Maite Brandt-Pearce

Professor and Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Thornton Hall - A124
351 McCormick Road
PO Box 400743
Charlottesville, VA 22904-1000

Phone: (434) 924-1470
FAX: (434) 924-8818

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Dr. Brandt-Pearce's research interests lie in the mathematical and numerical description and optimization of communication systems with multiple simultaneously components from different sources. This interest has found applications in a variety of research projects including spread-spectrum multiple-access schemes, multiuser demodulation and detection, study of nonlinear effects on fiber-optic multiuser/ multichannel communications, optical networks subject to physical layer degradations, free-space optical multiuser communications, and radar signal processing and tracking of multiple targets.

Dr. Maïté Brandt-Pearce received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering, with a double major in Applied Mathematics, from Rice University in 1985. She completed an M.E.E. in 1989 and the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1993, both also from Rice University. She worked with Lockheed in support of NASA Johnson Space Center from 1985 until 1989. In 1993, Dr. Brandt-Pearce joined the Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Virginia, where she is currently a full Professor. In 2005 she spent her sabbatical at the Eurécom Institute in Sophia Antipolis, France.

Dr. Brandt-Pearce is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award, an NSF RIA, and an ORAU Junior Faculty Enhancement Award. She is a co-recipient of Best Paper Awards at the ICC 2006 Symposium on Optical Systems and Networks. She is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, and a senior member of the IEEE. She was an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications from 1999 to 2006. She has served on the technical program committee for numerous conferences and was the 2009 General Chair for the Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers. Dr. Brandt-Pearce currently has over 100 technical papers.


  • Cross-layer grooming, routing, and wavelength assignment in translucent optical networks (funded by NSF)
  • Multiuser/multichannel channel characterization and signal processing for WDM systems (funded by NSF)
  • Ultraviolet non-line-of-sight communications (funded by NSF)
  • Efficient resource allocation for cognitive radio systems (funded by NTNU)
  • Signal processing for high-gain cellular repeaters (funded by Andrew Corp.)