Dariush Divsalar received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from UCLA in 1978. Since then, he has been with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where he is a JPL Fellow and Senior Research Scientist. At JPL, he has been involved with developing state-of-the-art technology for advanced deep space communications systems and future NASA space exploration. He is also an adjunct professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at UCLA. Since 1986, he has taught graduate courses in communications, and coding at UCLA and Caltech. He has published more than 250 papers, coauthored a book entitled An Introduction to Trellis Coded Modulation with Applications, contributed to three other books, and holds 25 U.S. patents in the above areas. He was co-recipient of the 1988 paper award of the IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. He was also co-recipient of the joint paper award of the IEEE Information Theory and IEEE Communication Theory societies in 2008. The IEEE Communication Society has selected one of his papers for inclusion in a book entitled The Best of the Best: Fifty Years of Communications and Networking Research, containing the best 56 key research papers ever published in the Society’s 50-year history. He has received over 50 NASA Tech Brief awards and a NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal in 1996. He served as an Area Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications from 1989 to 1996. He became a Fellow of IEEE in 1997 for contributions to the analysis and design of coding and modulation techniques for satellite, mobile, and deep-space communication systems. He is the 2014 recipient of the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal.