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Edwin Howard Armstrong Achievement Award 2012 - Donald Cox

"For contributions, as a researcher, manager, and teacher, to the field of radio communications, in particular, cellular systems, communications satellites, and universal portable wireless services."

Donald Cox

Donald C. Cox: B.S. & M.S. in Electrical Engineering (EE) and Honorary Doctor of Science, University of Nebraska, 1959, 1960 and 1983; Ph.D. in EE, Stanford University, 1968.  From 1960 to 1963, wireless communications system design at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. From 1963 to 1968, at Stanford University, research on tunnel diode amplifiers, on microwave propagation, and on electronically steerable arrays for multi-sensor signal processing in “smart” antennas. From 1968 to 1973, research at Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, New Jersey on mobile radio channels and on high-capacity mobile radio systems provided important input to cellular mobile radio systems, and contributed to the evolution of digital cellular radio and other wireless systems. From 1973 to 1983, supervised a group at Bell Laboratories doing innovative research for millimeter-wave satellite communications. In 1978, pioneered radio system and propagation research for digital wireless communications systems. At Bell Laboratories in 1983, organized and was Head of the Radio and Satellite Systems Research Department, became Division Manager of that Division in Bell Communications Research (Bellcore) in 1984, then Executive Director of that wireless department in 1991. At Bellcore, championed, led, and contributed to research on all aspects of digital wireless communications and wireless loops, including Universal Digital Portable Communications (UDPC) and CDMA systems. Evolved the extensive research into a U.S. Standard for the Wireless or Personal Access Communications System (WACS or PACS). In September 1993, became Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of the Center for Telecommunications at Stanford University, started and pursued research and teaching of wireless communications. He was appointed Harald Trap Friis Chair Professor of Engineering in 1994, then Harald Trap Friis Professor Emeritus September 2012. In August 2012, became Visiting Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, teaching communications and electric vehicles.

Dr. Cox is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and is a Fellow of the IEEE, the AAAS and the Radio Club of America (RCA). He received the IEEE 1993 Alexander Graham Bell Medal “For pioneering and leadership in personal portable communications”; the 1983 International Marconi Prize in Electromagnetic Wave Propagation (Italy); the RCA 2010 Armstrong Medal “for substantial contribution to advancement and development of land mobile radio and communications”; the Bellcore 1991 Fellow award; the IEEE 1985 Morris E. Leeds Award; the IEEE Third Millennium Medal 2000; the IEEE Communications Society 1992 L. G. Abraham Prize Paper Award and 1990 Communications Magazine Prize Paper Award; and the 1983 IEEE Vehicular Technology Society paper of the year. From the University of Nebraska he received an Alumni Achievement Award in 2002 and an EE Department Outstanding Alumnus award in 2010. He is a member of Commissions B, C and F of USNC/URSI and was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation (1983-86), a member of the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (1986-88), and a member of the URSI Group on Time Domain Waveform Measurements (1982-84). He is author or coauthor of over 285 technical papers and conference presentations, including many invited, several keynote addresses, and books. He has been granted 19 patents. Dr. Cox is a member of Sigma Xi, Sigma Tau, Eta Kappa Nu and Phi Mu Epsilon, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Ohio and Nebraska.