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== John Guarrera: Biography   ==
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== Biography ==
  
[[Image:John Guarrera big grin 1171.jpg|thumb|right]][[Image:John Guarrera 1451a.jpg|thumb|right]]Born: 4 March 1922
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Died:  7 December 2006
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<br>Born in Rochester, New York to Italian immigrant parents in 1922, John Guarrera discovered an early interest in electricity when he started re-wiring homes at the age of 12. He took his childhood fascination with him to MIT which he started attending at the age of 17 in electrical engineering, and where he worked at the Rad Lab on such programs as the Rosebud black box.  
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Born: 4 March 1922
  
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Died:&nbsp; 7 December 2006
  
After graduating from MIT, Guarrera had various positions, including working for Bernard Rice’s Sons, Reeves Instrument, short teaching stints at NYU and City College in New York, Canoga working on tracking radars, Burton Industries with the Apollo Program, and even going into business for himself. Initially making microwave components, Guarrera’s business expanded, but eventually broke-up.
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Born in Rochester, New York to Italian immigrant parents in 1922, John Guarrera discovered an early interest in electricity when he started re-wiring homes at the age of 12. He took his childhood fascination with him to MIT which he started attending at the age of 17 in electrical engineering, and where he worked at the [[MIT Rad Lab|Rad Lab]] on such programs as the Rosebud black box.  
 
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Afterward,&nbsp;Guarrera went to teach at California State University, Northridge.&nbsp;He was credited with saving Northridge from elimination in the 1970s when the California State University Chancellor's office considered&nbsp;eradicating the campus.&nbsp; He did so by rallying professional support for a College of Engineering and Computer Science at the campus; by strengthening ties with local industry and professional groups, Guarrera was able to demonstrate&nbsp;that Northridge&nbsp;served a unique purpose as part of California's web of universities.&nbsp; Guarrera retired from CSUN in 2004.
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After graduating from MIT, Guarrera had various positions, including working for Bernard Rice’s Sons, Reeves Instrument, short teaching stints at NYU and City College in New York, Canoga working on tracking [[Radar|radars]], Burton Industries with the Apollo Program, and even going into business for himself. Initially making microwave components, Guarrera’s business expanded, but eventually broke-up.
  
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Afterward,&nbsp;Guarrera went to teach at California State University, Northridge.&nbsp;He was credited with saving Northridge from elimination in the 1970s when the California State University Chancellor's office considered&nbsp;eradicating the campus.&nbsp; He did so by rallying professional support for a College of Engineering and Computer Science at the campus; by strengthening ties with local industry and professional groups, Guarrera was able to demonstrate&nbsp;that Northridge&nbsp;served a unique purpose as part of California's web of universities.&nbsp; Guarrera retired from CSUN in 2004.
  
 
Guarrera&nbsp;was [[Presidents of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)|IEEE president]] in 1974.  
 
Guarrera&nbsp;was [[Presidents of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)|IEEE president]] in 1974.  
  
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[[Oral-History:John Guarrera|John Guarrera Oral History(1974)]]
  
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Latest revision as of 16:56, 12 March 2014

Biography

Born: 4 March 1922

Died:  7 December 2006

Born in Rochester, New York to Italian immigrant parents in 1922, John Guarrera discovered an early interest in electricity when he started re-wiring homes at the age of 12. He took his childhood fascination with him to MIT which he started attending at the age of 17 in electrical engineering, and where he worked at the Rad Lab on such programs as the Rosebud black box.

After graduating from MIT, Guarrera had various positions, including working for Bernard Rice’s Sons, Reeves Instrument, short teaching stints at NYU and City College in New York, Canoga working on tracking radars, Burton Industries with the Apollo Program, and even going into business for himself. Initially making microwave components, Guarrera’s business expanded, but eventually broke-up.

Afterward, Guarrera went to teach at California State University, Northridge. He was credited with saving Northridge from elimination in the 1970s when the California State University Chancellor's office considered eradicating the campus.  He did so by rallying professional support for a College of Engineering and Computer Science at the campus; by strengthening ties with local industry and professional groups, Guarrera was able to demonstrate that Northridge served a unique purpose as part of California's web of universities.  Guarrera retired from CSUN in 2004.

Guarrera was IEEE president in 1974.

Further Reading

John Guarrera Oral History(1974)