Alan V. Oppenheim

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Alan V. Oppenheim
Born New York City
Residence United States
Citizenship American
Fields Signal processing
Institutions MIT
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Alma mater MIT
Thesis Superposition in a Class of Nonlinear Systems (1964)
Doctoral advisor Amar Bose
Doctoral students Ron Schafer
Thomas F. Quatieri
Yonina Eldar
Known for Digital signal processing
Influences Thomas Stockham[1]
Notable awards

Alan Victor Oppenheim[2] (born 1937 in New York City) is a Professor of Engineering at MIT's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is also a principal investigator in MIT's Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE), at the Digital Signal Processing Group. His research interests are in the general area of signal processing and its applications. He is coauthor of the widely used textbooks Discrete-Time Signal Processing and Signals and Systems. He is also editor of several advanced books on signal processing.

Academic history[edit]

Oppenheim received the S.B. and S.M. degrees simultaneously in 1961 and the Sc.D. degree in 1964, all in electrical engineering, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His dissertation Superposition in a Class of Nonlinear Systems was written under the direction of Amar Bose. He is also the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Tel Aviv University (1995). In 1964, Dr. Oppenheim joined the faculty at MIT, where he is currently Ford Professor of Engineering and a MacVicar Faculty Fellow. Since 1967 he has been affiliated with MIT Lincoln Laboratory and since 1977 with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.[1]

Affiliations and awards[edit]

Dr. Oppenheim is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the IEEE, a member of Sigma Xi and ΗΚΝ. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a Sackler Fellow.

He has also received a number of awards for outstanding research and teaching, including the IEEE Centennial Medal (1984), the IEEE Education Medal (1988),[3] the IEEE Third Millennium Medal (2000), the IEEE Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal (2007),[4][5] the Society Award, the Technical Achievement Award and the Senior Award of the IEEE Society on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing. He has also received a number of awards at MIT for excellence in teaching, including the Bose Award and the Everett Moore Baker Award.


Dr. Oppenheim is author or co-author of many books, including:

  • Oppenheim, Alan V.; Schafer, R. W.; and Buck, J. R. (1999). Discrete-time signal processing. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall. ISBN 0-13-754920-2. 
  • Oppenheim, Alan V.; Willsky, Alan S.; Nawab, Hamid; with S. Hamid (1998). Signals and Systems. Pearson Education. ISBN 0-13-814757-4. 


  1. ^ a b Andrew Goldstein (1997). "Oral-History:Alan Oppenheim". IEEE Global History Network. IEEE. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Alan Victor Oppenheim was elected in 1987 as a member of National Academy of Engineering in Electronics, Communication & Information Systems Engineering and Computer Science & Engineering for innovative research, writing of pioneering textbooks, and inspired teaching in the field of digital signal processing.
  3. ^ "IEEE James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal Recipients" (PDF). IEEE. Retrieved November 24, 2010. 
  4. ^ "IEEE Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal Recipients" (PDF). IEEE. Retrieved February 28, 2011. 
  5. ^ "IEEE Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal Recipients - 2007 - Alan V. Oppenheim". IEEE. Retrieved February 28, 2011. 

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