Prof. David Staelin

Professor David Staelin

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Welcome to the StaelinFest site. The StaelinFest event will be held on Monday, July 18, 2011 to celebrate the many personal and professional contributions that Dave Staelin has made to so many of us during his over 45 years at MIT.

Dave has been an icon of the MIT community, first stepping on campus as a student 55 years ago. In 1965, Dave joined the faculty of the MIT EECS Department, in RLE. Dave has advised over a hundred students, many of whom went on to distinguished academic or professional careers or into industry as entrepreneurs, technical leaders, and executives. Dave's MIT research has been broad, including radio astronomy as co-discoverer of the Crab Nebula pulsar and co-PI of the Voyager Planetary Radio Astronomy Experiments; remote sensing research as PI for the first two earth-orbiting microwave spectrometers to map atmospheric temperature profiles, and as a continuing contributor to operational successors; and signal processing and estimation, including optical astronomy, video compression, wireless communications, manufacturing, neural signal processing, membrane control, and other challenges. Dave also served as an Assistant Director of the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, as co-founder of MIT's Venture Mentoring Service, and as a member of the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee. Dave was also co-founder and Chairman of PictureTel Corporation and a director of Environmental Research and Technology and EMPower Corporation.

As a visitor to this site, you are likely now, or have been, a student or colleague of Dave's. Whatever your connection to Dave, we welcome you to StaelinFest 2011. The event will be a half-day symposium with talks by colleagues and former students that look back and forward over the technical contributions and impact of Dave's professional career in Radio Astronomy, Signal Processing, Entrepreneurship, and beyond, followed by a reception with time to reminisce.

We invite you to leave a personal note to Dave and Ellen on the Guestbook section. Please follow the link at the top.

We hope to see you at StaelinFest 2011.

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