A. Michael Noll
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Professor Emeritus



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A. Michael Noll


Information and Communication Technologies
Interpersonal Communication
New Media

A. Michael Noll is a professor emeritus at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California. He has published over ninety professional papers, has been granted six patents, and is the author of ten books on various aspects of telecommunications. Prof. Noll was dean of the Annenberg School for an interim period from 1992 to 1994, during which time he formulated a broader vision of communication that resulted in a merger of academic units at USC that study communication. He was Director of Technology Research and is a Senior Affiliated Research Fellow at the Columbia Institute for Tele-information at Columbia University's Business School. He is a Research Assocaite of the Quello Center at Michigan State University, was affiliated with the Media Center at New York Law School, was a senior advisor to the Marconi Society, and was an adjunct faculty member of the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

Prof. Noll is a regular contributor of opinion and column pieces to newspapers and trade magazines with over 150 published thus far and was quoted frequently about telecommunications and the telecommunication industry by the media. In his books and pieces, he attempts to demystify and simplify technology, eliminate hyperbole, and emphasize historical perspectives.

Before joining the Annenberg School, Prof. Noll had a varied career in basic research, telecommunication marketing, and science policy. He worked in the AT&T Consumer Products and Marketing Department where he performed technical evaluations and identified opportunities for new products and services. Prof. Noll spent nearly fifteen years performing basic research at Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey in such areas as the effects of media on interpersonal communication, three-dimensional computer graphics, human-machine tactile communication, speech signal processing, and aesthetics. He is one of the earliest pioneers in the use of digital computers in the visual arts. In the early 1970s, Prof. Noll was on the staff of the President's Science Advisor at the White House and was involved with such issues as computer security and privacy, computer exports, scientific and technical information, and educational technology.

Prof. Noll has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, an M.E.E. from New York University, and a B.S.E.E. from Newark College of Engineering. Eta Kappa Nu, the electrical-engineering honor society, awarded him Honorable Mention as an Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer in 1970.

To find out more about A. Michael Noll, visit http://noll.uscannenberg.org/