The Department of Electrical Engineering has appointed J. Nicholas Laneman to the position of associate chair for graduate studies, effective August 1. Laneman has been a faculty member since 2002 and was promoted to the rank of full professor in 2014. He has served as founding director and currently co-director of the Wireless Institute.
Laneman is an IEEE Fellow and received the 2018 IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award. In addition to three conference best paper awards, Laneman has received a 2006 Presidential Early-Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), a 2006 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, a 2003 Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, and the 2001 MIT EECS Harold L. Hazen Graduate Teaching Award. He has served as General Co-Chair of the 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks (DySPAN), an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications, and a Guest Editor for Special Issues of IEEE Transactions on Information Theory and IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications. He was also the first Online Editor for the IEEE Information Theory Society and served on its Board of Governors.
Laneman is author or co-author on over 145 publications, including 47 journal articles and invited book chapters, and has been recognized by Thomson Reuters as an ISI Highly Cited Researcher (2010, 2015). He is co-inventor on seven U.S. patents and has several patents pending. He currently advises two Ph.D. students; twelve Ph.D. degrees, thirteen M.S. degrees, and one B.S. honors degree have been earned under his supervision. All of these research efforts have been supported in part by over $12.5M in research funding, with Laneman serving as principal investigator on just over $4.5M.