Stark Draper cooks up the math that makes your mobile phone work. His other recipes make your computer more energy-efficient and store your personal biometric data more securely. He has held academic, industrial and consulting roles with Arraycomm Inc., a telecommunications start-up in California, the Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs (MERL), UC Berkeley and UW-Madison. He leads his research team in collaborations with 3M, Bell Labs, Disney Research, Facebook, HP Labs, IBM, and Mitsubishi Electric, among others.  His is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto and until 2013 was an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His research interests and activities include information theory, coding theory, statistical signal processing, security, and application of these fields to computer architecture.


Ph.D. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT

B.S. Electrical Engineering, Stanford

B.A. History, Stanford


NSERC Discovery Grant

Canadian Foundation for Innovation: Leadership Opportunities Fund


2010 Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL) President’s Award

Teaching Awards: UofT ECE Departmental Award, UW ECE Gerald Holdridge Award, MIT EECS Carlton E. Tucker Award

Post-doctoral fellowships: UofT, UC Berkeley

Graduate fellowships: Intel Graduate Fellowship,  C.S. Draper Lab Graduate Fellowship

U.S. State Department Fulbright Fellowship

Sigma Xi, Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi

Stanford Frederick E. Terman Award in Engineering

Stanford James Weter Prize in History — best undergraduate history thesis for "The Conceptualization of an Albanian Nation," Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol. 20, no. 1, Jan 1997

Participation & Position
Contact Information

University of Toronto

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

10 King's College Road

Toronto, ON 

M5S 3G4


tel: +001.416.978.0503


Research interests
Coding theory