Leonard J. Cimini, Jr., professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in UD’s College of Engineering, is the 2023 recipient of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Communications Society Edwin Howard Armstrong Achievement Award.

Cimini was recognized “For contributions to the theory and practice of Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) for Wireless Communications.” He was instrumental in detailing the substantial benefits of OFDM — a method of encoding data in multiple frequencies — for wireless applications. The insights gained from his research in this area have influenced the work of many researchers as well as the standardization of WiFi, WiMAX, and LTE.

This award is given to members of the IEEE Communications Society who demonstrate years of outstanding contributions in the electrical and electronic engineering fields. The award is named after Edwin Howard Armstrong, who is considered the father of the complete FM radio system and the creator of the regenerative circuit, superheterodyne circuit, and superregenerative circuit.