SNSteven H. Noll, JD, (BS ’74, electrical engineering),  will receive this year’s Claud R. Erickson Distinguished Alumni Award -- the highest honor presented to an alumnus by the college of engineering, during the 2017 Alumni Awards Banquet, on May 6, at MSU’s Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center.  Claud R. Erickson Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes professional accomplishment, volunteer service, and distinguished service to the college and the engineering profession.

Noll graduated from MSU with honors in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He is also a graduate of the Honors College. While at MSU, he was a member of the Spartan Marching Band. 

After graduation, Noll worked as an engineer in the Government and Industrial Research Group at Magnavox Co., and then attended law school at Ohio State University, receiving his law degree in 1977. He has practiced law in the field of intellectual property, specializing in patent law, and is currently a partner in the firm of Schiff Hardin LLP in Chicago. 

His patent prosecution practice has focused primarily on medical devices, particularly all types of medical imaging. He has obtained more than 4,000 patents for his clients during the course of his practice. He has also represented clients in litigation involving many different technologies, including cryptography, traveling wave tubes for radar, printers, optical fibers, pacemakers, amorphous metal, papermaking machines, anesthesia systems and semiconductor devices. 

Noll has also represented clients in copyright litigation and trademark litigation. He is registered to practice before the Patent and Trademark Office, and is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court and the Courts of Appeal for the Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Eleventh and Federal Circuits, and the United States Court of Federal Claims. He is a member of several bar associations, and served on the board of directors of the International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers Association. 

He served two eight-year terms on the College of Engineering Alumni Board, including two years as the board chair. He also served on the most recent search committee for the dean of the College of Engineering. He is a guest lecturer each semester in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Capstone class, and also serves as a Design Day judge for that class each semester. 

In his estate, he has bequeathed funds to the College of Engineering for an endowed chair. He is a member of the National Leadership Council of the College of Music, and served on the Advisory Committee for the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.

Noll resides in Chicago with his wife, Sarah.

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