Andy Molisch of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering received the James Evans Avant Garde Award of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. This award recognizes leadership and continuing contributions in promoting new technology in the field of Vehicular Communications and Electronics. It was presented on May 18, 2011 at the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference, in Budapest, Hungary. He was honored for "pioneering contributions to ultrawideband and multi-antenna propagation channels and wireless systems."
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 Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and has won many awards and honors.
Alexander (Sandy) Sawchuk, Systems Chair of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering said: "our faculty joins me in congratulating Andy Molisch for his selection as a recipient of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society James Evans Avant Garde Award. This is a significant acknowledgment of his leadership in wireless communications and systems."