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SAGE ANDREW P. SAGE, JR. Andrew P. Sage, Jr. was First American Bank Professor of Information Technology and Engineering at George Mason University and the first Dean of the School of Information Technology and Engineering established in 1984, died October 31, 2014 at home. He was 81. Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Sage received his BA in 1955 in Electrical Engineering at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, his MA in 1956 in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his PhD also in Electrical Engineering in 1960 at the Purdue University. He received honorary Doctor of Engineering degrees from the University of Waterloo in 1987 and from Dalhousie University in 1997. Dr. Sage started his academic career early 1960's as Associate Professor at the University of Arizona, where he among other things did research on the electronic simulation of biological clocks, and bistable circuits. From 1964 to 1967 he was Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Florida, Gainesville From 1967 to 1974 he was chairman of the Information and Control Sciences Center at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas and Chair of the Electrical Engineering Department. From 1974 to 1984 at the University of Virginia he was Professor of Engineering Science and Systems Engineering, and in 1984 at George Mason University. In May 1996, he was elected as Founding Dean Emeritus of the School and was appointed a University Professor. He was an elected Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for contributions to engineering education, and to the theory of systems, identification, estimation, and control, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the International Council on Systems Engineering. Dr. Sage wrote or edited over 20 books and was editor of the John Wiley textbook series on Systems Engineering and Management. He played the instrumental role in establishing the INCOSE Journal of Systems Engineering in 1997 and served as the journal's editor-in-chief till 2013. He was also coeditor of Information, Knowledge, and Systems Management. He edited the IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics from January 1972 through December 1998, and also served a two-year-period as President of the IEEE SMC Society. In 1994, Dr. Sage received the Donald G. Fink Prize from the IEEE, and a Superior Public Service Award for his service on the CNA Corporation Board of Trustees from the U.S. Secretary of the Navy. In 2000, he received the Simon Ramo Medal from the IEEE in recognition of his contributions to systems engineering and an IEEE Third Millennium Medal. In 2002, he received an Eta Kappa Nu Eminent Membership Award and the INCOSE Pioneer Award. In 2007, he was elected as a Charter Member of the Omega Alpha systems engineering honor society. In 2014 was an Honoree for the Academy of Engineers at the Citadel School of Engineering. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2004 for contributions to the theory and practice of systems engineering and systems management. Family will receive friends Tuesday, November 4, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Demaine Funeral Home Fairfax, 10565 Main St., Fairfax, VA 22030. The Funeral Mass will be Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at St. Mary of Sorrows Historic Church, at the intersection of Rte. 123 and Fairfax Station Rd., Fairfax Station, VA 22039. The committal service will follow at the St. Mary of Sorrows Cemetery In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to: Andrew P. Sage Scholarship Fund SEOR Department George Mason University 4400 University Drive Fairfax, VA 22030Fairfax, VA 22030

Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 2, 2014
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