Theodore S. Rappaport
- IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award
The leading-edge research of Theodore (Ted) S. Rappaport helped realize today’s modern wireless communications systems and is paving the way for next-generation cellular networks. Reliable and accurate channel models are essential for wireless system design and deployment, and Rappaport’s channel modeling and measurement work formed the foundation of radio propagation models in cellular systems, wireless local-area networks, and emerging millimeter-wave systems. He provided fundamental knowledge of indoor wireless channels used to create Wi-Fi standards, conducted research that led to the TDMA IS-54/IS-136 and CDMA IS-95 digital cellphone standards, and helped engineer public Wi-Fi hotspots. He also proved the viability of millimeter waves for mobile communications, which prompted the global wireless industry to adopt his vision for 5G cellphone networks.
An IEEE Fellow, Rappaport is the David Lee/Ernst Weber Professor of Electrical Engineering at New York University, New York, NY, USA.