GERARD A. ALPHONSE
“With his indomitable drive and desire which have led him to accomplish pioneering work in his field, Dr. Alphonse has demonstrated himself as a paragon of excellence…his ingenuity has served as an inspiration to many around our globe.” – Ambassador Paul Altidor
Dr. Gerard A. Alphonse is a prominent engineer, physicist and research scientist. He has helped pioneer technology that powers numerous inventions, including computers, microwaves, ultrasounds and compact discs.
Born and raised in Haiti, he received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in electrical engineering at New York University, and his Ph.D. in electrophysics at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. During his 40-year career at RCA Laboratories/David Sarnoff Research Center, he has authored and co-authored more than 120 scholarly papers and holds more than 60 U.S. and foreign patents.
Throughout his career, Dr. Alphonse has held several educational and consulting roles. He taught courses in electrical engineering and physics at LaSalle University in Philadelphia, and served as the physics department chairman. In October 1975, he was appointed a consultant to the National Science Foundation. He also has spent more than 45 years in volunteer leadership for the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, where he served in numerous capacities, including USA president (in 2005), and member of the Board of Directors.