Jim Plummer

  • Stanford University

Jim Plummer joined the Stanford faculty in 1978 and became Professor of Electrical Engineering in 1983. He was the Frederick Emmons Terman Dean of the School of Engineering from 1999 until 2014. During his tenure as dean, the school renewed or replaced much of its laboratory and classroom space, dramatically increased the number of students majoring in engineering and created interdisciplinary programs like the Bioengineering Department, which is jointly operated with the medical school, the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school) and the Stanford Technology Ventures (entrepreneurship) programs that changed the nature of engineering education. Plummer was a strong advocate as dean for ensuring that engineering majors take advantage of the full set of opportunities at a liberal arts institution like Stanford. His research has involved a variety of areas in the broad field of silicon devices and technology. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the IEEE. Plummer has received many awards for his research, including the 2007 IEEE Andrew Grove award and the 2014 IEEE Founders Medal. He obtained his BS degree from UCLA and his MS and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.