On March 19, in Philadelphia, at the Opening Ceremonies for the 2005 International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP), Louis Scharf, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Statistics at Colorado State University, received the Society Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society. This lifetime achievement award, the Society's highest accolade, recognizes those who have made important technical and professional contributions to the Society over a number of years.
In 1995, Scharf received the Society's Technical Achievement Award for his contributions to the theory and practice of statistical signal processing, and in 1994 he was a Distinguished Lecturer for the Society. He was Technical Program Chair for the 1980 ICASSP, hosted for the first time ever in the Rocky Mountain West. In 2000, Scharf received an IEEE Millennium Medal for his contributions to the electrical and electronics engineering profession.
At CSU, Scharf teaches courses in signals, systems, and communications, and guides the signal processing research of PhD students, post-doctoral students, and visiting researchers. Since returning to CSU in 2001, Scharf has hosted two dozen speakers and visiting researchers to the CSU campus.