Omar Wing received his B.S. from the University of Tennessee in 1950, M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1952 and EngSc.D. from Columbia University in 1959. He is Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering of Columbia University, where he had been a faculty member of the Department of Electrical Engineering since 1956 until he retired in 1993. He is also Professor Emeritus of Information Engineering of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he served as the founding Dean of the Faculty of Engineering of that university from 1991 to 1998.
At Columbia University, he taught and did research in circuit theory, computer aided analysis and design of electronic circuits, and design automation of very large-scale integrated circuits. He served as Chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering two terms from 1974-78 and 1983-86.
At the Chinese University of Hong Kong, he formally established the Faculty of Engineering in 1991. At present it comprises five departments: Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering, Computer Science, Systems Engineering and Engineering Management, and Mechanical and Automation Engineering. It has 90 faculty members, 1800 undergraduates and 600 graduate students.
He is the author or co-author of 58 journal papers published mostly in the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems. He is also the author and co-author of 100 conference papers presented mostly in the IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems. He has published three textbooks in circuit theory and one in GaAs circuit design.
He supervised the completion of 30 Ph.D. theses in such subjects as graph theory, distributed parameter circuit theory, sparse matrix techniques, and computer aided analysis and design of very large scale integrated circuits.
Professional experiences include serving as President of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (1978), Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems (1975-77), and the General Chairman of the First IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (1968).
Industrial experiences comprise four years at Bell Telephone Laboratories from 1952 to 1956, where he did research and development work on the design of electric filters for anti-submarine defense, and microwave filters for long distance communications. He was a consultant at Bell Laboratories at various times after becoming a faculty member at Columbia University. As consultant, he worked on design automation of very large-scale integrated circuits and modeling of the metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor for high-speed operations.
Since 1979, he has been visiting China, giving lectures and short courses on computer aided analysis and design of electronic circuits at some 25 leading universities and research institutes. He was appointed Consultant Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 1983, Consultant Professor at Beijing University of Posts and Communications in 1990, and Honorary Professor at Xian Jiao Tong University in 1998.
He held Visiting Professorships at universities in China, Denmark, England, the Netherlands, India and Taiwan at various times. He had also visited universities in Japan, Korea, the USSR, Turkey, Portugal and Germany, where he gave seminars on computer aided analysis and design of electronic circuits. Most recently, he was Visiting Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2000, teaching a course on Radio Frequency integrated circuit design; and at the State Key Application-Specific Integrated Circuits and Systems Laboratory, Fudan University in 2001 and 2002, teaching and doing research on radio frequency circuit design and simulation.
He is Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and a recipient of the IEEE Centennial Medal (1983), the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Award (1989), the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Jubilee Award (2000), and the IEEE Third Millennium Medal (2000). He was elected to receive the Great Teacher Award of Columbia University (1973) and the Outstanding Instructor of the Year Award of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia (1991).