Center for Advanced Computation and Telecommunications

Charles Thompson

Current advisees:

Sarah Kamal, MS candidate

Pratik Ghandi , PhD candidate


Former doctoral students:

  • Rahul Sen, Director
  • Kavitha Chandra, Assoc. Dean,Professor
  • Vineet Mehta, Asst. Group Leader
  • Sylvia Isler, Senior Engineering  Manager,VP
  • Anthony Kozloff, MTS
  • Arun Mulpur, Manager
  • Sudha Mulpur, Principal Software Developer
  • Bongseok Jang, Assoc. Professor
  • Bo-Kyoung Kim,Head, Dean  Professor
  • Jung-Rim Hyun, MTS
  • Kassinani Kotsidou, Asst. Professor
  • Miroslava Raspopovic, Dean, Assoc. Professor
  • Jing Tsui, MTS
  • Sania Salahuddin, MTS
  • Jiraporn Pongsiri, MTS
  • Max Denis, Asst. Professor
  • Ayse Kalkan-Savoy, MTS
  • Ambika Bhatta, MTS
  • Lejun Hu, MTS


Charles Thompson is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Director of the Center for Advanced Computation and Telecommunications and formerly Associate to the Dean for Research and Graduate Study at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from New York University, a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of NewYork, and a Ph.D. in Acoustics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Upon graduation he became an Assistant Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. In 1987 he joined the Department Electrical and Computer Engineering at UMASS Lowell as its Analog Devices Career Development Professor. Dr. Thompson has served on the executive boards of the Cooperative Research Fellowship program of Bell Laboratories (1991-1999) and the AT&T Labs Fellowship Program (1996-2006).

At Bell Laboratories Dr. Thompson created with the Vice President of Research and Nobel laureate, Arno Penizas, the W. Lincoln Hawkins Mentoring Excellence Award (1994). This award is given to a member of the research staff for fostering the career growth of Bell Labs students and associates. This award is Research’s highest honor for mentoring contributions. In 1998, AT&T Labs instituted a similar award named for Dr. Thompson.

His awards include the US Presidential Award for Excellence in Mentoring; Tau Beta Pi Eminent Engineer; James E. Blackwell Scholar; AT&T Bell Laboratories Cooperative Research Fellowship. He is cited in Who’s Who among African Americans, Education, and Technology Today; American Men and Women of Science, West Babylon Alumni Hall of Fame; He is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and cited for his fundamental contributions to theoretical and computational acoustics. He is senior member of IEEE, and a member of the American Physical Society and Sigma Xi. He has published reesearch in  acoustics, control theory, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, linear and nonlinear systems, and telecommunications.

Former masters students:

  • Martin Manley, Penn State
  • Vineet Mehta, UMASS Lowell
  • Ayse Kalkan, UMASS Lowell
  • Tham Le, Senior Engineer
  • Ajay Mupur, Strategy Leader
  • George Tasiopoulus, Director
  • Chao-ping Hsu, Engineer
  • David Maurer, Senior Engineer
  • Alia Haider, MTS 
  • Vardhani Harpanahali, Manager
  • Ananda Chakravarty, Product Director
  • Nancy Tharakan, Systems Engineer
  • Ping Zhou, Senior Software Engineer
  • Parita Amin Lalwani, Marketing Exec
  • Weihong Gao, Engineer
  • Dusan Radivojevic, Software Developer
  • Jyotsna Basana, Engineer
  • Max Denis, UMASS Lowell
  • Miroslava Raspopovic, UMASS Lowell
  • Jing Tsui, UMASS Lowell
  • Hetalbin Patel. DSP Engineer
  • Neha Dhar, Software Engineer
  • Ambika Bhatta, UMASS Lowell
  • Janet Yang, Software Engineer
  • Raji Remany, Engineer
  • Jenny Au, MTS
  • Katherine Aho, U. Vermont
  • Megha Sunny,  CMU
  • Barbara Deschamp, UMASS Lowell

Former undergraduate students:

  • Martin Manley, UMASS Lowell
  • Donald Fisher, Penn State
  • Vineet Mehta, UMASS Lowell
  • Kay Herbert, MIT
  • Stacey West, Agent
  • Gregory Alia, University of South Florida
  • John Hammill, Engineer
  • Clifford Raimond
  • Max Denis, UMASS Lowell
  • Keith Houilhan
  • Monica Brown, Engineer
  • Jefferson Challenger, Software Engineer
  • Nicholas Demien, Engineer
  • Hahn Vu-Maesto, MIT
  • Clynton Caines, Engineer
  • Elaine Vejar, UMASS Lowell
  • John Tice
  • Susan Barroso, Engineer
  • Emmanuel Lammar, Engineer
  • Yohanas Abebe, Engineer
  • John Tice
  • A.W Dewald, Engineer
  • Joseph McInerney, Dartmouth
  • Natalie Grant, Engineer
  • II-Que Kim, Engineer
  • Paula Arinello, Senior Electrical Engineer
  • Scott Jobling, University of Illinois
  • Jerome Davis, Electrical Engineer
  • Jing Tsui, UMASS Lowell
  • Miroslava Raspopovic, UMASS Lowell
  • Nancy McKain, Electrical Engineer
  • Maria Berezina, MIT
  • Jessica Piper, Stanford University
  • Jose Amado, Engineer
  • David Chann, MIT
  • Mega Sunny, UMASS Lowell
  • Noel Billong, Engineer
  • Jony Perez, Executive
  • Natalie Dumont
  • John Tripp
  • Margaret Cascacca, UMASS Lowell


University of Massachusetts at Lowell

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 1993 – *; Director, Center for Advanced Computation and Telecommunications, 2000 – *; Chair, Personnel Committee, ECE 2003 – 2005; Chair, Faculty Search Committee, ECE 2003-2005; Associate to the Dean for Research and Graduate Study, COE, 1994 – 1996; Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, 1987 – 1993; Co-director, Center for Advanced Computation and Telecommunications, 1992- 2000; Director of the Laboratory for Advanced Computation, 1987-1992;

AT&T Labs

Executive Board, Research Fellowship Program of Minorities and Women, 1996 – 2006; Academic Advisor; Recipient of the 1999 Presidential Award For Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring(Link)

Lucent Technologies

Executive Board, Research Fellowship Program 1996 – 1999; Academic Advisor;

AT&T Bell Laboratories

Executive Board, Cooperative Research Fellowship Program, 1991 – 1996; Member of Technical Staff, Acoustics Research Department, 1977, 1979;

New England Board of Higher Education.

Advisory Board, Fiber Optics Technology Education, 1995 – 1997; NEBHE Mentoring Program, 1990-2007;

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Assistant Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics,1982 -86; Director, Laboratory for Computational Studies, 1983-1986;

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Teaching Assistant for 2.062 Wave Propagation (T.R.Akylas), 1981; Teaching Assistant for 6.312 Acoustics (Amar G. Bose), 1979, 1980; Teaching Assistant for 6.011 Network Analysis(Louis D. Braida), 1978;