Stephen A. "Jack" Dyer | Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. - 1977, Kansas State University
M.S. - 1974, Kansas State University
B.S. - 1973, Kansas State University
3087 Engineering Hall
His technical career began when, at the age of 12, Stephen Dyer started his first business—a television repair service, which he expanded over the next few years to include analog-electronics design. At 14, he started an additional enterprise—in electroacoustics, involving design and construction of high-end sound-reinforcement loudspeaker systems. A year later, he also went into business with his brother, designing and crafting high-end consumer-audio systems and the fine cabinetry that housed them. Over those same years, he worked part-time as a technician for a firm that designed and installed commercial antenna-distribution systems. He later worked in the engineering department of Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, and as an electronics engineer in the research-and-development department of Seymour Machine Division.
Dyer taught Circuit Theory I during his junior‒senior year at K-State, but in 1974 he began his career in academics in earnest as a temporary instructor in electrical engineering at K-State. In 1975, he accepted a faculty position in physics and mathematics at Georgetown College, and in 1978, he joined the department of electrical engineering at the University of Kentucky as an assistant professor. In 1983, he returned to K-State as an assistant professor of electrical engineering. He was promoted to associate professor in 1985, and he served as associate head of electrical and computer engineering during 1987‒1989. In 1989, he was promoted to professor. He has also held appointments as a visiting professor at Rowan University and The Ohio State University.
Professor Dyer has taught more than 60 different courses in mathematics, physics, electrical and computer engineering, and entrepreneurship—some more than a dozen times. In addition, he has provided invited lectures in courses in anatomy and physiology, physical chemistry, aerodynamics, flight dynamics and stability, rapid design, creative problem-solving, business, and music.
From 1978 until the present, he has also done consulting in engineering forensics; engineering physics; analysis and design; and technical writing, review, and editorial work. He has provided services to about 45 clients on more than 50 projects.
Professor Dyer is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the states of Kansas and Kentucky. He also holds an FCC Commercial General Radiotelephone Operator License with Ship Radar Endorsement.
Professor Dyer’s research has spanned a number of areas, notably instrumentation and measurement, spectrometry, digital signal processing, communication theory, bioengineering, and systems engineering. Other related interests include numerical methods, analog and digital design, electroacoustics, electromagnetics, engineering education, and entrepreneurship.
Much of his research in the instrumentation-and-measurement field has also involved the design of a variety of instruments, examples of which include the following: ultrasound-therapy units, electrostimulation units, electronic weighmeters, inertial road profilers, rf-power meters, frequency synthesizers, acousto-optic Hadamard-transform spectrometers, dielectric-measurement systems, transducers for measuring induced microwave energy, heavy-ion isotachophoresis, general-purpose data-acquisition systems, fraction collectors, and alignment-pattern generators.
He and his research team made significant contributions to the development and refinement of stationary-mask Hadamard-transform spectrometry, working with analytical chemists W. G. Fateley (deceased) and R. M. Hammaker for more than a decade in the design and development of spectrum-recovery methods and fast algorithms to improve performance at low signal-to-noise ratios.
Dyer’s research and scholarship have focused recently on Tellegen’s Theorem and its centrality to circuit theory; multidisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity, and creativity in engineering education; and the history of engineering.
Professor Dyer is a life fellow of the IEEE. He was elected fellow in 1997, with the following citation: “For the design and development of spectrum-recovery methods and fast algorithms in Hadamard-transform multiplex spectrometry.”
He has been actively involved in the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society since the 1980s. He served in various capacities on that society’s administrative committee continuously from 1992 through 2011. For example, he served as editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation & Measurement, first for a four-year term, and later for two additional, shorter periods; he was founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Magazine; and he served three terms as the society’s president. The IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society presented Dyer with its 2005 Distinguished Service Award, and later, with its 2009 I&M Career Excellence Award.
Currently, Professor Dyer is involved with the IEEE Systems Council, serving as its vice president‒publications. Other editorial service included two terms as an editor for IEEE Micro Magazine and membership on the editorial board of the 24-volume Wiley & Sons Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronics Engineering.
Dyer has more than 135 technical publications, including one edited book—Survey of Instrumentation and Measurement (Wiley), which appeared both in print and, later, as an e-book—and eight chapters or sections of books. Research funding has come from the National Science Foundation, NASA, the U.S. Army, the Office of Naval Research, the Naval Surface Weapons Center, Sandia National Laboratories, Boeing Military, and Rockwell International, among others.
Four doctoral dissertations, twenty master’s theses, and four master’s reports have been completed under Professor Dyer’s supervision. Dyer was a recipient, in 2016, of K-State’s Professorial Performance Award.