Richard D. Gitlin received the D.Eng.Sc. degree from Columbia University, New York, in 1969. Since 1969, he has been with AT&T Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, NJ where he is Director of the Communications Systems Research Laboratory. In this position he is responsible for research in wireless systems, broadband networking, and local access and switching systems. >From 1969 to 1979, he did applied research and exploratory development in the field of high-speed voiceband modems, from 1979 to 1982 he supervised a group doing exploratory and advance development in these areas and from 1982 to 1987 he was Head of a department responsible for systems engineering, exploratory development and final development of data communications equipment. He was responsible for leading the pioneering efforts that lead to V.32 product family and the HDSL technology. From 1987 to 1992 he was Head of the Network Systems Research Department where he managed research in broadband networking. Dr. Gitlin is the author of more than 70 technical papers, numerous conference papers, and he holds 35 patents in the areas of data communications, digital signal processing, and broadband networking. He has served as chairman of the Communication Theory Committee of the IEEE Communications Society, as a member of the COMSOC Awards Board, Editor for Communication Theory of the IEEE Transactions on Communications, and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Proceedings of the IEEE. Currently, he is a member of the Board of the Proceedings of the IEEE and a member of the board of Governors of the IEEE Communications Society and a member of the Nominations and Elections Board. In 1985 he was elected a Fellow of the IEEE for his contributions to data communications technology, and in 1987 he was named an AT&T Bell Laboratories Fellow.