Thomas Macdonald receives Clemson
Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Photo of Thomas MacdonaldDr. Thomas G. Macdonald, leader of the Advanced SATCOM Systems and Operations Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, is the recipient of a 2013 Outstanding Young Alumni Award from Clemson University's College of Engineering and Science. This award recognizes graduates of the college for significant contributions to engineering and science, contributions to their professional communities, and notable career success.

Dr. Macdonald, who earned MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from Clemson, leads his group's efforts to enhance the capacity, the robustness to interference, and the flexibility of future generations of communications satellites. Since joining Lincoln Laboratory in 2001, he has worked in a wide range of satellite and terrestrial radio programs, including networking for mobile military forces, prototypes of novel satellite communications terminals, and channel characterization for free-space optical communications systems. He has coauthored two book chapters and has published extensively in conference proceedings and journals. A longtime participant in IEEE activities, he served as a chair of the 2009 IEEE Military Communications Conference and was the editor of the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications' 2011 special issue on military communications and networking. In 2010, he was awarded the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Meritorious Award for Engineering in recognition of his accomplishments in advancing communications technology and his service to AFCEA.

Posted September 2013

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