Awards

Joseph P. Noonan Outstanding Doctoral Research Prize

The Noonan Award, endowed by recent alum Prem Natarajan, recognizes outstanding research contributions made during doctoral studies in the department of electrical and computer engineering at Tufts University in the past three years.

About Dr. Noonan

Professor Joseph Noonan received BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University. While at Tufts, he was a member of both the Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi honor societies. He began his career with the Raytheon Company in 1970. There he worked on the Patriot and Sparrow Missile Systems. In 1978 he founded Bedford Research Associates, a mathematical analysis and scientific software firm, which provided support to a number of research facilities of the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and the Department of Transportation. He served as President of Bedford Research until joining the faculty of the Electrical Engineering Department of Tufts University in 1985 as an Associate Professor. He received tenure in 1990 and was promoted to the rank of Professor in 2000. Prof. Noonan served as the Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department from 2005 to 2007.

Professor Noonan's expertise is Statistical Communication Theory, a field that seeks to understand and mitigate the problem of noise and interference in electronic communication devices and systems through the use of advanced mathematics. He has published over 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has been granted a U.S. patent.

Professor Noonan is a highly respected and well-loved teacher. His expertise in the classroom has been recognized by 18th Annual Lillian & Joseph Leibner Award for Distinguished Teaching and Advising in 1992. He has been responsible for creating and updating the core departmental courses in communication and information theory. Professor Noonan's teaching evaluations have been consistently excellent at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.