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Michael B. Pursley

Michael PursleyHolcombe Chair and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ph.D. - University of Southern California
Electrical and Computer Engineering
M.S. - Purdue University
Electrical and Computer Engineering
B.S. - Purdue University
Electrical Engineering

Contact Information
Office: 303 Fluor Daniel EIB
Office Phone: 864.656.1528

Dr. Pursley was with the Space and Communications Group of the Hughes Aircraft Company in Los Angeles during 1968–74. In 1974, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he was promoted to the rank of Professor in 1980.  Since 1992, Dr. Pursley has held the Holcombe Endowed Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clemson.  He had visiting faculty positions at UCLA and Caltech in 1985. He is the author of two textbooks published by Prentice Hall: Random Processes in Linear Systems (2002) and Introduction to Digital Communications (2005).

Current Research: Network Coding for Packet Radio Networks
Information on Dr. Pursley's research is available in the following journal articles:

J. D. Ellis and M. B. Pursley, "Adaptive transmission protocols for fountain-coded multicast transmissions in packet radio networks," IEEE Transactions on Communications, vol. 65, no. 4, pp. 1786–1796, April 2017.

S. S. Borkotoky and M. B. Pursley, "Fountain-coded broadcast distribution in multiple-hop packet radio networks," IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 29–41, February 2019.

S. S. Borkotoky and M. B. Pursley, "Adaptive transmission for network-coded all-to-all broadcast in multi-hop ad hoc wireless networks," IEEE Communications Letters, vol. 23, no. 12, pp. 2412–2416, December 2019.

Professional Activities, Honors, and Awards
Dr. Pursley was elected Fellow of the IEEE in 1982 and President of the IEEE Information Theory Society in 1983. He was a member of the Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the IEEE during 1984–91. He is currently a member of Editorial Advisory Board for the International Journal of Wireless Information Networks and a Senior Editor of the IEEE Journal of Selected Areas in Communications. He was awarded an IEEE Centennial Medal in 1984, the Ellersick best paper award in 1996, the IEEE Military Communications Conference Award for Technical Achievement in 1999, and an IEEE Millennium Medal in 2000. He received the IEEE Communications Society Edwin Howard Armstrong Achievement Award in 2002. He received a distinguished alumnus award from the University of Southern California in 2005, he was named Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer by Purdue University in 2008, and he received the IEEE Communication Theory Technical Achievement Award in 2017.