Joseph L. Stern
Year Inducted: 2003
Degree: (B.S.E. Electrical Engineering '44)
Bio: Mr. Stern passed away in November 2004. He was president of Stern Telecommunications Corp. (STC), New York City, a communications systems consulting company. STC has been responsible for the design of 26 CATV, three direct broadcast satellite, and seven private microwave systems. STC counsels municipalities and building owners on environmental impact matters and serves as expert witness on communications and patent matters. Following graduation, Mr. Stern worked for RCA and then served in the Army Signal Corps. In 1946, he began a long career with CBS. He was appointed Vice President of Engineering and was responsible for developing TV studio and transmitting facilities, including the Empire State Building plant, planning for the World Trade Center facility, and 12 other plants in North and South America and Israel. He worked on the development of color TV systems and converted all of the CBS transmitting plants to broadcast color. In 1975, he founded Stern Telecommunications Corp. He has five U.S. patents, including one awarded in December 2002 relating to the convergence of conventional TV and the Internet.