School of Engineering

Todor Cooklev, Ph.D.

Professor of Electrical Engineering

Discipline: Wireless Data Communications
Office: SCI 168
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Todor Cooklev


  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 1995


T. Cooklev has been with San Francisco State University since August 2002 as an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering.

Prior to joining SFSU he spent several years working in industry, working at Aware of Bedford, MA. At Aware he worked on DSL technology at the International Telecommunications Union, Study Group 15. He also worked on wireless communications technology as a voting member of IEEE 802.15 and 802.11 Working Groups. He was one of the founders of 802.15.3, devoted to high-rate wireless personal area networking. He has made significant contributions to Bluetooth, 802.15.1, 802.15.2, 802.15.3, and 802.11, influencing the development of the wireless communications industry.

Before joining Aware T. Cooklev worked at 3Com Corporation. He received the 3Com Inventor Award for his contributions to 3Com's intellectual property in the area of communications technology.

As a consultant T. Cooklev has significant experience in technology and business development in communications and video signal processing. He has done consulting work for the Canadian government, Quantronix, Inc. of Farmington, UT, Black, Inc, Lezak Brook Group, and the high-tech consulting start-up 422 Video. He has also consulted for venture capitalists in connection with investments in high-tech companies. T. Cooklev gives seminars and short courses to industry. He has given several invited talks in North America, Japan, and Europe.

He received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan in 1995. He was a recipient of a NATO Science Fellowship Award during 1995-1997.

T. Cooklev has published over 20 journal papers and over 30 conference papers in the areas of digital signal processing, audio and video compression, fast algorithms, and wireless communications. For one of his papers he received the Best Paper Award at the 1994 IEEE Asia-Pacific Conference on Circuits and Systems, Taipei, Taiwan. He is the inventor on 5 issued and about 12 pending patents in the United States.

He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and the IEEE Standards Association. T. Cooklev has served the IEEE in various capacities. At present he is a member of the Executive Committee of the Oakland/East Bay Chapter of the IEEE Communications Society.

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