Indeck named ‘Missouri Inventor of the Year’

The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis’ (BAMSL) Patent, Trademark & Copyright Section has named Ronald S. Indeck, Ph.D., the Das Family Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering, the 2005 Missouri Inventor of the Year.

Indeck, also director of the University’s Center for Security Technologies, holds numerous patents relating to detecting magnetic media forgeries and high-speed data searching, which contribute greatly to the international fight against credit card fraud, identity theft and threats to national security.

Ronald Indeck
Ronald Indeck

Indeck’s collaborators and co-inventors on the detection work include School of Engineering & Applied Science faculty members Marcel Muller, Joseph O’Sullivan, Bob Morley, Mark Franklin, Ron Cytron and Roger Chamberlain.

Indeck received the award at a dinner March 23 at the Probstein Golf Course Clubhouse in Forest Park.

Indeck is experienced in magnetic measurements and modeling, physical security and authentication, and currently leads research in projects of recording physics, magnetic devices, authentication and exploiting massive databases.

He earned undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Minnesota.

In the 1980s, he was a National Science Foundation Research Fellow at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan. Since 1988, he has been in the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering at WUSTL.

He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed technical papers and has many awards.

He is past president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Magnetics Society.

Each year BAMSL’s Patent, Trademark and Copyright Section recognizes a Missouri inventor whose contributions to science or technology are outstanding.

Founded in 1874, BAMSL is a professional association of more than 6,500 lawyers and judges.