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PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1966
MSc, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1963
BS, University of Southern California, 1961

Donald Snyder

Senior Professor


From 1966 to 1969, Dr. Snyder was on the faculty of M.I.T. He joined Washington University in 1969 as a member of the faculty of the Electrical Engineering Department and the Biomedical Computer Laboratory of the School of Medicine where he participated in research with Jerome R. Cox, Michael TerPogossian, and others in the development of positron-emisson-tomography systems. He was the Samuel C. Sachs Professor of Electrical Engineering and Professor of Radiology. He served as Chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering from 1976 to 1986. He is the founding Director of the Electronic Systems and Signals Research Laboratory in the Department of Electrical Engineering, and he served as director of this laboratory from 1986 to 1998. During this period, ESSRL grew to seven faculty, twenty-five graduate students, and a handful of undergraduate students working together on research in fundamental aspects of imaging applied to biomedical, astronomical, and remote-sensing problems. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, cited for “contributions to estimation theory and applications to communications and medicine,” and he served as the 1986 President of that Institute’s Information Theory Society. He became Senior Professor in 2003.

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