Steven W. McLaughlin

Steven W. McLaughlin
Associate Professor

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA 30332-0250

Office: 571 GCATT Building
Tel: 404-894-6617
Fax: 404-894-7883

Steven W. McLaughlin received the B.S. degree from Northwestern University in 1985, the M.S.E. degree from Princeton University in 1986, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan in 1992, all in electrical engineering. He has held positions at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Eastman Kodak Co., and Booz, Allen and Hamilton. From 1992-1996 he was on the Electrical Engineering faculty at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He joined the School of ECE at Georgia Tech in September 1996.  From 1999-2003 he was  a Principal Scientist for Calimetrics.  In 2003 the assets of Calimetrics were acquired by LSI Logic.

He received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) where he was cited by President Clinton “for leadership in the development of high-capacity, nonbinary optical recording formats.” He also received the National Science Foundation CAREER award for this work. He works with the ML-CD Alliance (consisting of TDK, Calimetrics, Plextor, Sanyo, Mitsubishi Chemical (i.e. Verbatim), Yamaha, Matsushita (i.e. Panasonic) and others) to commercialize this technology.

He holds 22 US patents and has more than a dozen pending in the area of error control coding and modulation codes for magnetic and optical recording channels, as well as forward error correction (FEC) and signal processing for optical networks. His research interests are in the area of communications and information theory. Specific interests are in turbo and constrained codes for magnetic and optical recording, FEC and equalization for optical networks, theory of error control coding, and source coding (quantization and compression). He has published more than 120 papers in journals and conferences in these areas.

He received (with Dr. David Warland) the International Storage Industries Consortium ”Technical Achievement Award,” in 2002 for “pioneering work in the development of multilevel optical disk storage technology”. He received the “Friend of the Graduate Student Award” in 2002 from the GT Graduate Student Association.

He is currently Second Vice President of the IEEE Information Theory Society. He served as the Publications Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory from 1995-1999. He was responsible (with Ramesh Rao at UCSD) for creating the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory Digital Library. He co-edited (with Sergio Verdu) Information Theory: 50 years of Discovery (IEEE Press, 1999). He is a senior member of the IEEE. He has also served on the IEEE Publications Activities Board (1998-2001) and is a former Secretary of the IEEE Atlanta Section (2000).

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