Richard C. Jaeger was born in New York, New York, on September 2, 1944. Following graduation from the University of Florida in 1969, he joined the IBM Corporation working on precision analog design, integrated injection logic, microprocessor architecture and low temperature MOS device and circuit behavior. He holds three patents and received two Invention Achievement Awards from IBM.
In 1979 he joined Auburn University and was elevated to Distinguished University Professor in 1990. He is now Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering, but remains professionally active. He was instrumental in founding the Alabama Microelectronics Science and Technology Center (AMSTC) in 1984 and served as its Director until 1998. From October 2001 through 2004, he was Interim Director of Auburn University's Wireless Engineering Program and led implementation of Auburn's accredited Bachelor of Wireless Engineering degrees, a joint effort between the ECE and CSSE Departments. He also established the Wireless Engineering Research and Education Center (WEREC) at Auburn.
Professor Jaeger has published over 300 technical papers and articles, served as principal investigator on more than $8M in research contracts, and authored or co-authored eight textbook editions including the Second Edition of Introduction to Microelectronic Fabrication, Prentice Hall, 2002, the Fifth Edition of Microelectronic Circuit Design, McGraw-Hill, 2015, with T. N. Blalock, and Computerized Circuit Analysis Using SPICE Programs, McGraw-Hill, 1997, with B. M. Wilamowski. He received the 1998 IEEE Education Society McGraw-Hill/Jacob Millman Award for "Development of a Modern and Innovative Design-Oriented Electronic Circuits Text," and the 2004 IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award for "Excellence In Undergraduate Teaching and Development of Outstanding Textbooks for Courses In Microelectronics."
From 1980 to 1982 he served as founding Editor-in-Chief of IEEE MICRO Magazine, and subsequently received an Outstanding Contribution Award from the IEEE Computer Society for development of that magazine. He was elected to the Computer Society Governing Board for 1985-86, selected as one of the IEEE Computer Society's "Golden Core" and received the IEEE Third Millenium Medal.
Dr. Jaeger was a member of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Council from 1984-1991, serving the last two years as council President. From 1995-1998 he was Editor of the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits. He strongly supported and participated in the transition of the council to an IEEE Society and served as Solid-State Circuits Society Publications Committee Chair during 1998-2003. He was elected to the SSCS Adcom in 1999, and became society Vice President in 2004-2005 and President in 2006-2007. He established and chaired the SSCS Magazine Advisory Board during 2009-2011 and helped lead development of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Magazine. He received Outstanding Contribution and Outstanding Service Awards from the Solid-State Circuits Society.
Professor Jaeger was Program Chairman for the 1993 International Solid-State Circuits Conference, and Conference Chair of the 1990 VLSI Circuits Symposium. He was a member of the NAE VLSI Executive Committee from 1990-2006, chairing the committee during 2000-2006.
Dr. Jaeger was elected Fellow of the IEEE in 1986 for "Contributions to device technology for high performance analog and digital computer systems." He received the Birdsong Merit Teaching Award from the College of Engineering in 1991. In 1993, he was chosen as the Outstanding EE Faculty Member by the undergraduate students. In 1995, he was selected as the Distinguished Graduate Faculty Lecturer. In his spare time, he is an avid amateur radio operator (K4IQJ) who enjoys dxing and contest operation. He is a member of Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Tau, a Licensed Professional Engineer, and was first listed in Who's Who in America in 1990.