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L. Wilson Pearson

Wilson PearsonProfessor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Emeritus

Ph.D. - University of Illinois
Electrical Engineering
M.S. - University of Mississippi
Electrical Engineering
B.S. - University of Mississippi
Electrical Engineering

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Dr. L. Wilson Pearson brings to Clemson background that includes faculty experience at the Universities of Kentucky and Mississippi, the Naval Surface Weapons Center, and McDonnell Douglas Research Laboratories. During his tenure at McDonnell Douglas, he was an Affiliate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Washington University. He studied at the University of Mississippi and at the University of Illinois for the Ph.D.

Pearson has been professionally active in the Antenna and Propagation Society (APS) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), as well as in the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society. He has served on the Administrative Committee of APS, as an Associate Editor and Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, and on the Editorial Board of the IEEE Proceedings. He is a member of Commissions B and D of the U.S. National Committee of the International Radio Science Union (URSI) and has served as the Chair of Commission D. He has been recognized with several honors because of his professional activities, including Fellow Membership in the IEEE.

Pearson has published more than 50 reviewed papers, including work in computation electromagnetics, electromagnetic transients, asymptotic methods in electromagnetics, as well as radio frequency (RF) and millimeter wave systems. He has directed a five university team on a $5M research program in spatial power combining under the aegis of the Defense Department’s Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative. His work has been funded by the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the Army Research Office and several research laboratories. His current research activities involve RF front ends for software-defined radio operating over extreme bandwidths. This work includes digital preconditioning to augment RF performance.

At Clemson, Pearson teaches both of the courses in the undergraduate electromagnetics sequence and graduate courses in finite elements for electromagnetics and asymptotic methods in electromagnetics. On occasion, he has taught introductory circuit theory and microwave circuit theory. Pearson values his interaction with students at the undergraduate and graduate level. His Ph.D. graduates hold positions in government laboratories, corporate development facilities, and in universities.