Sergio Verdú received the telecommunications engineering degree from the Universitat Politènica de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, in 1980, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, in 1984.Since 1984, he has been a member of the faculty of Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, where he is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering.
Dr. Verdú is the recipient of the 2007 Claude E. Shannon Award and the 2008 IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and was awarded a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the Universitat Politènica de Catalunya in 2005. He is a recipient of several paper awards from the IEEE: the 1992 Donald Fink Paper Award, the 1998 Information Theory Outstanding Paper Award, an Information Theory Golden Jubilee Paper Award, the 2002 Leonard Abraham Prize Award, the 2006 Joint Communications/Information Theory Paper Award, and the 2009 Stephen O. Rice Prize from the IEEE Communications Society.
He has also received paper awards from the Japanese Telecommunications Advancement Foundation and from Eurasip. He received the 2000 Frederick E. Terman Award from the American Society for Engineering Education for his book Multiuser Detection. He served as President of the IEEE Information Theory Society in 1997 and is currently Editor-in-Chief of Foundations and Trends in Communications and Information Theory.