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Giving Story: Dr. Eliahu Jury

University of Miami College of Engineering (UMCoE) Alumni from the 1980’s in the Department Of Electrical And Computer Engineering were fortunate to learn from Dr. Eliahu Jury, a renowned academician who initiated the field of discrete-time systems, pioneered z-transforms and created the “Jury stability test.”

Originally from Baghdad, Iraq, Jury came to the United States in 1947 and moved to Miami in 1981.  By this time, he had already received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Harvard and his doctoral degree from Columbia University. He had enjoyed a remarkable career at University of California, Berkeley. An Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Life Fellow, Jury’s awards are too numerous to mention.  The above photo shows Eliahu Jury (right) and Yakov Tsypkin (left), who came to the UM to deliver the 1989 Jury Lecture. The cabinet in the background contains Eliahu Jury’s medals and honors, which he donated to the University.

Many generations of students and faculty have benefitted from Jury’s generosity. While at UM, Jury and his wife Joyce founded three separate endowed funds: The Eliahu and Joyce Jury Award, the Eliahu and Joyce Undergraduate Scholarship, and the Eliahu and Joyce Jury Service Award.

Jury, currently 95 years of age, still lives in Miami. His daughter Evelyn says that he recalls his time with the University very fondly and would love to hear from former students and colleagues. Please contact Lisa Merritt at LMerritt@miami.edu if you would like to be in touch with or send a message to Dr. Jury.

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