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About ComSoc

Prize
Plaque, certificate, and honorarium of US$1,000.

Description
Recognizes distinguished and significant contributions to education within the Society’s technical scope.

Eligibility
An IEEE Communications Society member at the time of the nomination who is an educator and also made distinguished and substantial contributions to education within the fields of interest of ComSoc. 

Frequency
Annually.  The award may not be presented if a suitable candidate has not been nominated.

Basis for Judging
Nominees shall be judged by a career of meritorious achievement as exemplified by the writing of scholarly books and texts, course materials, and papers on education; inspirational and innovative teaching; and creativity in the development of new curricula and methodology.

Nominee Solicitation and Selection Process

Nominations will be solicited each year, up to the nominations deadline decided by the Awards Committee. Nominations will be openly solicited. 

All nominations shall be submitted to the IEEE Communications Society Awards Committee for final selection. The selection process shall comply with procedures and regulations established in IEEE and ComSoc governing documents, in particular with IEEE Policy 4.4 on Award Limitations.

Schedule
Nominations will be solicited from June until 1 September unless otherwise noted via an open call on the ComSoc website. Nominations must then be submitted via the nomination form posted on the ComSoc website. Recipients will be notified by 15 October.

Presentation  
The award will be presented annually by the IEEE Communications Society Awards Committee Chair, in the name of the IEEE Communications Society at IEEE GLOBECOM. 

Publicity
The award will be publicized on the ComSoc website, magazine, newsletter, and Awards Luncheon brochure.

Administration and Funding  
The IEEE Communications Society will administer the award. Funding will be covered by the annual Society operating budget unless a suitable endowment is established. The Society's budget includes the amount of this award and the Society budget is net positive with the inclusion of the award.

Award Committee
The IEEE Communications Society Awards Committee will be responsible for the final selection. The committee consists of a chair (appointed by the President for a two-year term) and at least 12 members (appointed by the chair for a three-year term).

Deadline
Nominations due 1 September unless otherwise noted.

 

2020 Award Recipient

For outstanding contributions to education and mentorship for the advancement of telecommunication engineering

Zhi Ding, University of California, Davis
Zhi Ding, University of California, Davis

Dr. Zhi Ding (S'88-M'90-SM'95-F'03, IEEE) holds the position of Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Davis. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in 1990. From 1990 to 2000, he was a faculty member of Auburn University and later, University of Iowa. Prof. Ding has held visiting positions in Australian National University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, NASA Lewis Research Center and USAF Wright Laboratory. His major research interests lie in the general field of signal processing and communications. Prof. Ding has active collaboration with researchers from many universities around the globe. He has coauthored over 400 technical papers and two books. Dr. Ding is a coauthor of the text: Modern Digital and Analog Communication Systems, 4th edition and 5th edition, Oxford University Press.

Dr. Ding is a Fellow of IEEE and has been an active member of IEEE, serving on technical programs of several workshops and conferences. He served both as a Member and also the Chair of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications Steering Committee from 2007-2001. Dr. Ding was the Technical Program Chair of the 2006 IEEE Globecom and the General Chair of the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP). He served as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer (Circuits and Systems Society, 2004-06, Communications Society, 2008-09). He is the recipient of the 2012 Wireless Communications Recognition Award from the IEEE Communications Society.  He currently also serves as the Chief Information Officer and the Chief Marketing Officer of the IEEE Communications Society.

PAST AWARD RECIPIENTS

2019 - Georgios B. Giannakis
2018 - Lajos Hanzo
2017 - Xuemin (Sherman) Shen

2016 - Michele Zorzi
2015 - Tarek S. El-Bawab