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Richard S. Wolff


  • Telecommunications
  • Wireless networks  


Dr. Richard S. Wolff has 36 years of university and industry experience in teaching and research in a wide range of topics in telecommunications and underlying technologies. He is currently the Gilhousen Telecommunications Chair and professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Montana State University at Bozeman, appointed to this position in January 2003. His experience in telecommunications industry research, from 1977 to 2003, was at Telcordia, Bellcore and Bell Laboratories, where his work spanned a wide range of technical and policy-related aspects of communications network design and evolution. Prior to joining MontanaState University, he was Vice President for Advanced Network Systems Research. Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bellcore), where he directed a diverse program that included systems level research in wireless, wireline and optical networks for terrestrial and earth-space applications. He is an expert in emerging wireless network technologies and systems for telecommunications applications.   At MontanaState he has established a telecommunications research program with emphasis on novel approaches to meeting the communications challenges of rural and sparse areas.

Dr. Wolff earned a BS in Engineering Physics at the University of  Califeornia  Berkeley and a PhD in Physics at  Columbia University in 1969. Prior to joining Bell Labs in 1977 he was an assistant professor of Physics at Columbia University where he conducted research in x-ray astronomy.

Dr. Wolff is a senior member of the IEEE, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi. He received the Cox Family Fund award  for creative scholarship and teaching at Montana State University  in 2009.