Dr. John Copeland
- Ph.D. Physics, Georgia
Institute of Technology, 1965
- M.S. Physics, Georgia
Institute of Technology, 1963
- B.S. Physics, Georgia Institute of
Prof. John A. Copeland holds the John H. Weitnauer, Jr., Chair in
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute
Technology, and is a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar. He is
Director of the Communications
Center (CSC). This center is doing research on high-speed optical
networks that use Asynchronus Transfer Mode (ATM) switches to carry
Protocol data, high-quality video conferencing, and other
applications. Dr. Copeland chairs a sub-committee of the Governor’s
Technology Policy Council that does strategic planning for the
of Georgia’s next digital communications network. He also serves on the
that is preparing a report on the Future of Research in the Information
He served as Director of the Georgia Center for Advanced
1993 to Nov. 1996. As Director, Dr. Copeland had broad responsibilities
for the organizational, programmatic, and financial development of
In that period, GCATT managed a Georgia Research Alliance program that
approximately $20,000,000 to six Georgia research universities. It was
$24,000,000 by the State of Georgia and $5,000,000 by private and
sources for a 150,000 sq. ft. building which was completed in June 1996.
Prior to joining Georgia Tech in March 1993, Dr. Copeland was Vice
Technology at Hayes Microcomputer Products
(1985-1993), and Vice President, Engineering Technology at Sangamo
Inc. (1982-1985) and served at Bell Labs
He began his career at Bell Labs conducting research on
microwave and millimeter-wave devices. Later, he supervised a group
developed magnetic bubble computer memories. In 1974, he led a team
designed CMOS integrated circuits, including Bell Labs’ first
the BELLMAC-8. His last contributions at Bell Labs were in the area of
communications and optical logic. At Sangamo Weston he was responsible
R&D groups at ten divisions. At Hayes was responsible for the
of modems with data compression and error control, and for Hayes’
on CCITT and ANSI
standards committees. In 2000 he invented the StealthWatch system for
network security monitoring, and founded LANcope, Inc. which today has
deployed StealthWatch on over 100 corporate, government, and defense
Dr. Copeland received B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics
from the Georgia
Institute of Technology.
He has been awarded 41 patents and has published over 50 technical
In 1970 he was awarded IEEE‘s
N. Liebmann Award for his work on gallium arsenide microwave devices.
is a Fellow of the IEEE and has served that organization as the Editor
the IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices. He served on the Board of
for the Georgia Tech Research Corporation (1983-1993).
Honors and Awards
Ferst Award for Graduate Student Research at Georgia Tech, 1965.
IEEE Solid State Circuits Conference Best Paper Award, 1967.
IEEE Morris Liebmann Award for LSA MM-Wave Oscillator, 1972.
IEEE Fellow for optically-coupled semiconductor logic circuits, 1987.
John H. Weitnauer Chair at Georgia Tech, 1993.