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October 29, 2002

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Prof. John Proakis

San Diego, Oct. 29, 2002 -- A University of California, San Diego (UCSD) professor and prolific writer of textbooks about electrical and computer engineering has been selected as the 2002 recipient of the McGraw-Hill/Jacob Millman Award from the Education Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). John Proakis, an adjunct professor at UCSD's Jacobs School of Engineering, will accept the prestigious education award during the Frontiers in Education Conference, to be held Nov. 6-9 in Boston. The award is given each year to an author of an outstanding textbook in the electrical and computer engineering fields.

Proakis, who is affiliated with UCSD's Center for Wireless Communications and remains a Professor Emeritus at Northeastern University, will be cited for "outstanding contributions to electrical engineering education through textbooks, research, and mentoring of students." Proakis is best known for his landmark textbook "Digital Communications," originally published in 1983. "Professor Proakis has had an impact on a generation of engineering students, and I am particularly grateful that he continues his research and mentoring in this department," said Charles Tu, chair of the Jacobs School's Electrical and Computer Engineering department. "The book is an introductory-level text for graduate students and is widely used not just in the United States, but around the world." The tome is currently in its fourth edition (McGraw-Hill, 2000).

Apart from "Digital Communications," Proakis has also co-authored "Digital Signal Processing" (Prentice Hall, 3rd edition, 1996); "Advanced Digital Signal Processing" (Macmillan, 1992); "Digital Processing of Speech Signals" (Macmillan, 1993); and "Communication Systems Engineering" (Prentice-Hall, 2nd edition, 2001).

A leading expert in digital communications and digital signal processing, Proakis is currently participating in the Luminaries Program of Bell Labs Research, which invites top researchers in communications to spend three to six months at one of Bell Labs' research campuses in New Jersey. Proakis is engaged in a wireless cellular communications research activity.

Proakis joined the UCSD faculty in 1998, after retiring as chairman of Northeastern University's Electrical and Computer Engineering department in 1997. He worked at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory prior to receiving his Ph.D. in Engineering from Harvard University in 1967. Proakis then worked at GTE Laboratories before joining Northeastern's faculty in 1969.

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