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Andreas Molisch to Receive the 2012 IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award


October 21, 2011 —

Andreas Molisch of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering will receive the 2012 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Eric E. Sumner Award (http://www.ieee.org/about/awards/tfas/sumner.html). An IEEE Technical Field Award (TFA), this award is given for contributions or leadership in specific fields of interest of the IEEE. Applicants are evaluated based on research, development and application contributions to all aspects of leading-edge communication technology. The award cites Molisch’s “contributions to the theory and application of multiple-antenna systems in wireless communications.”
Molisch received his M.S., Ph.D. (with highest honors) and habilitation degrees from the Technical University Vienna, Austria, in 1990, 1994, and 1999, respectively. From 1994 to 2000, he was an assistant and then associate professor at the same university. From 2000-2002, he was with AT&T (Bell) Research Labs. From 2002-2008, he was professor and head of the Radio Systems Group in the Department of Electrical and Information Technology at Lund University, Sweden, and was Chief Wireless Standards Architect and Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at the Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

He is an internationally noted researcher in wireless technologies who joined USC in 2009 as professor and a member of the Communications Sciences Institute (CSI). His current research interests include measurement and modeling of wireless mobile radio channels; multiple-antenna systems; ultrawideband communications; cooperative communications, multiple-input-multiple-output systems, and sensor networks. Additionally, he is the author, co-author or editor of four books, twelve book chapters, more than 130 journal papers, and more than 200 conference contributions, as well as more than 70 patents and 60 standards contributions. He is Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and has won many awards and honors.

The award will be presented at the International Conference on Communications in June 2012 in Ottawa, Canada.

Alexander (Sandy) Sawchuk, Systems Chair of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering said: "our faculty and I join in celebrating Andy Molisch's IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award.  It is an important recognition of his many significant accomplishments in wireless communications technology."