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Dielectric Announces E. Noel Luddy Scholarship
New Scholarship Provides Assistance for Engineering Students
RAYMOND, Maine - May 20, 2010 - In honor of his longstanding service to the broadcasting
industry, Dielectric Communications, a division of SPX and a leader in broadcast antenna
systems, today announced that the company has established a scholarship honoring E. Noel
Luddy. Awarded through the scholarship fund of the Association of Federal Communications
Consulting Engineers (AFCCE), the E. Noel Luddy scholarship will provide up to $2,500 per
year to undergraduate students who are majoring in engineering or other fields associated with
the broadcast and telecommunication industries.
"For decades, Noel provided invaluable service to the broadcasting community, both in
engineering new technologies and in serving on numerous broadcast advisory boards. He has
continued to remain active well after his retirement, and Dielectric is grateful for the commitment
and contributions Noel has shared with us over the years," said Dielectric President Garrett
VanAtta. "We recognize that there is an entire generation of future engineers who are ready to
help shape the broadcasting industry, and we hope to do our part in encouraging them to
develop the same passion, ingenuity, and high standards that Noel has demonstrated
throughout his career."
Luddy’s interests in broadcasting started in 1930 when he became active in ham radio. He
served in the military and was in charge of all communications throughout the South Pacific
during World War II. Luddy served for many years in several engineering capacities with RCA.
In 1986, with Dielectric’s acquisition of the RCA broadcast antenna business, he joined
Dielectric as a consultant, serving as a liaison to broadcast station engineers, consulting
engineers and the FCC, and providing a voice for the company in helping to shape federal
broadcast regulations. He remained as a consultant with Dielectric until his retirement in 2008.
Luddy is well known for his years of service on the AFCCE Board of Directors as program
coordinator and was recognized numerous times for his contributions to the association and the
broadcast industry. Additionally, he was the historian for the IEEE Broadcast Technology
Society, of which he has been a member since 1939.
Additional information about the scholarship and its application guidelines can be found
More information on the distinguished career of Noel Luddy can be found in this recent Radio World article.
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