New York University and Polytechnic Institute of New York University Select Theodore Rappaport

New York University and the Polytechnic Institute of New York University announced they have appointed Theodore Rappaport to lead a new initiative in wireless communications engineering and research.

"Ted Rappaport is an outstanding researcher and an engineer with enormous entrepreneurial energy," said NYU Provost David McLaughlin, in a release. "His presence on the faculty will greatly advance NYU's global standing in information technology and urban engineering, and bring scholarly strength and leadership to one of the great challenges of our time: integrating technology into solutions to improve the lives of the world's urban dwellers. Recruiting someone of his stature is a validation of our strategy of investment in NYU-Poly." NYU-Poly President Jerry Hultin said: "Ted personifies what we at NYU-Poly call i-squared-e invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. He is a natural leader as we expand our scholarship, research and pursuit of real-world solutions to the great technical challenges facing New York City, our country and the world. His experience, guidance and energy will make a major difference as we transform NYU-Poly." Rappaport, currently the William and Bettye Nowlin Chair of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, founded research programs at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and The University of Texas. He also launched two companies that were instrumental in the deployment of modern day cellular telephone networks. Rappaport will join the faculty of NYU and NYU-Poly in April.

He will serve as the David Lee/Ernst Weber Chair of Electrical Engineering at NYU-Poly and will hold professorships at NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and the NYU School of Medicine.

Rappaport will teach and advise students at NYU-Poly's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and NYU's Courant Institute. He will also become the director of the National Science Foundation Wireless Internet Center for Advanced Technology, a research center.

New York University is a research university.

Polytechnic Institute of New York University is an affiliate of New York University.