Forney recipient of IEEE Donald G. Fink Award

December 2, 2008

EECS adjunct professor G. David Forney, Jr., together with his co-author Daniel Costello Jr., has been awarded the 2009 IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award. They received this award for their paper "Channel Coding: The Road to Channel Capacity" which appeared in the Proceedings of the IEEE in June 2007. This award is given annually to the outstanding survey, review, or tutorial paper across of all of the IEEE Transactions, Magazines, and Proceedings.

In announcing this award to fellow EECS faculty members, the Edwin Sibley Webster Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Acting Director of the MIT Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, Alan S. Willsky added: "It is also worth noting that Dave is now a (and quite possibly the ONLY) two-time winner of this very prestigious award." Prof. Forney first received this award in 1990 for his paper titled: "Coset Codes - Part I: Introduction and Geometrical Classification, and CosetCodes - Part II: Binary Lattices and Related Codes," which appeared in the IEEE TRANSACTIONS on Information Theory, September 1988.

When David Forney was appointed the Bernard M. Gordon Adjunct Professor in the EECS Dept. in the fall of 1996, then EECS Department Head Paul Penfield noted that the Gordon Chair was established in 1978 to encourage the appointment of faculty with extensive industrial experience. Penfield stated: "It is not always easy to identify people with industrial experience who at the same time can convey the lessons from industry to our students, and also carry out research and supervise students at the doctoral level. Dave is such a person. He developed market-leading modems for Codex (now part of Motorola), and at the same time made major contributions to coding theory. His products always incorporated the most recent research results. He is widely regarded as one of the few people whose contributions span the entire communications field from theory to practice."

David Forney received an Sc.D. in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.S.E. in electrical engineering from Princeton University.

Congratulations to Dave Forney!