Dennis Goeckel

Electrical and Computer Engineering
215L Marcus Hall
(413) 545-3514


secure data transmission; network theory


Professor Goeckel's principal research interest is currently in physical layer communication theory and practice, and wireless network theory.

Low Probability of Detection (LPD) Communication Systems Everlasting Security in Wireless Communication Systems Robust Compressive Sensing in Wideband Receivers RF Fingerprinting Network Theory: Connectivity and Capacity Network Theory: Security Frequency-Shifted Reference UWB (TR-UWB without the delay element!) Multiple-Antenna Systems

Asymptotic Capacity Calculations for Fixed-Sized Arrays

Asynchronous Cooperative Diversity

Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) Systems

Signaling for Improved Diversity and PMEPR Reduction

Characterization of the Peak-to-Mean Envelope Power Ratio (PMEPR)

Adaptive Signaling Under Measurement Uncertainty


Education University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 1992-1996

Ph. D. (Electrical Engineering: Systems) August 1996.
Major: Communications Minor: Signal Processing Dissertation: "Performance Limits and Optimal Resource Allocation for Coded Multi-User Communication Systems." Advisor: Prof. Wayne E. Stark

M.S. (Electrical Engineering) December 1993.

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 1987-1992 B.S. (Computer and Electrical Engineering), with highest distinction, May 1992

Activities & Awards

IEEE Fellow (effective January 1, 2011).

University of Massachusetts Distinguished Teaching Award (3 winners campus-wide each academic year, can only be won once per lifetime), 2007.

National Science Foundation CAREER Award (1999).

QualComm Distinguished Lecturer, International Conference on Networking and Communications, February 2014.

Associate Editor for the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, 2012-present.

Outstanding Senior Faculty Member, College of Engineering, University of Massachusetts (2010).

Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, 2010-2013.

Lead Co-Chair, Technical Program Committee of the Wireless Communications Theory Symposium of the IEEE Global Communications Conference (2008).

Guest Editor, IEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Signal Processing: Special Issue on Performance Limits of Ultra-Wideband Systems, October 2007.

Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications, 2006-2010. College Outstanding Teacher, College of Engineering, University of Massachusetts (2005-2006).

Visiting Scientist, Laboratory for Information and Decision Sciences (LIDS), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2004-2005.

Technical Program Co-Chair (one of four equal co-chairs), Communication Theory Symposium of the IEEE Global Communications Conference (2004).

Outstanding Junior Faculty Member (shared with Jim Watkins), College of Engineering, University of Massachusetts (2001).

Faculty Speaker (selected by students), first annual Engineering Commencement Ceremony, 2001.
Lilly Teaching Fellow (2000-2001).

Associate Editor for the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications: Wireless Communication Series (later IEEE Transaction on Wireless Communications), 1999-2002.

Frequent Panelist for the National Science Foundation.

Reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, European Transactions on Telecommunications, IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, IEEE Communication Letters, National Science Foundation, and various international equivalents (Canada, Israel, Qatar, etc.)
Advisor to the IEEE Student Chapter at the University of Massachusetts, 1996-2008.

Technical Program Committee Member, Organizer, and/or Session Chair for Communication Theory at various conferences.

University of Massachusetts ECE Outstanding Advisor Award (1999, 2000) and University of Massachusetts ECE Outstanding Faculty Award (2001,2003,2013,2014) (selected by graduating students), 

Rackham Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (1995-1996). University of Michigan fellowship awarded to 60 students university-wide. Interdisciplinary panels select recipients from candidates nominated by their respective departments.

National Science Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (1992-1995).