Frank Elected to National Academy of Engineering

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Carnegie Mellon University alumnus and trustee Dr. Edward Frank, who led the development of four generations of Macintosh computers, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest professional distinctions an engineer can receive.

Frank earned his Ph.D. from the School of Computer Science in 1985 and has been a member of CMU's Board of Trustees since 2000. He was elected to the NAE for his "contributions to the development and commercialization of wireless networking products."

Currently, CEO of Brilliant Lime Inc., Frank has held leadership positions in several Bay Area technology companies, including Apple, Broadcom and his own startup, Cloud Parity Inc., which has developed an innovative social mobile platform for dramatically improved consumer engagement.

"Carnegie Mellon benefits from some of the finest minds in the nation — on our faculty and among our students, to be sure, but just as important, on our board of trustees, as illustrated by this national recognition for Dr. Ed Frank," said CMU Interim President Farnam Jahanian. "Ed's distinction in his field allows him to bring an important lens to some of the university's most critical work, even as his provocative insights and deep commitment to CMU make him a leader in our shared stewardship for this great institution."

Frank was vice president of Macintosh Hardware Systems Engineering at Apple from 2009 to 2013, when he pioneered the development of several iterations of laptops and desktop computers.

Before joining Apple, he was corporate vice president of Research and Development at Broadcom, where he co-founded and led the engineering group for Broadcom's Wireless LAN business, one of its largest units. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Frank was a distinguished engineer at Sun Microsystems, Inc., where he developed Sun's Green Project, the precursor to the Java cross-platform web programming language.

He holds more than 50 patents, serves on the boards of several technology companies and is an adviser to Bay Area venture capital firms and startups.

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