William Gould Dow Distinguished Lecture
Disruptive Technologies Amidst the Storm in Telecommunications
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Robert W. Lucky, Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Purdue University, 1961, began his career in telecommunications at
AT&T Bell Laboratories. He is currently Corporate Vice President of Applied Research at Telcordia Technologies. His
work in correcting distortion in telephone signals, called the adaptive equalizer, is used in all high speed data transmission
today. The textbook, Principles of Data Communications, 1968, which he co-authored, became the most cited reference in
the communications field over the period of a decade.
Dr. Lucky is a Fellow of the IEEE, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He is a consulting editor for a
series of books on communications through Plenum Press. He has been on the advisory boards or committees of many universities
and government organizations, and was Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the United States Air Force
from 1986-89. He was the 1987 recipient of the prestigious Marconi Prize for his contributions to data communications.
He has also been awarded the Edison Medal of the IEEE and the Exceptional Civilian Contributions Medal of the U.S. Air
Force. He holds 11 patents. Since 1982, Dr. Lucky has written the bimonthly "Reflections" column of personalized observations
about the engineering profession in Spectrum magazine. Bob Lucky is a frequent speaker to both scientific and
general audiences, and has been the guest on a number of network television shows, including Bill Moyers' "A World of
Ideas," and several PBS programs.