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About ComSoc

This award is named in honor of Edwin H. Armstrong, most notably the inventor and father of the complete FM radio system. He is responsible for the Regenerative Circuit, the Superheterodyne Circuit, and the Superregenerative Circuit. Armstrong’s inventions and development form the backbone of Radio Communications as we know it. A contemporary, in writing about Armstrong’s life and achievements, refers to him as the "Man of High Fidelity." His life is documented in a book justly called "Empire of the Air."

This award was first presented in 1958 as the Achievement Award. It was changed to its present title in 1975.

Certificate, plaque, and an honorarium of US$2,000.

Must be a member of the IEEE Communications Society.

Basis for Judging
Demonstrates outstanding contributions over a period of years in the field of interest of the Society.

Annually (as soon as possible after recommendation). The award may not be presented if a suitable candidate is not available.

Nominations due 1 September unless otherwise noted.


2022 Award Recipient

Khaled B. Letaief

For pioneering and sustained contributions to adaptive OFDMA and to wireless system design

Khaled B. Letaief, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)
Khaled B. Letaief, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

Dr. Letaief received the BS degree with distinction, MS and Ph.D. Degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, USA. 

He is an internationally recognized leader in wireless communications and networks with research interest in AI and machine learning, mobile cloud and edge computing, tactile Internet, and 6G systems.  He is a Member of the United States National Academy of Engineering, Fellow of IEEE, Fellow of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, and Member of the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences. He is also recognized by Thomson Reuters as an ISI Highly Cited Researcher and was listed among the 2020 top 30 of AI 2000 Internet of Things Most Influential Scholars.

He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the prestigious IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications.  He is also the recipient of many distinguished awards and honors including the 2021 IEEE Technical Committee on Cognitive Networks Recognition Award;  2019 Distinguished Research Excellence Award by HKUST School of Engineering (Highest research award and only one recipient/3 years is honored for his/her contributions); 2019 IEEE Communications Society and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award; 2018 IEEE Signal Processing Society Young Author Best Paper Award, 2016 IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award in Wireless Communications, and 201_0 Purdue University Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award_.

Dr. Letaief is well recognized for his dedicated service to professional societies and in particular IEEE where he has served in many leadership positions.  These include IEEE Communications Society President (2018-19), the world's leading organization for communications professionals with headquarter in New York City and members in 162 countries.  He is currently serving as an elected member of the IEEE Board of Directors.

Since 1993, he has been with HKUST where he has held many administrative positions, including Head of the Electronic and Computer Engineering department.  He also served as Dean of Engineering. Under his leadership, HKUST Engineering has reached new heights and was ranked #14 worldwide at the end of his term in 2015 according to QS World University Rankings.


2021 - Elza Erkip
2020 - Giuseppe Caire
2019 - Geoffrey Ye Li
2018 - Andreas F. Molisch
2017 - Muriel Medard
2016 - Moe Z. Win 
2015 - Theodore S. Rappaport
2014 - Andrea Goldsmith
2013 - John M. Cioffi 
2012 - 
Donald Cox
2011 - No Award
2010 - No Award
2009 - H. Vincent Poor
2008 - Sergio Benedetto
2007 - Norman C. Beaulieu
2006 - Larry J. Greenstein
2005 - No Award
2004 - Hussein Mouftah
2003 - Hikmet Sari
2002 - Michael B. Pursley
2001 - Ezio Biglieri
2000 - Laurence B. Milstein
1999 - Al Gross
1998 - Donald L. Schilling 
1997 - Marvin K. Simon
1996 - Joachim Hagenauer
1995 - Adam Lender
1994 - Mischa Schwartz 
1993 - Paul Schumate
1992 - Hisashi Kaneko
1991 - Burton R. Saltzberg
1990 - Jack K. Wolf
1989 - Paul E. Green, Jr. 

1988 - Jack M. Sipress
1987 - Paul Baran
1986 - Gottfried Ungerboeck
1985 - Robert Charles Terreault 
1984 - Bob O. Evans
1983 - No Award
1982 - Tadahiro Sekimoto
1981 - Robert Price
1980 - Frederick T. Andrews
1979 - Arthur A. Collins
1978 - Andre Pinet 
1977 - William H.C. Higgins
1976 - Walter B. Morrow
1975 - R.W. Lucky
1974 - Frank D. Reese
1973 - S.G. Lutz, C.E. Shannon
1972 - A.E. Joel, Jr.
1971 - A.C. Dickieson
1970 - R.K. Hellmann 
1969 - D.S. Rau
1968 - P.G. Edwards
1967 - J.Z. Millar
1966 - W.T. Rea
1965 - A.G. Kanoian
1964 - No Award
1963 - I.S. Coggeshall
1962 - A.G. Clavier
1961 - E.I. Green
1960 - No Award 
1959 - K. Bullington
1958 - H.H. Beverage