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David G. M. Mitchell received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, in 2009. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the New Mexico State University, USA. He previously held Visiting Assistant Professor and Post-Doctoral Research Associate positions in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, USA. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and his research interests are in the area of digital communications, with emphasis on error control coding and information theory. Dr. Mitchell has published over 40 peer-reviewed IEEE journal and conference articles gathering more than 600 international citations. His work “A Puncturing Algorithm for Rate-Compatible LDPC Convolutional Codes” won a best paper award in 2012.

Fully Funded Research Assistant Positions available

I am currently looking for a good, motivated student to work on the project “Coding for 5G and beyond” - please see here and enquire for details.

Recent News

  • 03/05/18: Congratulations to M.Sc. student Matthew Grimes for passing his thesis defense. Great job Matt! He has accepted a job offer at TRAX International.
  • 02/11/18: Traveling to San Diego, CA, to present our papers "Joint source-channel coding with concatenated spatially coupled LDPC codes" and "On decoding error propagation for braided convolutional codes" at the 2018 Information Theory and Applications Workshop.
  • 01/08/18: Traveling to Las Vegas, NV, with M.Sc. student Matthew Grimes to present our paper “Design of Nested Protograph-Based LDPC Codes with Low Error-Floors” at the 2018 IEEE Annual Computing and Communication Workshop and Conference.
  • 12/18/17: Our new paper “Continuous Transmission of Spatially Coupled LDPC Code Chains” has been published in the latest IEEE Transactions on Communications.
  • 12/01/17: Delighted to receive IMPACT funding from New Mexico State University for the two year project "RC-UDP: On Raptor Coding Over UDP For Reliable Communication in High-Bandwidth Networks."
  • 11/12/17: Nice write-up in the Las Cruces Sun-News about my research!



  • 10/10/17: Welcome to new Ph.D. student Yinfang (Vivian) Liu! Vivian is visiting from the University of Carlos III, Madrid for 6 months.
  • 09/15/17: Our new paper “Braided Convolutional Codes with Sliding Window Decoding” has been published in the latest IEEE Transactions on Communications.
  • 09/06/17: Delighted to receive funding from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for the one year project “Hybrid UWB/Optical Communications for Distributed Space Systems.”
  • 08/26/17: Had a great day representing NMSU with students from the College of Engineering at the 3rd Annual Las Cruces Touch-a-Truck event. We had fun explaining our research projects and got lots of good questions from future generations of engineers! Thanks to Jesus, Arezoo, Nathan, and Douglas for your engaging and enthusiastic explanations.



  • 07/17/17: Delighted to receive funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the three year project "Coding for 5G and Beyond: Limits and Efficient Algorithms." The proposed research promises to provide a significant transformative impact on many critical applications employing reliable networked wireless communication, for example in the fields of healthcare, environmental monitoring, finance, and so on.
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