The Cockrell School of Engineering awarded Dr. Robert Heath the Joe J. King Professional Engineering Achievement Award for the academic year 2018 – 2019. The Cockrell School of Engineering established this award in 1977 to recognize a faculty member who has made significant contributions in furthering the profession of engineering.
Dr. Robert W. Heath Jr. is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and holds the Cullen Trust for Higher Education Professorship in Engineering #6. Prof. Heath was named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors in 2017. He was named as a 2018 Highly Cited Researcher from Clarivate Analytics, and, along with Prof. Jeff Andrews, Dr. Heath received the 2019 IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award for their contributions to wireless communication systems. He is a member of the Cockrell School’s Wireless Networking and Communications Group; CEO of MIMO Wireless Inc., a consulting company focusing on multiple antenna wireless communication systems; and chief innovation officer of Kuma Signals LLC, an engineering firm focusing on wireless communications. Heath is the author of two books, co-author of one book and the recipient of numerous national and international best paper awards. He has been named a highly cited researcher in computer science and engineering for the past four years.