One of the world's most prolific authors of graduate textbooks focusing on coding theory, Shu Lin has for over 45 years impacted the education of countless engineers and scientists working in areas related to reliable data communication and storage. His Introduction to Error Correcting Codes (Prentice-Hall, 1970) coincided with the need for stand-alone graduate courses in coding theory, and the text is still a go-to reference today. He followed that text with three other best-selling coding books. In the classroom, Lin imparts his real-world experience to his students, having developed many coding schemes that have been adopted in communications standards. His students relate that he not only provides them with coding knowledge but also the methodology of engineering.
An IEEE Life Fellow, Lin is an adjunct professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Davis, CA, USA.