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About ComSoc

Certificate, plaque, and an honorarium of US$1,000.

Basis for Judging
Exemplary service to the IEEE Communications Society meetings and conferences over a sustained period of time.

Annually (as appropriate)

Nominations due 1 September unless otherwise noted.

2018 Award Recipient

“For outstanding conference services as Technical Program Chair for IEEE GLOBECOM 2016, 2007, IEEE INFOCOM 2014, and IEEE ICC 2010 Symposia Chair.”

Xuemin (Sherman) Shen
Xuemin (Sherman) Shen, University of Waterloo

Dr. Xuemin (Sherman) Shen was awarded the IEEE Communications Society Education Award for inspirational graduate student mentoring, research guidance, and teaching in wireless communication networks.

Dr. Shen is a University Professor and the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Canada. He has demonstrated excellence in mentoring future generations of researchers and engineers with truly exceptional accomplishments. Under his supervision, 57 Ph.D. students and 51 MASc students have graduated, and 28 of them are faculty members in universities around the world.

Currently, he is supervising 14 Ph.D. students and five postdoctoral fellows. He has been credited by his former and current students for inspiring and motivating them to conduct original research, to achieve their full potential, and to eventually excel as an independent researcher and expert in the related area. Dr. Shen received the Excellent Graduate Supervision Award in 2006 from the University of Waterloo for an outstanding graduate supervisor who is a mentor, advisor, role model, humanist, and strategist. He is a Fellow in many prestigious societies: IEEE, Engineering Institute of Canada, Canadian Academy of Engineering, and Royal Society of Canada.


2017 - Chengshan Xiao
2016 - Merrily W. Hartmann 
2015 - Mehmet Ulema
2014 - Stefano Bregni
2013 - Gerhard Fettweis 
2012 - Hikmet Sari
2011 - Khaled B. Letaief
2010 - Abbas Jamalipour
2009 - Heinrich Stüttgen
2008 - Roberto de Marca

2007 - Raouf Boutaba
2006 - Paul R. Hartmann
2005 - Jaafar M.H. Elmirghani 
2004 - No Award
2003 - Doug Lattner 
2002 - Douglas N. Zuckerman
2001 - Harvey A. Freeman
2000 - Ross C. Anderson