Steven W. McLaughlin

Steven W. McLaughlin
Ken Byers Professor
Deputy Director – Georgia Tech Lorraine

Permanent Address:
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
777 Atlantic Ave.
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA 30033, USA

Office: 5172 Centergy Building (75 Fifth St.)
Tel:  +1 404-894-6617
Fax: +1 404-894-7883
email: swm at ece dot gatech dot edu

Administrative Assistant:
Cordai Farrar
Tel: 404-894-8910
Fax: 404-894-7883
(cordai at ece dot gatech dot edu)


Research Group COURSES Personal


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.  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 where is now Ken Byers Professor of ECE.  He is also Deputy Director of Georgia Tech Lorraine – the  European Campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology – in Metz, France where shares his time between the Atlanta and Metz campuses. In 2005, he was  President of the IEEE Information Theory  Society.

His research interests are in the general area of communications and information theory. His research group has  on-going projects in the areas of turbo, LDPC, and constrained codes for  magnetic and optical recording;   FEC and equalization for wireless and optical networks, quantum key distribution and data security; and theory of error control coding. He has published more than 200 papers in refereed journals and conferences and holds 26 US patents in these areas.

He received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 1997 where he was cited by President Clinton “for leadership  in the development of high-capacity, nonbinary optical recording  formats” at a White House ceremony. He also received the National  Science Foundation CAREER award for this work.  He received (with Dr. David Warland at UC-Davis) the Information  Storage Industries Consortium Technical Achievement Award in 2002 for  “pioneering work in the development of multilevel optical disk storage technology”. From 1999-2003 he was also a Principal Scientist for  Calimetrics where this work was commercialized.   He received the Friend of the Graduate Student Award  in 2002 from the GT Graduate Student Association.

He served as the Publications  Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory from 1995-1999. He co-developed (with Ramesh Rao at  UCSD)  the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory  Digital Library. He co-edited (with Sergio Verdu) Information  Theory: 50 Years of Discovery (Wiley/IEEE Press, 1999). He is a Fellow of the IEEE and currently serves as an Associate Editor for Coding Techniques for the IEEE Transaction on Information Theory. He has also served on the IEEE Publications Activities Board (1998-2001) and is a former Secretary of the IEEE Atlanta Section  (2000).