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Audrey LeGrande
Assistant Director of Alumni and Student Relations
1072 ECE Building
306 N. Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 265-6285
alegrand@illinois.edu

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Alumni Awards

Distinguished Alumni Award (2009)

For research and development of wireless technologies and intellectual property protection

Carl Panasik

Carl Panasik

MSEE, 1977; PhDEE, 1980
Distinguished Member of Tech. Staff
Texas Instruments, Inc.
Dallas, TX

Carl Panasik joined Texas Instruments in 1980 and has served in several engineering-management positions in 4 divisions. Most recently, he has explored the area of patent law as the chairman of TI’s four Wireless patent committees which review over 300 patent disclosures a year. During his 29-year tenure, he has authored 36 granted patents with 6 pending. He presently serves as a patent associate, prosecuting patent applications with the US Patent and Trademark Office.

While in Wireless, he directed the development of the third-generation cellular transceiver prototype. This work enabled TI to be the first semiconductor company to demonstrate a prototype 3G handset at NTT DoCoMo’s research base station in Yokosuka, Japan. He introduced the concept of wireless diversity transmission through external research. As director of advanced architecture he co-invented a Wide Area Network communications system for advanced cellular which enables wireless data in the white-spaces recently opened by the digital transition of broadcast television. He has been granted several patents on the system. While working in the Digi­tal Signal Processing R&D Center he led a team which developed TI’s first WLAN prototype.

Carl also served as a manager in the Defense Systems and Electronics Group with responsibility for precision acoustic signal processing devices used for signal identi­fication and differentiation with time-bandwidth products between 100 and 12,000.

In 2009 Carl earned a Dr. Panasik earned a juris doctor degree from Southern Methodist University.