Dr. Ira Drukier received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in 1966 and an MEng in the same field the following year. He then went on to earn a PhD at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, awarded in 1973. Upon graduation he joined the David Sarnoff Research Center of RCA in Princeton, NJ. There he pursued research in the field of microwave semiconductors, developing the first high-power compound semiconductor field effect transistor. In 1976 he joined Microwave Semiconductor Corporation (MSC) where he started a division to develop and manufacture high-power microwave transistors for commercial and military uses. During this time, he published numerous papers in the field of microwave transistors. He also authored a chapter in the first book published on GaAs Field Effect Transistors. In 1981, Siemens Corporation acquired MSC. Dr. Drukier stayed with the company as a corporate vice-president until 1983, when he left to start a new career in real estate.
In 1983 he began to develop hotel properties in New York City along with his partner, Richard Born. They presently own and manage more hotel rooms in New York City than any other single group.
Dr. Drukier has published many papers and given lectures in the field of microwave electronics and has contributed a chapter to a book on Gallium Arsenide Field Effect Transistors.
He is Vice-Chair of the American Society for Yad Vashem, was on the Board of Trustees of Cornell University for eight years, chaired its Subcommittee on Building and Properties and is presently an Emeritus Trustee and Presidential Councilor. He is also on the Cornell Tech Task Force to help develop a new graduate school of technology on Roosevelt Island in NYC. His is on the Council of the NYC Museum of Jewish Heritage, Chair of the Council for the Johnson Art Museum at Cornell University, and is Chair of the Building Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, NY. He also serves on the President's Council of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.