Dr. 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.