Keith Townsend

Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor
 Engineering Building II (EB2) 2104
 Campus Box 7911


Dr. Townsend's research interests are in the areas of digital communication, communication networks, modeling and simulation, and wireless communication systems. He is currently working on projects in the following three areas: 1. communication theory, architectures and protocols for wireless, ultra-wideband, tactical military communication networks, 2. modeling and simulation of wireless communication systems.

Dr. Townsend has been a guest co-Editor for two special issues of the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, one published in April 1993, and the other in May, 1997. Both covered the topic of Computer-Aided Modeling, Analysis, and Design of Communication Links. He has also served as Editor for Computer-Aided Design of Communication Systems for the IEEE Transactions on Communications.


  • Ph.D. 1988
    Electrical Engineering
    University of Kansas
  • Master's 1985
    Electrical Engineering
    University of Kansas
  • Bachelor's 1981
    Electrical Engineering
    University of Missouri-Rolla

Awards & Honors

  • 2011-2012 - Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Award
  • 2000 - Academy of Outstanding Teachers (NC State)

Recent News

Teaching ECE from the Living Room

Posted on March 31, 2020 | Filed Under: Campus Life

As classes shift entirely online for the remainder of the semester, ECE faculty shift into high gear to leverage online tools and adapt (sometimes even household items) to dramatically different teaching needs.

ECE Faculty Honored with Teaching Awards

Posted on March 16, 2012 | Filed Under: News

DepartmentHistoryFacilitiesDiversitySpotlightEmploymentFaculty AwardsStaff AwardsGraduationVisit NEWSROOM Keith TownsendJun 19, 2017 Dr. Keith Townsend and Dr. Greg Byrd were each recently honored with significant teaching awards by NC Stat …


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