to do their own problem-solving and get a better idea of what it means to be an engineer.”

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