An IEEE Fellow, Mayo received a National Medal of Technology from former president George Bush in 1990.
Mayo began his career with Bell Labs -- now Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs -- in 1955. He worked on the design of the first transistorized digital computer, Tradic, a military development project. He then became supervisor for the T1 carrier project, a time-division multiplexed digital transmission facility capable of supporting 24 voice channels. Mayo also contributed to the development of the Telstar satellite communications system, electronic systems for ocean sonar and the world's first long-distance digital switching system.
After serving as Bell Labs' director of Ocean Systems Laboratory, executive director of the Ocean Systems division and the Toll Electronic Switching division, and vice president of Electronics Technology, Mayo became Bell Labs president in 1991. He served until mandatory retirement age in 1995. He is credited with globalizing Bell Labs and forging closer ties between its research and development and business units.
Mayo earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University.
Dr. Ralph W. Wyndrum, Jr., who worked with Mayo at Bell Labs and served as AAES chair last year, nominated him.
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