Dr. Andrew Viterbi to Receive Honorary Doctorate from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Dr. Andrew Viterbi to Receive Honorary Doctorate from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Dr. Andrew ViterbiDr. Andrew Viterbi, Presidential Chair and Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California, received the Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's Los Angeles Graduation Ceremonies on Monday, May 13, 2019 at Stephen S. Wise Temple. Dr. Viterbi also presented the Graduation address

Dr. Andrew Viterbi is a co-founder and retired Vice Chairman and Chief Technical Officer of Qualcomm Incorporated.  He also spent a portion of his career in academia as Professor in the Schools of Engineering and Applied Science, first at UCLA and then at UCSD, at which he is now Professor Emeritus. He is currently president of the Viterbi Group, a technical advisory and investment company. He also serves as a Presidential Chair Visiting Professor at the University of Southern California and a distinguished Visiting Professor at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

His principal research contribution, the Viterbi Algorithm, is used in most digital mobile phones and digital satellite receivers, as well as in such diverse fields as data recording, voice recognition and DNA sequence analysis.  More recently, he concentrated his efforts on spread spectrum multiple access technologies for satellite and cellular wireless communication. 

Dr. Viterbi has received numerous honors both in the U.S. and internationally. Among these are eight honorary doctorates and four Academy memberships as well as the IEEE Medal of Honor, the U.S. National Medal of Science, the Franklin Medal and the Charles Stark Draper Prize of the National Academy of Engineering.

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Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates leaders to serve North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, museums, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu