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

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

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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).

Nominations due 1 September unless otherwise noted.


2021 Award Recipient

Mohamed-Slim Alouini

For sustained and diverse contributions to undergraduate and graduate teaching, education, supervision, and mentoring in communication

Mohamed-Slim Alouini
Mohamed-Slim Alouini, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

Mohamed-Slim Alouini, born in Tunis, Tunisia, received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 1998. He is currently a Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Makkah Province, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Optica (formerly the Optical Society of America) and he is a member of the African Academy of Science (AAS), the European Academy of Science and Arts (EASA), and the Academia Europaea (AE).

Prof. Alouini is currently particularly interested in addressing the technical challenges associated with the uneven distribution, access to, and use of information and communication technologies in far-flung, rural, low-density populations, low-income, and/or hard-to-reach areas.

He has won several awards in his career including the 2020 Kuwait Prize in Applied Sciences, the 2020 IEEE Vehicular Technology Society James Evans Avant-Garde Award, the 2019 Technical Achievement Award of the IEEE Communication Society Communication Theory Technical Committee, the 2016 Recognition Award of the IEEE Communication Society Wireless Technical Committee, and the 2016 Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Arab Researchers in Engineering Sciences.


2020 - Zhi Ding
2019 - Georgios B. Giannakis
2018 - Lajos Hanzo

2017 - Xuemin (Sherman) Shen
2016 - Michele Zorzi
2015 - Tarek S. El-Bawab