Vincent Poor to receive education medal

April 20, 2005 8:09 a.m.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has selected Vincent Poor to receive its 2005 James Mulligan Jr. Education Medal in honor of his leadership in engineering education.

Poor, who is Princeton's George Van Ness Lothrop Professor in Engineering, will receive the award at the IEEE annual honors ceremony on June 18 in Chantilly, Va. IEEE cited Poor for his "inspired teaching, a classic textbook, innovative curricular development and research."

Poor's undergraduate course, "The Wireless Revolution," is one of the most popular classes at Princeton and has become a model for connecting political, economic and social dimensions to the technical subject of wireless engineering. In 2002, Poor received the National Science Foundation's Director's Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars.

Poor, who earned a Ph.D. from Princeton in electrical engineering in 1977, also has made major research contributions in signal processing and wireless communications. He has been a member of the Princeton faculty since 1990.