Wireless Communications Pioneer Ted Rappaport Heading to NYU

The University of Texas at Austin is losing a wireless communications guru to New York University and the Polytechnic Institute of New York University.

Ted Rappaport currently is the William and Bettye Nowlin Chair of Engineering at UT, where he’s been on the faculty for nine years. He founded UT’s Wireless Networking and Communications Group in 2002. The group has 15 faculty members and more than 140 students dedicated to wireless communications research.

In 2005, Motorola Inc. bought Austin-based Wireless Valley Communications Inc., a developer of wireless networking software that Rappaport founded in 1995.


Rappaport will join the faculty of NYU and NYU-Poly next 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 NYU’s School of Medicine.