Thomas S. Huang was named the first William L. Everitt Distinguished Professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering at the UI. Huang came to the UI in 1980 as a professor of electrical engineering, after serving as a faculty member at MIT and Purdue University. Excited and pleased by the announcement, Huang said the honor holds special meaning for him. "I have been working in communications since my undergraduate student days. Dean Everitt had published a classic book in communication engineering that I had read, so he was one of my heroes," Huang said. "I hope I can be worthy of this." Everitt's children and grandchildren attended the April 15 event announcing Huang's appointment. Huang has made contributions to the fields of image processing, computer vision and visual communication. His work involves enhancing visual images and extracting three-dimensional motion information from image sequences. Nearly $1 million was raised for the professorship. Everitt's children, grandchildren and Motorola Inc. were some of the major contributors to the fund.