Class of 1985
Andrew C. Singer received the S.B., S.M., and Ph.D. degrees, all in electrical engineering and computer science, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1990, 1992, and 1996, respectively. Since 1998, he has been on the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is currently a Professor in the ECE department and a Professor in the Coordinated Science Laboratory. During the academic year 1996, he was a Postdoctoral Research Affiliate in the Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT. From 1996 to 1998, he was a Research Scientist at Sanders, A Lockheed Martin Company in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he designed algorithms, architectures and systems for a variety of DOD applications. His research spans algorithms and architectures for statistical signal processing and communication systems, as well as information theory and machine learning. He was a Hughes Aircraft Masters Fellow, and was the recipient of the Harold L. Hazen Memorial Award for excellence in teaching in 1991. In 2000, he received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, in 2001 he received the Xerox Award for Outstanding Faculty Award, and in 2002 was named a Willett Faculty Scholar. He has received numerous awards and honors, including Best Paper Awards from the IEEE Solid State Circuits Society in 2006 for his paper in the Journal of Solid State Circuits, and in 2008 from the IEEE Signal Processing Society for his paper in the Signal Processing Magazine. Dr. Singer has served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing and is a member of the MIT Educational Council, and of Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.
In 2005, Dr. Singer was appointed as the Director of the Technology Entrepreneur Center (TEC) in the College of Engineering creating and overseeing courses and activities attended by over 1,000 students annually. In 2000, he also co-founded Intersymbol Communications, Inc., a venture-funded fabless semiconductor IC company, based in Champaign Illinois, which brought an MLSE-based electronic dispersion compensation chip-set to the optical communications market. In 2007, Intersymbol Communications, Inc., was acquired by Finisar Corporation, a publicly traded optical communications company (NASDAQ: FNSR). Dr. Singer serves on the Board of Directors of Dx Photonics, a medical imaging technology company and of Mimosa Acoustics, an audiology diagnostic device company. He also serves on the Board of Advisors to EnterpriseWorks, the technology incubator facility for the University of Illinois and as an expert witness to the digital signal processing and optical communications industries.
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