Paul J. Shaver, ScD

Title: Electronics Company Executive
Location:  Saint Louis, Missouri, United States

Paul J. Shaver, ScD, retired electronics company executive, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in electrical engineering.

Since he was a young child, Dr. Shaver has had a curiosity and interest in how the world works and he has demonstrated the hard work ethic it takes to figure it out. Retired since 2002, he celebrates an illustrious career marked by countless accomplishments in the field of electrical engineering and research. In total, Dr. Shaver amassed 42 years of professional experience during which time he achieved accomplishments including numerous patents in his field and research on solid state and physical electronics. Additionally, Dr. Shaver was the recipient of an IR-100 Award from Industrial Research Magazine on three occasions for his incredible work in his field.

Dr. Shaver concluded his career as general manager of the Vactec optoelectronics division of Perkin Elmer, Inc. He came into this role after finding success as the president of the Vactec division of EG&G, president of Inmar, Inc., director of marketing for the optoelectronics division of the National Semiconductor Corporation, and president of Xciton Corporation. When asked of his success in this field, Dr. Shaver notes that he has an immense passion for optoelectronics manufacturing. He also credits his education as a proponent of his accomplishments. Dr. Shaver earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1960. It was during this time that he became interested in solid state physics. From there, he received a fellowship opportunity with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for which he served as a research assistant in the field while pursuing his graduate studies. Dr. Shaver earned a Master of Science in 1962 and a Doctor of Science in 1965.

In reflecting back on his career, Dr. Shaver fondly remembers his early roles. He came to prominence as an instructor for the department of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as positions as a consultant for Foster-Miller Associates and staff scientist for the General Electric Research and Development Center. Along the way, Dr. Shaver has always placed an importance on keeping his personal passions in his life. A lover of radio, he became a radio amateur operator in 1954, and remained one throughout his early career. Thereafter, he continued to enjoy radios as a hobby. Most recently, Dr. Shaver spent eight years until 2010 as a board member and treasurer of the radio station KDHX, a community-based station in St. Louis, MO. As he looks ahead to the future, Dr. Shaver intends to continue enjoying his well-deserved retirement by indulging in his other hobbies, which includes gardening, macroeconomics, world travel, polar travel and photography.

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