By: Kim Savage
In 2010, Dielectric established the “E. Noel Luddy Memorial Scholarship” to honor legendary broadcast industry icon and Dielectric Consultant E. Noel Luddy, who passed in 2013. The $2,500 memorial scholarship helps qualified broadcast engineering students with their college tuition.
With his lifelong passion for radio, Luddy built a ham radio set at age 13. His love of radio led him to a professional radio career, including several years at WLAP radio and RCA. When Dielectric acquired RCA’s broadcast antenna business in 1986, he stayed on as a consultant until his retirement in 2008.
Each year, the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers (AFCCE)—a professional society of communications engineers practicing before the FCC—awards the $2500 Scholarship on behalf of Dielectric, Inc.
Founded in 1948, the AFCCE has many directives, including monitoring FCC technical policy to ensure that the agency’s new regulations coincide with sound engineering principals. Its members participate in the FCC rulemaking process and provide comments and counterproposals for the public record.
Luddy is also remembered for his years of service as Program Coordinator on the AFCCE Board of Directors, and as the Historian for the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society, which he joined in 1939.
We at Dielectric are dedicated to serving our industry and giving back to our local communities. One way we do this is by recognizing the service and achievements of our late but valued colleague, E. Noel Luddy, and honoring him with this memorial scholarship fund.
To qualify for the award, applicants must be high-achieving college or graduate students majoring in broadcast engineering or other telecommunications-related science programs at an accredited U.S. college or university.
Anyone interested in applying for the scholarship can find details and a downloadable application here: https://afcce.org/scholarships/.