Christopher Rose is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rutgers University and a founding member of WINLAB. Dr. Rose earned all of his degrees from MIT: S.B. (1979), S.M. (1981), and Ph.D. (1985).
He thus considers himself a "semi-lifer at MIT, from 1975 to 1985" and "paroled" by his new wife and new baby when he graduated with a Ph.D. in EECS. Afterward, he began an almost "30-year-and-counting postdoc" in communication theory, starting at Bell Laboratories Research, where he "rubbed shoulders with a wide range of brilliant and uniformly delightful technical angels and curmudgeons." He has made notable contributions to wireless systems theory and is a full member of the Army Science Board.
His proudest moments: 1) an NPR interview in which a caller asked him about crop circles and extraterrestrial communication, and 2) his 2004 Nature cover story, a counterpoint to MIT-legend Phil Morrison's famous 1959 paper in the same publication on interstellar communication.
Chris' current passion is thinking about ways to make the under-represented minority (URM) STEM professoriat dramatically larger by developing academic cohorts whose technical breadth, social consciousness and natural cohesion (all typical URM characteristics) can provide an especially keen vantage point from which to formulate and attack high-profile, high impact problems of great interest to society.