Professor Michael Rice elevated to IEEE Fellow

BYU professor Michael Rice was elevated to a Grade of Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest and most prestigious professional association for the advancement of technology.

Rice, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, was selected by the IEEE Board of Directors for his contributions to communications waveforms, detection algorithms, and channel models for aeronautical telemetry. He has studied channel modeling, which is attempting to fix air-to-ground communication problems, and he worked on in-depth mathematical models of the modulations of that communication. Rice also developed a way to code the signal of the two antennas on airplanes so ground communications can transmit the signals from both antennas without interference. This work is now in the telemetry standards and companies are fielding products based on those standards.

The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one percent of the total voting membership. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.

“It’s been a longtime goal to qualify myself for fellow, so it’s nice to have accomplished that goal,” Rice said. “The elevation to fellow grade is a recognition from your professional peers of your accomplishments, so it’s a satisfying feeling.”

The other IEEE Fellows at BYU are electrical and computer engineering professors Aaron Hawkins, Randal Beard, David Comer, Karl Warnick, David Long, and dean of the Ira A. Fulton College, Michael Jensen. Approximately 29 percent of the ECE faculty are now fellows.

Rice has been working at BYU for 26 years. He received his PhD in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech. He is currently the associate editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transitions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems research journal. He has been the chair of the Communication Theory Technical Committee and has had various opportunities to engage in a lot of professional service. He has written a textbook that is used at BYU and at several other universities. His work with graduate students has been another big accomplishment in his career.

“I’ve been lucky to have some really good graduate students working with me,” Rice said. “Mentoring them through their work was the basis for a lot of my accomplishments. That is a very rewarding service.”

The IEEE is the world’s leading professional association for advancing technology for humanity. Through its more than 400,000 members in 160 countries, the association is a leading authority on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics.

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