Dr. Jack Ruina is professor emeritus of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He taught at MIT from 1963 until his retirement in 1997. From 1966 to 1970, he was also vice president for special laboratories at MIT.
From 1964 to 1966, during a two-year leave of absence from MIT, he served as president of the Institute for Defense Analyses in Arlington, Virginia.
In 1954, he joined the University of Illinois as an associate professor of electrical engineering and a research associate professor in the Control Systems Laboratory, where he was head of the radar division of that lab. In 1959, he was promoted to full professor.
During a leave of absence from the university, he served in the Department of Defense. From 1959 to 1960, he was deputy for research to the assistant secretary of research and engineering, U.S. Air Force. He served as assistant director, defense research and engineering, Office of the Secretary of Defense, for a year, and then, in 1961, he became director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency.
Dr. Ruina joined Brown University as an instructor in electrical engineering in 1950 and became an assistant professor in the following year and an associate professor the year after that. From 1948 to 1950, Dr. Ruina was a research fellow at the Microwave Research Institute of the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn.
Dr. Ruina has served on many government advisory committees in the Department of Defense; Department of Transportation; Department of Health, Education, and Welfare; the National Science Foundation; and the Office of Technology Assessment. From 1977 to 1981, he was senior consultant to the Executive Office of Science and Technology, and from 1969 to 1973, he was a member of the General Advisory Committee of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.
In 1961, Dr. Ruina received the Arthur S. Flemming Award as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men in Government. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Other memberships include the International Scientific Radio Union, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Council on Foreign Relations, and Sigma Xi.
Dr. Ruina attended the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, where he received a master's degree and doctorate in electrical engineering in 1949 and 1951, respectively. He received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the City College of New York in 1944.