Andrew Singer received the S.B., S.M., and Ph.D. degrees, all in electrical engineering and computer science, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since 1998, he has been on the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he currently holds a Fox Family Endowed Professorship and serves as Associate Dean for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Grainger College of Engineering. During the academic year 1996, he was a Postdoctoral Research Affiliate in the Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT. From 1996 to 1998, he was a Research Scientist at Sanders, A Lockheed Martin Company in Manchester, New Hampshire.
In 2000, he co-founded Intersymbol Communications, Inc., a fabless semiconductor IC company, based in Champaign, Illinois, which built digital signal processing-enhanced receivers for 10Gb/s optical communications. In 2007, Intersymbol Communications, Inc. was acquired by Finisar Corporation (now II-VI). In 2014, he co-founded OceanComm, a provider of ultra high-bandwidth underwater acoustic modem technology for subsea industries.
He received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2000; in 2001 he received the Xerox Faculty Research Award, and in 2002 he was named a Willett Faculty Scholar. From 2005-2017, he served as Director of the Technology Entrepreneur Center (TEC) in the College of Engineering, which is now part of the office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the College of Engineering. In 2006 he received the IEEE Journal of Solid State Circuits Best Paper Award for the paper entitled “An MLSE Receiver for Electronic Dispersion Compensation of OC-192 Fiber Links.” In 2008, he received the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine Award for the paper entitled “Turbo Equalization.” In 2009, he was elected Fellow of the IEEE “for contributions to signal processing techniques for digital communication,” and in 2014, he was named as a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Signal Processing Society.
Prof. Singer enjoys many forms of outdoor sports, including competing in triathlons and marathons. He has competed at all distances from sprint and olympic distance triathlons to ultra-marathons and the Ironman triathlon.
An electronic copy of his CV is available.