The Telecommunications and Signal Processing Research Center was formed (i) in recognition of many faculty performing telecommunications and telecommunications-related research, (ii) to heighten the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering's visibility to the telecommunications industry in Texas, and (iii) to provide a focal point for coordinating activities of the Texas Telecommunication Engineering Consortium (TxTEC). TxTEC consists of several companies and five Texas universities. The mission of the Telecommunications and Signal Processing Research Center (TSPRC) is to perform over-the-horizon research on topics that, in our best judgment, will be crucial for the future development of telecommunications in Texas and the nation. In carrying out this mission, we will provide exceptional educational and research opportunities for our students. Dr. Edward J. Powers, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Texas Atomic Energy Research Foundation Professor in Engineering, has been appointed the first director.