Wireless Telecommunications Symposium Honors NYU’s Ted Rappaport as Educator and Researcher

Theodore (Ted) S. Rappaport

The Wireless Telecommunications Symposium Committee named Theodore (Ted) S. Rappaport, the David Lee/Ernst Weber Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, as the outstanding educator of the year and honored him with the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Wireless Communications.

Rappaport—who is also a professor of computer science at the NYU Courant Institute of Mathematics and a professor of radiology at the NYU School of Medicine—heads NYU WIRELESS, the first university center to combine wireless engineering, computing, and medical applications research. It is home to pioneering research with the millimeter-wave (mmWave) spectrum, including propagation measurements, radio channel modeling, system simulation, and antenna technology that are the foundation for the next, super-fast generation of mobile technology, 5G.

The awards recognize Rappaport’s many accomplishments as a teacher and researcher, both at NYU and elsewhere. Earlier in his career, he founded two of the world’s largest academic wireless research centers: the Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG) at the University of Texas at Austin and the Mobile and Portable Radio Research Group (MPRG), now known as Wireless@Virginia Tech. He launched NYU WIRELESS in 2012, and it has since grown to include more than 100 undergraduate and graduate students and more than 20 faculty researchers.

Rappaport has more than 100 U.S. or international patents issued or pending and has authored, co- authored, and co-edited more than 200 papers and 20 books in the wireless field. Among his other honors are the Marconi Young Scientist Award (1990), a National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellowship (1992), the Sarnoff Citation from the Radio Club of America (2000), the Stuart F. Meyer Award from the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (2005), and the Institution of Engineering and Technology Sir Monty Finniston Medal (2011) “for his outstanding academic and industrial contributions over almost three decades in the field of wireless communication.”

“Ted Rappaport has been instrumental in making NYU a recognized leader in the field of wireless communication,” said Katepalli Sreenivasan, president and dean of the NYU School of Engineering. “It is deeply gratifying to see him honored at the 2015 Wireless Telecommunications Symposium and to have his status as one of the country’s foremost wireless researchers and educators reaffirmed by the IEEE Communications Society.”

The 2015 Wireless Telecommunications Symposium was held in New York City. Technical co-sponsor for the annual event was the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Communications Society.

NYU WIRELESS is a multi-disciplinary academic research center that offers an unprecedented and unique set of skills. Centered at New York University’s Brooklyn engineering location and involving faculty and students throughout the entire NYU community, NYU WIRELESS offers its faculty and students a world-class research environment that is creating the fundamental theories and techniques for next-generation mass-deployable wireless devices across a wide range of applications and markets. This center combines NYU’s Polytechnic School of Engineering program with NYU’s world-class School of Medicine and the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, and offers a depth of expertise with unparalleled capabilities for the creation of new wireless circuits and systems as well as new health care solutions for the wireless industry.For more information, visit http://nyuwireless.com.

About the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering
The NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering dates to 1854, when the NYU School of Civil Engineering and Architecture as well as the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute (widely known as Brooklyn Poly) were founded. Their successor institutions merged in January 2014 to create a comprehensive school of education and research in engineering and applied sciences, rooted in a tradition of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. In addition to programs at its main campus in downtown Brooklyn, it is closely connected to engineering programs in NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai, and it operates business incubators in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn.