June 21, 2012 —
Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering professor Solomon W. Golomb recently received two awards: the 2012 Viterbi School of Engineering Exceptional Academic Distinction Award, and 2012 Phi Kappa Phi Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Exceptional Academic Distinction Award was presented at the Annual Viterbi School Awards Banquet in April. A highlight of this event was a video describing his diverse academic achievements; it can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGcneI0IjX0
The 2012 Phi Kappa Phi Lifetime Achievement Award was presented at its annual Initiation Ceremony in May 2012 on behalf of the Executive Board of Phi Kappa Phi All-University Honor Society. Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines.
Sol Golomb received his Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1957 from Harvard. While completing his Ph.D., he spent a year in Norway as a Fulbright Fellow. He then worked as a Senior Research Mathematician at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, later becoming Research Group Supervisor and then Assistant Chief of the Telecommunications Research Section, where he played a key role in formulating the design of deep-space communications for the subsequent lunar and planetary explorations. He joined USC as a Professor in 1963, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of both the IEEE and AAAS. He received the USC Presidential Medallion in 1985, was awarded the title of University Professor in 1993, and won the Shannon Award of the Information Theory Society of the IEEE in 1985, the Hamming Medal of the IEEE in 2000 and William Procter Prize of Sigma Xi on 2012. He became a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences in 1994. He has received numerous awards and medals, as well as three honorary doctorate degrees. He was appointed the first holder of the Viterbi Chair in Communications in 1999. His research interests include signal design for communications and radar, coding theory and cryptography, combinatorial analysis, number theory, and mathematical game theory.
Alexander “Sandy” Sawchuk, Systems Chair of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, said: "our department joins me in congratulating Sol Golomb for these awards that recognize his outstanding scholarly accomplishments in many diverse fields of mathematics, engineering, and science."