Harvey Silverman graduated with B.S. and B.S.E. degrees from Trinity College in 1965 and 1966.  He attended graduate school at Brown University and received the Sc.M. in 1968 and Ph.D. in 1971.  In 1970 he joined the research staff at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights NY.  While there he initially worked on satellite image processing and computer performance before becoming a founding member of the speech recognition group.  From 1976-1980, he managed a group that was building speech recognition hardware.

In 1980 Dr. Silverman became a full professor at Brown University and was charged with the development of a computer engineering discipline within electrical engineering.  His research work was in the areas of speech recognition, architectures for digital signal processing and speech processing, and arrays of microphones.  In July 1991, Professor Silverman became Dean of Engineering at Brown and served in this capacity until 1998.  He continues as Professor of Electrical Sciences and Computer Engineering and focuses much of his current work in the area of microphone arrays.  Since 1980, Professor Silverman has been the advisor to 26 PhD’s.

Professor Silverman was made a Fellow of the IEEE in 1996 and he has served as a consultant for many companies.  He was a Charter Trustee of Trinity College from 1993-2003.  He has been a member of the Trinity Engineering Advisory Committee since its inception in 1992, and was the General Chairman of the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing in 1977.  He was also the Chair and a member of the IEEE ASSP Society’s Technical Committee on Digital Signal Processing from 1972 to 1983.

Dr. Silverman has over 150 archival journal and conference papers to date. In 1997 he received an Outstanding Engineering Alumni Certificate from Trinity College, in 1984 an IEEE Centennial Medal Award, in 1980 an IEEE ASSP Society Meritorious Service Award, and several patent and research awards while at IBM.