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Wireless Engineering Pioneer Joins NYU-Poly and NYU

Sun, 12/18/2011 - 2:02pm

New York University and the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) announced they have appointed Theodore (Ted) Rappaport, 51, to lead a new initiative in wireless communications engineering and research.

Rappaport, currently the William and Bettye Nowlin Chair of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin (UTA), is a leading educator and entrepreneur who founded two well-known academic research programs at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and The University of Texas (UTA). 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.

“Ted Rappaport is an outstanding researcher and an engineer with enormous entrepreneurial energy,” said NYU Provost David McLaughlin. “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 M. 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 holds more than 100 patents and has authored numerous books, including the most popular textbook in the wireless engineering field. In 1990 at Virginia Tech, he founded the Mobile and Portable Radio Research Group (MPRG), a center that became a leading producer of research and young engineers for the booming cellular telephone industry. In 2002, he founded UTA's Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG), an interdisciplinary center with strong industry support and more than 140 students and 15 faculty members dedicated to wireless communications research.

“I love start-ups – and to be invited to build this world-class academic wireless engineering program is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Rappaport. "I am thrilled to be on the ground floor at this transformative time in the history of NYU and NYU-Poly, and look forward to bringing the world's best researchers and corporations to New York City. The strengths of the New York ecosystem to support innovation are enormous, and I am eager to work across campus and with local industry to solve big problems in wireless communications, medicine, and urban engineering."

Zhouyue (Jerry) Pi, director of research of Samsung Telecommunications America, Dallas, stated: "Rappaport's research in massively broadband wireless communications and propagation is truly cutting edge, and it is paving the way for future generations of wireless networks in the coming decades. He will have a big impact at NYU and NYU-Poly."

“Ted Rappaport’s research, including his work on devices that support massive data transmission rates and enable new applications of wireless for biosensors, medical and paperless office technologies, holds exciting potential for being a game-changer in the field of healthcare,” said Robert I. Grossman, MD, dean and CEO at NYU Langone Medical Center. “We are excited that he is now a part of the NYU family and are looking forward to working collaboratively with him.”

In addition to teaching and advising students at NYU-Poly's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and NYU's Courant Institute, Rappaport will become the director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Wireless Internet Center for Advanced Technology (WICAT), a multi-disciplinary research center that involves five universities, including the two academic programs he founded earlier in his career.
Born in Brooklyn, Rappaport received bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering at Purdue University.

For more information, visit www.poly.edu

 

Posted by Janine E. Mooney, Editor

December 18, 2011

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