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Costello Receives IEEE EAB Vice President’s Recognition Award

Nina Welding • DATE: December 23, 2014

Costello Receives IEEE EAB Vice President’s Recognition Award

Daniel J. Costello Jr. (center) receives the 2014 Vice President's Recognition Award from Saurahb Sinha, the IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) vice chair and Karen Panetta, the chair of the EAB awards committee.

Daniel J. Costello Jr., the Leonard Bettex Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, recently received the 2014 Vice President’s Recognition Award from the Educational Activities Board (EAB) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Among its duties, the EAB honors individuals and corporations for their contributions to engineering and technical education.

Noting Costello’s deep commitment and profound contributions to electrical engineering, the award citation reads, “For contributions to digital communication system design, dissemination of research in channel coding and modulation, and for significantly influencing teaching and learning in those areas.”

Costello’s research has focused on digital communications, with special emphasis on coding theory, information theory, communication networks, and bandwidth efficient communication. It has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the U.S. Army, and Motorola Communications.

An IEEE Fellow, Costello has served as a member of the Information Theory Society board of governors. He also has served as associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications and IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. Among the many honors in his career, he has received the IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Prize, the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, the IEEE Information Theory Society Aaron D. Wyner Distinguished Service Award, the IEEE Communications Society and IEEE Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award, the IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award, and the Seattle University Centennial Alumni Award.

He is also the co-author of the popular graduate level textbook on coding from which the designers of today’s cellular, WiFi, and cable systems learned the subject.

Costello graduated from Seattle University and earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Notre Dame in 1966 and 1969, respectively. After several years as a faculty member at the Illinois Institute of Technology, he returned to Notre Dame as a member of the electrical engineering faculty in 1985 and served as department chair from 1989 to 1998.