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With the “Viterbi algorithm,” electrical engineer Andrew Viterbi created a groundbreaking mathematical formula for eliminating signal interference, allowing for effective cellular communication, digital satellite broadcast receivers, and deep space telemetry. He went on to co-found Linkabit Corporation, Qualcomm Corporation, and other companies. He also pioneered new technologies including CDMA, an advanced transmission technology for cellular phones. Currently, Viterbi serves as president of the Viterbi Group, which invests in early stage companies, and he teaches at the Viterbi School of Engineering at USC. He is the recipient of many awards, including the National Medal of Science, in 2008.