Class of 1951
Professor Hans H. Kuehl
Professor and Chairman, Engineering-Electrophysics Department, University of Southern California
USC Associates Award for Teaching Excellence, 1964
Developed the basic theory governing antennas in electronic plasmas
Inducted into Royal Oak High School Hall of Fame, 2006
Hans Kuehl graduated from Royal Oak High School in 1951. He was elected Treasurer of his class. After high school Hans attended Princeton and earned a degree in electrical engineering in 1955. He then attended the California Institute of Technology to earn his Ph. D. in 1959.
Dr. Hans Kuehl began his 45 year career as a professor in 1959. For eleven of those years he served as chairman of the Electrical Engineering-Electrophysis Department at the University of Southern California. The university recognized his work by selecting him in 1964 to receive the USC Associates Award for Teaching Excellence. This award is USC's highest award for exceptional teaching of both undergraduate and graduate courses. He was instrumental in the design of the electrical engineering curriculum at USC and was recognized as an "Innovator of the 21st Century" by the American Society of Engineering Educators.
Dr. Kuehl was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers in 1980 for his theory of antennas in electronic plasmas which was useful in missile defense. He also predicted the behavior of communication antennas on space vehicles during reentry. Professor Kuehl's research also includes discoveries that have had an important impact on the technology associated with fiber optic communications and broadband information transmissions.
Dr. Hans Kuehl was inducted into the Royal Oak High School Hall of Fame in 2006.