October 2022


Spotlight Article


Spotlight on Dr. Lee Swindlehurst, University of California Irvine

By: A. Lee Swindlehurst, Professor and Chair, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California Irvine

Lee Swindlehurst received th B.S. (1985) and M.S. (1986) degrees in Electrical Engineering from Brigham Young University (BYU), and the PhD (1991) degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

He was with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at BYU from 1990-2007, where he served as Department Chair from 2003-06. During 1996-97, he held a joint appointment as a visiting scholar at Uppsala University and the Ryoal Institute of Technology in Sweden. From 2006-07, he was on leave working as Vice President of Research for ArrayComm LLC in San Jose, California. Since 2007 he has been a Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of California Irvine, and since 2022 he is serving as the Department Chair.

During 2014-17 he was also a Hans Fischer Senior Fellow in the Institute for Advanced Studies at the Technical University of Munich. In 2016, he was elected as a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). His research focuses on array signal processing for radar, wireless communications, and biomedical applications, and he has over 400 publications in these areas.

Dr. Swindlehurst is a Fellow of the IEEE and was the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing. He received the 2000 IEEE W. R. G. Baker Prize Paper Award, the 2006 IEEE Communications Society Stephen O. Rice Prize in the Field of Communication Theory, the 2006, 2010 and 2022 IEEE Signal Processing Society's Best Paper Awards, the 2017 IEEE Signal Processing Society Donald G. Fink Overview Paper Award, and a Best Paper award at the 2020 IEEE International Conference on Communications.