Michael Marcus

Principal Research Scientist,  Electrical and Computer Engineering


Research Focus

Spectrum policy to encourage technical innovation Terahertz spectrum technology and spectrum policy technology for spectrum monitoring and spectrum enforcement


Michael J. Marcus is a principal research scientist, Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things, an adjunct professor of ECE at Northeastern University, and director of Marcus Spectrum Solutions. He retired from the Federal Communications Commission in 2004 after nearly 25 years in senior spectrum policy positions. While at FCC, he proposed and directed the policy developments that resulted in the bands used by Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and licensed and unlicensed millimeter-wave systems above 59 GHz. He was an exchange visitor from FCC to the Japanese spectrum regulator (now MIC), and has been a consultant to the European Commission and the Singapore regulator (now IMDA). During 2012–2013, he was Chair of the IEEE-USA Committee on Communication Policy and is now its Vice Chair for Spectrum Policy. In 2013, he was awarded the IEEE ComSoc Award for Public Service in the Field of Telecommunications β€œfor pioneering spectrum policy initiatives that created modern unlicensed spectrum bands for applications that have changed our world.” He received S.B. and Sc.D. degrees in electrical engineering from MIT.

Research Overview

Spectrum policy to encourage technical innovation Terahertz spectrum technology and spectrum policy technology for spectrum monitoring and spectrum enforcement

Some Key Publications

(Detailed list of publications at https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4521-9079)

Michael J. Marcus, Current ITU-R Study Group Issues of Likely Interest to Wireless Researchers, IEEE Wireless Communications Year: 2020 | Volume: 27, Issue: 2 |

Michael Marcus, Progress in Opening Access to Spectrum above 100 GHz, IEEE Wireless Communications, Volume: 26, Issue: 2 (April 2019)

Michael Marcus, The Growing Visual Impact of Wireless Antennas in the Urban Landscape: Strategies for Coexistence, IEEE Wireless Communications, Volume: 25, Issue: 1 (February 2018)

Michael Marcus, Research/Thesis Ideas of interest to Spectrum Policy, IEEE Wireless Communications, Volume: 24, Issue: 4 (August 2017)
Michael Marcus, Harmful Interference and Its Role in Spectrum Policy, Proceedings of the IEEE, 2014-03
Michael Marcus, Which uses the most spectrum: transmitters or receivers?, IEEE Wireless Communications, 2013-08

Michael Marcus, CR: Cooperative Radio or Confrontational Radio, Proc. 2007 2nd IEEE International Symposium on New Frontiers in Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks,

Michael Marcus, The theory of connecting networks and their complexity: A review, Proceedings of the IEEE, 1977


Dec 07, 2023

2023 Stanford University Annual Assessment of Author Citations

The following COE professors are among the top scientists worldwide selected by Stanford University representing the top 2% of the most-cited scientists with single-year impact in various disciplines. The selection is based on the top 100,000 by c-score (with and without self-citations) or a percentile rank of 2% or above. The list below includes those […]


Sep 20, 2023

Reshaping Spectrum Sharing Above 100 GHz

ECE Professors Josep Jornet (PI), Tommaso Melodia, Principal Research Scientists Michele Polese, Michael Marcus, and Associate Research Scientist Vitaly Petrov, in collaboration with Steven Reising from Colorado State University, was awarded a $750,000 NSF grant for “DASS: Dynamically Adjustable Spectrum Sharing between Ground Communication Networks and Earth Exploration Satellite Systems Above 100 GHz.”

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