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Cimini to be presented Innovator Award Oct. 14

Leonard Cimini

----Leonard Cimini, professor in the University of Delaware's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has won an Innovators Award for his early research related to high speed wireless communications.
The award, given by the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame, recognizes inventive achievements that positively impact society. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a UD alumnus, will recognize Cimini, along with other award recipients, at an awards banquet Oct. 14.

Prior to joining UD in 2002, Cimini spent 20 years as a researcher for Bell Labs and AT&T Labs in Monmouth County, N.J. His early work, from 1982-1985, pioneered the first real application of orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) to wireless systems.

Today, OFDM is a mature technology commonly used for wide band digital communication in applications relating to wireless networks, mobile internet access and next generation cellular systems.

Cimini's current research interests include multiuser networks, cooperative networks and energy-efficient resource allocation for multiuser networks. In another area, he is using fatty acid signatures instead of DNA to identify organisms. His work is supported by many industry and government organizations including Cisco, Intel, the National Science Foundation and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

In May, Cimini was honored with IEEE's Stephen O. Rice prize for his paper on resource allocation in wireless networks.

Article by Karen B. Roberts
Photo by Kathy Atkinson

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