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IEEE recognizes Leonard Cimini's pioneering work in wireless communications

Leonard Cimini has been honored by IEEE

Leonard Cimini, professor in the University of Delaware's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, recently received two prestigious awards from IEEE, the world's largest non-profit association for the advancement of technology for humanity. He was honored at the IEEE Globecom 2010 conference in Miami with the Donald W. McLellan Meritorious Service Award for long-term leadership and service to the organization's communications society.

Cimini has been an active member of IEEE for 34 years. He is the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE JSAC: Wireless Communications series, which later evolved into the very successful journal, the IEEE Transaction on Wireless Communications. He served two terms on the board of governors for IEEE's Communications Society, and is currently vice president of publications.

In acknowledgment of his pioneering work in wireless communications, Cimini also received the Recognition Award from the IEEE Communication Society's Technical Committee on Wireless Communications.

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, established 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.

These contributions led to his election as an IEEE fellow in 2000 and his receipt of the James R. Evans Avant Garde Award from the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society in 2007.

In 2010, Cimini was awarded the IEEE Stephen O. Rice prize for his paper on resource allocation in wireless networks. He was similarly honored with a 2010 Innovators Award from the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame.

“These awards are just the latest recognition of Len's fundamental and ongoing contributions to the electrical engineering profession and the communications field in particular,” says Kenneth E. Barner, professor and chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Author of more than 140 journal and conference papers, Cimini holds 21 U.S. patents. His current research focuses on communication technologies including wireless communications, signal processing, cellular systems and wireless LANs.

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.

Cimini earned his bachelor's, master's and doctorate in electrical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Article by Katie Galgano and Karen Roberts
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