Roland Schinzinger died suddenly of a heart attack on January 25, 2004. For over two decades he had been active in engineering ethics, participating in the National Project on Philosophy and Engineering Ethics (1978-1980) and coauthoring four editions of Ethics in Engineering (McGraw-Hill, 1983, 1989, 1996, and 2005). In addition, he was author of Conformal Mapping: Methods and Applications (1991, 2003), Emergencies in Water Delivery (1979), and Experiments in Electricity and Magnetism (1961).
Roland was a founding faculty member at the University of California at Irvine, where he also served as associate dean for undergraduate student affairs, associate dean for graduate affairs, and on occasion acting dean. He retired as professor emeritus of electrical engineering in 1993. Earlier, his industrial experience included work at Bosch-Japan, Tsurumi Shipyard of Nippon Steel Tube Co., Far Eastern Equipment Co., and Westinghouse Electric Corp. He was a registered professional engineer.
His many professional honors include the IEEE Centennial and Third Millennium medals, Fellow of IEEE, and Fellow of AAAS. In 1992 he received from IEEE's United States Activities Board the Award for Distinguished Literary Contributions Furthering Engineering Professionalism.
Roland was active in his local community at Irvine, California. As a member of the city's planning commission, he helped establish bicycle trails and plan energy efficient housing. He volunteered extensively in peace activities, and worked extensively for the Friends Committee on Legislation, a lobbying group advocating just and compassionate laws in California. He was also a wonderfully supportive colleague and a dear friend to many. He is survived by his wife Shirley Price, his three children, and two grandchildren.