Gregory J. Pottie was born in Wilmington DE and raised in Ottawa, Canada. He received his B.Sc. in Engineering Physics from Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario in 1984, and his M.Eng. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, in 1985 and 1988 respectively. From 1989 to 1991 he worked in the transmission research department of Motorola/Codex in Canton MA, with projects related to voice band modems and digital subscriber lines. Since 1991 he has been a faculty member of the UCLA Electrical Engineering Department, serving in vice-chair roles from 1999-2003. From 2003-2009 he was the Associate Dean for Research and Physical Resources of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, and from 2002-2012 he was deputy director of the NSF funded Center for Embedded Networked Sensing. He has been the faculty advisor to the HSSEAS Tech Camp since 2012, in which undergraduates mentor high school students in engineering design.
His current research focus is on modeling, inference, and experimental design in sensor networks with application to wireless health. From 1997 to 1999 he was secretary to the board of governors for the IEEE Information Theory Society. In 1998 he received the Allied Signal Award for outstanding faculty research for UCLA engineering. In 2005 he became a Fellow of the IEEE for contributions to the modeling and applications of sensor networks. In 2009 he received a Fulbright Senior Scholar award. Dr. Pottie is a member of the Bruin Master's Swim Club (butterfly) and the St. Alban's Choir (2nd bass).