William Clyde Lindsey

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Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering


  • Doctoral Degree, Electrical Engineering, Purdue University
  • Master's Degree, Electrical Engineering, Purdue University
  • Bachelor's Degree, Electrical Engineering, University of Arkansas Fayetteville


Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, 1962, Purdue, West Lafayette, IN.

Dr. Lindsey is an internationally known expert in the field of Communication Sciences and has over thirty years experience in deep space and satellite communication system architecting, engineering, design, analysis and simulation. His areas of interest include channel characterization, measurement, synchronization and communication techniques as applied to global mobile communication and navigation systems, satellite communications and personal communication networks. He has published more than 140 papers on various topics in communication and information theory and he holds several patents. His patents have been implemented in numerous communication satellite systems and ground station and mobile communications receivers located around the world.

Dr. Lindsey is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Lifetime Fellow of the IEEE. He has received several awards and honors and held numerous offices. He was one of the pioneering founders of the IEEE Communication Society, served on the Board of Governors and Editorial Boards of the IEEE,served as editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications, and he has been the Technical Program Chairman for numerous national and international conferences on communications and telemetry. He serves on Commission C, Signals and Systems of the International Scientific Union (URSI) and the CCIR Standards Committee.

Research Summary

Adaptive coded modulation, channel characterization, PCS communications, satellite communications, smart modems/antennas, positioning systems.


  • 2008 Southern Arkansas University 2008 Distinguished Golden Rider Award
  • 2003 Service Award
  • 2001 Other Awards
  • 2000 Other Awards
  • 2000 Other Awards
  • 2000 Other Awards
  • 1997 National Academy of Engineering
  • 1997 Service Award
  • 1993 Navy Award of Recognition
  • 1980 Service Award
  • 1974 NASA Certificate of Recognition
  • 1974 IEEE Fellow
  • 1974 Fellow IEEE - For Contributions to the Development of Advanced Communications and Synchronization Systems
  • 1974 NASA/JPL Paper Awards
  • 1974 Other Awards
  • 1973 6. Paper Award - NASA Tech Brief B-731014
  • 1972 5. Paper Award - NASA Tech. Brief 70-10242
  • 1972 International Telemetering Foundation Outstanding and Dedicated Service Award
  • 1971 4. Paper Award - NASA Tech Brief 20-10009
  • 1971 NASA Cost Reduction Award
  • 1971 NASA Cost Reduction Award
  • 1971 nternational Telemetering Foundation Outstanding and Dedicated Service Award
  • 1969 NASA/JPL Mariner Mars ’69 Project Outstanding Performance Award
  • 1962 Phillip Sporn Award
  • 1959 Purdue University Fellowship
  • 1958 University of Arkansas Senior Scholar

    • EEB 510
    • Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center
    • 3740 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90089
    • USC Mail Code: 2565

    Contact Information
    • (213) 740-4675
    • wcl@usc.edu


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