Dr. Lawrence is Senior Research Scientist and Director of the Center for Intelligent Networked Systems (iNetS), and former Associate Dean and Bachelor Chair Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology.
Before joining Stevens, Dr. Lawrence worked for Bell Laboratories, retiring as Vice President, Advanced Communications Technology. He led the development of technologies for worldwide communications networks and managed an R&D staff of over 500 scientists/engineers and a budget of about $100 million annually. During his career, his personal research activities provided major contributions to gigabit photonic and wireless networking, signal processing, modem technology, digital techniques, ATM and IP switching and protocols, HDTV, DSL, and speech and audio coding, among other areas. Dr. Lawrence co-funded four successful venture companies: Globespan Semiconductors Inc.; Elemedia, Lucent’s internet software business; Lucent Digital Video; and Lucent Digital Radio, iBiquity.
Dr, Lawrence was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2016. He is a Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the IEEE, Fellow of AT&T Bell Labs, and Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. He also served as Chairman of the IEEE Awards Board and Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Communications. Dr. Lawrence is the co-author of five books. He holds 53 U.S. and international patents and has published over 100 papers in referenced journals and conference proceedings.
Dr, Lawrence received a Bachelor of Science in 1968 from the University of London, a D.I.C. in 1969 from Imperial College, and a Ph.D., in Electrical Engineering in 1973 from University of London, Imperial College.