Prof. D. Raychaudhuri receives 2014 ECEDHA Innovative Program Award


Prof. Dipankar Raychaudhuri, Distinguished Professor and Director of  WINLAB received the 2014 Innovative Program Award by the ECE Department Heads Association (ECEDHA). The awards ceremony took place at the ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo, in Napa, CA, on March 24.

The Innovative Program Award is given to individual(s) or department(s) that has (have) created, implemented, and sustained the implementation of a successful innovative program and possibly assisted in the implementation of that program at other institutions. A successful program is one that has stood the test of time (i.e., formal integration into a program of study) and has produced measurable improvements in the quality of the electrical and computer education received by a significant number of students at one or more institutions.


WINLAB (the Wireless Information Network Laboratory) at Rutgers University is a collaborative industry-university research center with focus on wireless communications and networking.

The center operates as a part of the Rutgers School of Engineering (SOE) and is formally affiliated with the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). The center's research mission is to make fundamental contributions to both the theory and practice of emerging wireless technologies and systems, working in close collaboration with industry and government. WINLAB's educational mission is to train the next generation of wireless technologists via graduate MS and PhD programs which expose students to a specialized wireless communications curriculum integrated with advanced research projects.

WINLAB was founded at Rutgers University in 1989 as the first of its kind wireless research center in academia. Over the years, WINLAB has been the pole of attraction of brilliant faculty, researchers, students, and visitors who come from all over the world to be immersed in WINLAB's unique research environment. The innovative work of WINLAB/ECE faculty is highly cited in scientific journals and conferences. With its excellent reputation, WINLAB has enabled ECE to recruit outstanding faculty and students, has revolutionized our curriculum and has strengthened our ties with industry.

One of the signature features of the center's program is the involvement of industry via a sponsorship program that has attracted long-term support from 15-20 top-tier technology companies over the past 10 years. A second important aspect of the center's program is the emphasis on collaborative projects which involve multiple faculty members as well as external collaborators from universities and research labs. This collaborative work culture has made it possible for Rutgers ECE faculty to compete successfully for large NSF and DoD projects that are beyond the scope of most individual academic researchers. A third notable feature of WINLAB's program is the emphasis on building and operating state-of-the-art laboratory infrastructure that enables faculty and students to pursue ambitious experimental research goals that lead the field of wireless technology.