John Robert “Bob” Boston, PhD

Title: Professor (Retired)
Company: University of Pittsburgh
Location: Wexford, Pennsylvania, United States

John Robert “Bob” Boston, PhD, Retired Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in electrical engineering.

Dr. Boston became interested in electrical engineering while in high school. His interest grew when his university professor took him under his wing. His professor helped to give him direction in what he was doing and all about being involved in amateur radio. However, Dr. Boston only did amateur radio for just a little while. Before embarking on his professional career, he matriculated at Stanford University, earning a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering in 1964 and a Master of Science in electrical engineering in 1966. He then went to Northwestern University and received a Doctor of Philosophy in electrical engineering-biomedical engineering in 1971. Continuing with his education later, he also received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh in 1992.

Dr. Boston began his career in 1971 as a research associate for the Hospital Research and Education Trust of Northwestern University, staying for one year. In 1972, he became an assistant professor of electrical engineering at the University of Maryland, remaining until 1975. From there, he joined the University of Pittsburgh in 1975 and remained until he retired in 2010. While there, he held the positions of assistant professor of biomedical engineering, research associate professor of anesthesiology, associate professor of electrical engineering, undergraduate program coordinator of electrical engineering and professor of electrical engineering. Reflecting on his career, Dr. Boston is particularly proud of his time as an undergraduate coordinator. Another highlight of his career was when he was worked with graduate students doing research, as well as being able to see his students finish their degrees.

Throughout his career, Dr. Boston has authored articles in 60 publications, 60 proceedings and numerous chapters in books. As a testament to his success, he has received research grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Office of Naval Research and the Deafness Research Foundation. He has also been inducted as a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is a former member of the American EEG Society, Society of Neuroscience and Sigma Xi.

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