Paul Min

Paul Min

Senior Professor

Electrical & Systems Engineering

  • Office
    Academy Building, Room 218A


PhD, University of Michigan, 1987
MS, University of Michigan, 1984
BS, University of Michigan, 1982


Professor Min is an internationally recognized expert in the field of high speed communication and computing, and the development of semiconductor devices for the related applications. Professor Min joined Washington University in St. Louis in 1990.

Before joining Washington University, Professor Min spent three years at Bellcore (now Telcordia Technologies, Inc.), where he was a lead systems engineer for the Bell Operating Companies in transitioning away from their voice centric networks at the time of the AT&T divesture, into multi-services capable networks suited for the Internet era. He received an Outstanding Achievement Award for his contributions by Bellcore in 1989.

After coming to Washington University, Professor Min helped the development of a communication, computer, and electronics curricula in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. He regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, and supervises students to conduct research in these areas.

Professor Min designed one of the earliest nationwide, commercial-scale, code division multiple access, or CDMA, networks after winning a cellular communication license from the Korean Government through a highly competitive selection process. Professor Min was the leading author of the technical blueprint for this wireless cellular network. Since then, he has been continuously researching in 3G UMTS / 4G LTE / 5G IoT wireless networks as well as various generations of WiFi technology.

Professor Min has collaborated and consulted with numerous companies and organizations around the world, and served as an adviser for several national governments. Professor Min also founded and managed two start-up companies during 1997 - 2008. One of the commercial products he developed in his companies received a best product award in 2002 from a major trade journal for the Internet industry.

Professor Min is a recipient of the Best Paper Award at MOBILITY 2011 in October 2011 in Barcelona, Spain, and a recipient of the Best Paper Award at 18th ISATA Award of Technical Excellence in 1988 in Florence, Italy. He received a Research Initiation Award in 1993 from the Defence Advance Research Project Agency (DARPA). He was a Rockwell Fellow in 1988 and 1989. In addition, Professor Min was the recipient of the Best Teaching Assistant Award the Best Graduate Student Award at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Professor Min was a member of the Presidential Business Advisors Committee (to President George W. Bush), and was named 2002 Businessman of the Year, for Missouri, by the Wall Street Journal for his entrepreneurial effort. He has served as an Ambassador for the McDonnell International Scholars Academy (2007-2013).

Professor Min has served as the Chair of the Saint Louis Section of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) (2014), and served as a member of the Executive Committee (2011-2015) and the Chair of the Communication Society for the Saint Louis Section of the IEEE for a number of years. Professor Min has been an organizer for several international symposiums, a guest editor of international journals, and has given a number of invited talks. Professor Min holds 10 U.S. patents.


Professor Min's research area includes switching, routing, performance control and security in the communication networks. For example, Professor Min and his students invented and implemented several methods of high performance switching, including multi-channel switches that alleviate the speed and performance constraints of electronic switches. The pattern matching engines that his research group developed are used for processing complex instructions embedded in communication packets at billions of packets per second. The content search engine that his research group developed has been incorporated into numerous cybersecurity systems in active networks and is being developed for machine learning and data mining for various applications including cybersecurity and the Internet of Things (IoT).

In addition, Professor Min is actively involved in the development of virtualized cluster computing networks. Professor Min developed algorithms to control code downloading from the network servers to the end-user units. Based on these algorithms, applications running on the smartphones and portable devices can run much faster without consuming excessive battery powers. By quantifying the information related to the usage patterns, a large amount of user data can be stored, which can help improve the mobile application significantly.

Professor Min also focuses on future generations of wireless technology. Professor Min has developed methods that enable coordinated transmission and reception of wireless signals among multiple base stations. Previously, radio signals from multiple base stations are considered as interference. Leveraging on the results achieved by Professor Min, a cluster of base stations can work together as a single resource enhancing the quality of radio signals across extremely noisy wireless channels. This research is critical in accommodating the next generation of the Internet and wireless networks, which integrates numerous Internet of Things (IoT) as part of the intelligent networks.

Professor Min has developed and implemented a number of semiconductor integrated circuit chips. These integrated circuit chips include switch fabrics, processors, high speed interfaces, protocol transposers, controllers, and memory cells and arrays.