Eric R. Fossum ’79, H’14

Eric R. Fossum majored in physics and engineering at Trinity. He went on to earn an M.S. and a Ph.D. in engineering and applied science from Yale University. Fossum is a professor of engineering at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College and the faculty coordinator for Thayer’s Ph.D. Innovation Program. He is one of the world’s foremost experts on solid-state image sensors. Fossum’s work experience includes time at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, where he developed the camera-on-a-chip technology that is now used in billions of camera phones, video cameras, and other applications. He has published more than 260 technical papers and holds more than 180 patents.

A trustee since 2014, Fossum has served on Trinity’s Board of Fellows, STEM Advisory Board, Engineering Advisory Committee, and Engineering Advisory Council. In 1997, he was honored with Trinity’s Alumni Achievement Award. The College also awarded him an honorary doctor of science degree in 2014. He is the chair of the Academic Affairs Subcommittee and a member of the Student Life Subcommittee.

Fossum and his wife, Susan Fossum, live in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. He has three daughters and two stepchildren.