Andrea J. Goldsmith, IEEE Fellow, has received the 2024 IEEE James H. Mulligan Jr. Education Medal for a career of outstanding contributions to education in the fields of interest of IEEE. Her citation reads, “For educating, mentoring, and inspiring generations of students, and for authoring pioneering textbooks in advanced digital communications.” 

About Andrea J. Goldsmith

Portrait of Andrea Goldsmith

Andrea J. Goldsmith, the Dean of Engineering and Applied Science and the Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Princeton University, is renowned in her field. Her previous roles include the Stephen Harris Professor of Engineering and Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, where she is now Harris Professor Emerita. 

Dr. Goldsmith’s research interests include information theory, communication theory, and signal processing and their applications to wireless communications, interconnected systems, and biomedical devices. 

Dr. Goldsmith’s profound impact on the industry is evident in her diverse roles and responsibilities. As the founder and former Chief Technical Officer of Plume WiFi (formerly Accelera, Inc.) and Quantenna (QTNA), Inc., and a member of the Board of Directors for Intel (INTC), Medtronic (MDT), Crown Castle Inc. (CCI), and the Marconi Society, she has demonstrated her wide-ranging expertise and influence. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Marconi Prize, the IEEE Education Medal, the ACM Sigmobile Outstanding Contribution Award, the IEEE Sumner Technical Field Award, the ACM Athena Lecturer Award, the ComSoc Armstrong Technical Achievement Award, the Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award, the WICE Mentoring Award, the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award, and induction into the Silicon Valley Hall of Fame. 

She is the author of “Wireless Communications” and co-author of the books “MIMO Wireless Communications,” “Principles of Cognitive Radio,” and “Machine Learning and Wireless Communications,” all published by Cambridge University Press. She is also an inventor with 29 patents. Her work has been widely recognized, and she has received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley.

> Read Dr. Goldsmith’s profile in IEEE Spectrum 

About the IEEE James H. Mulligan Jr. Education Medal

Formerly the IEEE Education Medal, this award was established in 1956 by the American Institute of Electrical Engineers and continued by the IEEE Board of Directors. The medal recognizes the importance of education’s contribution to “the vitality, imagination, and leadership of the members of the engineering profession.” The award includes a gold medal, a bronze replica, a certificate, and an honorarium.

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