A. Michael Noll has a BSEE from Newark College of Engineering (now known as New Jersey Institute of Technology), an MEE from New York University and a PhD in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn.
Before joining the Annenberg School for Communication, 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, such as teleconferencing and videotex.
He was director of technology research and a senior affiliated research fellow at the Columbia Institute for Tele-information at Columbia University’s Business School. He 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.
In the early 1970s, 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.
From 1992 to 1994, Noll was dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication for an interim period. During this time he formulated a broader vision of communication that resulted in a merger of USC academic units that study communication. He joined the faculty of the Annenberg School as a professor of communications in 1984 and became emeritus in 2006.
Awards and honors:
Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer, Honorable Mention (1970).
New Jersey Institute of Technology Distinguished Alumni Medal for Outstanding Achievement (1994).
Newark College of Engineering Hall of Fame (2019).
Bell Labs Memoirs: Voices of Innovation, co-editor (IEEE History Center, Amazon, 2011).
The Evolution of Media, author (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2007).
Crisis Communications: Lessons from September 11, author (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2003).
Principles of Modern Communications Technology, author (Artech House, Inc., 2001).