In Memoriam

John G. Skalnik, ECE Professor Emeritus


Photo of John Skalnik

John G. Skalnik, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, passed away at his care facility in Mission Viejo from natural causes on July 11, 2017. He was born in Medford, Oklahoma on May 30, 1923.

Dr. Skalnik received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Oklahoma State University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University, and he was an Associate Professor there before coming to UCSB.

Dr. Skalnik was a faculty member in the ECE department for 21 years, from July 1, 1965 until he retired on June 30, 1986. He was one of the founders of the UCSB Electrical Engineering Department and helped the transition to Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1972.   He also supervised the development of the Solid-State Laboratory. Dr. Skalnik co-authored many books, papers, reviews, and technical reports, including Theory and Applications of Active Devices (with H.J. Reichand H.L. Krauss).  He was highly regarded by his students and received the Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award in 1986.

Dr. Skalnik served as the EE Department Chair from 1968-71. In addition, he also served as the second Dean in the College of Engineering for five years from 1971-1976.

Professor Skalnik is survived by his wife of 70 years (Dianne), two sons (Bob and David), and two grandchildren (Christopher and Allison). Our campus flag will be lowered on Thursday, August 3, in honor of his memory and his many contributions.