rappaport_web (1)NYU WIRELESS professor Theodore (Ted) Rappaport has been named a 2013 Distinguished Engineering Alumnus of Purdue University.  The Distinguished Engineering Alumni/Alumnae Award is presented to men and women who have distinguished themselves in any field in ways that reflect favorably on Purdue University, the engineering profession, or society in general. Purdue’s College of Engineering has over 84,000 living alumni. The distinction of DEA (Distinguished Engineering Alumni) has been bestowed upon 479 of these outstanding individuals.

Rappaport is the founding director of NYU WIRELESS, a research center that combines engineering, computer science and medical applications. He previously founded two international research centers in the wireless field, at Virginia Tech and The University of Texas at Austin. He is also co-principal investigator of a collaboration that will significantly accelerate cellular service beyond today’s fourth generation (4G) wireless technologies. He directs a national research center that involves five major universities, the National Science Foundation’s Wireless Internet Center for Advanced Technology (WICAT) at NYU-Poly.