September 26, 2008

Dr. Joseph Mitola Appointed VP for the Research Enterprise at Stevens Institute of Technology


Contact: Patrick A. Berzinski of Stevens Institute of Technology, +1-201-216-5687, [email protected]

Veteran technologist in government, industry, academe joins Stevens

HOBOKEN, N.J., Sept. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Stevens Institute of Technology's Provost & University Vice President George P. Korfiatis has announced the appointment of veteran technologist and pioneering researcher, Dr. Joseph Mitola, as Stevens' Vice President for the Research Enterprise. The appointment is effective immediately.


Mitola has also been appointed a Distinguished Professor, holding a joint appointment at the Schaefer School of Engineering and Science and the School of Systems and Enterprises.

"Mitola's experience in industry, government and academe, as well his pioneering contributions in research, are outstanding qualifications for this new position that has been created to advance the university's recognition and standing among the world's leading research universities," said Korfiatis.

As Vice President for the Research Enterprise, Professor Mitola will be responsible for promoting large-scale, cross-disciplinary research initiatives among Stevens' diverse research centers, laboratories and contract research projects.

"Through Dr. Mitola's leadership, the university's recognition as a force in research will be promoted nationally and internationally, thereby providing added value for internal and external constituencies," said Stevens President Harold. J. Raveche.

Vice President Mitola will promote such initiatives in government agencies, as well as the private sector. He will be responsible for investments that advance the goals and objectives of the Institute's Strategic Positioning Plan by working in close collaboration with the academic deans, department directors, center directors and principal investigators.

Mitola is recognized internationally for his formulation and groundbreaking research in software-defined radio (SDR) and cognitive radio systems and technologies. In addition to having published the first technical paper on software radio architecture in 1991, Mitola has taught courses in software radio in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

As founding chair of the SDR Forum in 1996, he pioneered global innovation in SDR among industry, government, and academic research organizations. Later, his 1999 Licentiate Thesis in Teleinformatics, coined the term "cognitive radio" for the integration of machine perception of RF, visual and speech domains with machine learning into SDR to make dynamic spectrum access technically viable.

His doctoral dissertation, Cognitive Radio (KTH, June 2000), created the first architecture for such autonomous radios, formulating the cognition cycle on which the sensing and opportunistic use of radio spectrum whitespace is based.

In addition, Mitola serves on the Committee for Universal Radio Frequency Capabilities for the U.S. Special Operations Command of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences.

Before joining Stevens, Mitola served as Chief Scientist of the Department of Defense (DoD) Federally Funded R&D Center (FFRDC) for The MITRE Corporation, where he led program teams to invent novel solutions to critical DoD mission-shortfalls in telecommunications and information processing.

Between 2002 and 2005, he was on loan from MITRE to the U.S. DoD to develop trustable cognitive systems for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as Special Assistant to the DARPA Director. From 1997 to 1999 he was founding Technical Director of Cryptologic Modeling and Simulation for the U.S. DoD. Between 1994 and 1996, his MITRE role was General Systems Engineer for the U.S. Defense Airborne Reconnaissance Office where he led the creation of the congressionally mandated strategy and was responsible for the transition of billions of dollars of legacy sensors, communications, and information systems to low cost mission effective modernized tactical distributed processing networks. In 1993 he served as Special Technical Advisor to the Executive Office of the President of the United States.

Mitola is the recipient of many awards, including the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service (2005) and the Inaugural Recipient of the SDR Forum Industry Achievement Award (2002). He has also served as the Editor-in-Chief, of the Radio Communications Series IEEE Communications Magazine 1998-2003.

He is a lifetime member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), the Association of Old Crows (Electronic Defense), and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).

He has published extensively in the area of cognitive radio and teleinformatics.

Joe Mitola holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with Highest Honors from Northeastern University; a Master of Science degree in Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University; a Licentiate in Engineering; and Doctorate in Teleinformatics from The Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, Stockholm.

About Stevens Institute of Technology

Founded in 1870, Stevens Institute of Technology is one of the leading technological universities in the world dedicated to learning and research. Through its broad-based curricula, nurturing of creative inventiveness, and cross disciplinary research, the Institute is at the forefront of global challenges in engineering, science, and technology management. Partnerships and collaboration between, and among, business, industry, government and other universities contribute to the enriched environment of the Institute. A new model for technology commercialization in academe, known as Technogenesis(R), involves external partners in launching business enterprises to create broad opportunities and shared value. Stevens offers baccalaureates, master's and doctoral degrees in engineering, science, computer science and management, in addition to a baccalaureate degree in the humanities and liberal arts, and in business and technology. The university has a total enrollment of 2,150 undergraduate and 3,500 graduate students with about 250 full- time faculty. Stevens' graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America. Additional information may be obtained from its web page at

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