"For seminal contributions to spread-spectrum communications and adaptive protocols for mobile wireless communication networks"
Michael B. Pursley received the B.S. degree with highest distinction in 1967 and the M.S. degree in 1968, both in electrical engineering from Purdue University. He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California in 1974. Dr. Pursley has several years industrial experience, primarily with the Space and Communications Group of the Hughes Aircraft Company. He was a Hughes Doctoral Fellow and a Research Assistant in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California. From January through June of 1974 he was an Acting Assistant Professor in the System Science Department of the University of California, Los Angeles.
From June 1974 through July 1993, he was with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois, Urbana, where he was promoted to the rank of Professor in 1980. Dr. Pursley is currently the Holcombe Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina. His research is in the general area of communications and information theory with emphasis on spread-spectrum communications, communication over fading channels, applications of error- control coding, protocols for packet radio networks, and mobile communications systems and networks.
Dr. Pursley is a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Tau Beta Pi, and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and he is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He was elected to three-year terms on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society in 1977 and again in 1989. In 1982 he was elected Fellow of the IEEE "for contributions to information theory and spread-spectrum communications." In 1983 he was elected president of the Information Theory Society. Dr. Pursley was a member of the Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the IEEE for the period 1984-1991. He is currently a member of Editorial Advisory Board for the International Journal of Wireless Information Networks, and he is a Senior Editor of the IEEE Journal of Selected Areas in Communications. He served as Technical Program Chairman for the 1979 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory which was held in Grignano, Italy, and as Co-Chairman for the 1995 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory in Whistler, Canada.
Dr. Pursley received Clemson University's McQueen Quattlebaum Faculty Achievement Award in 1995 and Clemson's Board of Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence in 1997 and 2000. He was awarded an IEEE Centennial Medal in 1984, and he is co-recipient (with John M. Shea) of the 1996 Ellersick Award of the IEEE Communications Society for the best paper in the unclassified technical program of the IEEE Military Communications Conference. In 1999 he received the IEEE Military Communications Conference Award for Technical Achievement "for sustained technical contributions to military communications," and he was awarded the IEEE Millennium Medal in 2000. In 2000 he was installed as an honorary member of the Golden Key National Honor Society.