Learn about the technical, regulatory, and economic aspects of the mobile wireless revolution and its impact on society.
J. Nicholas Laneman is Founding Director of the Wireless Institute in the College of Engineering, a Professor of Electrical Engineering, and a Fellow of the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame. He joined the faculty in August 2002 shortly after earning a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His research and teaching interests are in communications architecture—a blend of information theory, error-control coding, signal processing for communications, network protocols, and hardware design—with current emphasis on wireless systems. He has been particularly interested in issues that lie at the confluence of wireless technology, economics, and regulatory policy since his work on Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) while at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, which resulted in several patents. Laneman has been recognized as a 2014 IEEE Fellow and 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 is author or co-author on numerous publications, and has been named a 2010 ISI Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson Reuters.