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About ComSoc

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

A Society member at time of nomination who has been involved with one or more of the Society’s publications (e.g., journals, magazines; print or electronic) for a sustained period of time and having made notable contributions in areas such as editing, publishing or otherwise facilitating their realization, quality, scope or visibility.

Basis for Judging
Exemplary service to IEEE Communications Society publications over a sustained period of time.

Annually (as appropriate)

Nominations due 1 September unless otherwise noted.

Joseph LoCicero
Joseph L. LoCicero

Joseph L. LoCicero was born on September 18, 1947 in the Borough of The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA. He received his academic training at the City College of New York (BSEE 1970 and MSEE 1971) and the City University of New York (Ph.D. 1977). He performed his doctoral thesis research under Donald L. Schilling. Upon receipt of his doctoral degree he joined Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) as a faculty member in what is now the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, where he served for over 30 years as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, and Motorola Chair Professor, as well as undertaking the position of Acting Chair of the ECE Department for two years. He was one of the co-founders of the Wireless Network and Communications (WiNCom) Research Center.While at IIT, Dr. LoCicero worked on problems in signal processing and communications, focusing particularly in the areas of speech processing, video systems, and wireless communications. He specialized in low bit rate voice, computer generated holography for photonic switching, pitch detection, automatic speech recognition, and nonlinear power amplifiers, among other research topics. 

He authored more than ninety technical articles, three book chapters, and co-edited Tutorial in Modern Communications and the IEEE Press Book Television Technology Today. Dr. LoCicero was advisor to many doctoral students and several students who received the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree under his guidance.

2022 Award Recipient

Octavia A. Dobre

For exceptional leadership as the founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Open Journal of the Communications Society and Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Communications Letters, and for exemplary service to the IEEE Communications Society’s publications

Octavia A. Dobre, Memorial University
Octavia A. Dobre, Memorial University

Octavia A Dobre (Fellow, IEEE) is a Professor and Research Chair at Memorial University, Canada. She was a Royal Society Scholar, a Fulbright Scholar, and Visiting Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research interests include technologies for beyond 5G, as well as optical and underwater communications. She published over 450 referred papers in these areas. Dr. Dobre serves as the Director of Journals of the Communications Society. She was the inaugural Editor-in-Chief (EiC) of the IEEE Open Journal of the Communications Society and the EiC of the IEEE Communications Letters, as well as senior editor/editor/guest editor for numerous journals and magazines. She was the Technical Committee/Tutorial/Awards Chair at flagship conferences, and the inaugural Chair of the IEEE ComSoc Women in Communications Engineering Standing Committee. Dr. Dobre received various honors, such as Best Paper Awards at leading conferences, and was elected as member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, and Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.


2021 - Jeffrey Andrews
2020 - Michele Zorzi
2019 - Dong In Kim
2018 - Robert Schober
2017 - Sarah Kate Wilson
2016 - Leonard J. Cimini Jr. 
2015 - Xuemin (Sherman) Shen
2014 - Chengshan Xiao
2013 - David Daut 
2012 - Nelson Fonseca
2011 - Vijay Bhargava
2010 - Larry Greenstein

2009 - Raouf Boutaba 
2008 - Andrzej Jajszczyk
2007 - Khaled Ben Letaief
2006 - James F. Kurose
2005 - Yeheskel (Zeke) Bar-Ness 
2004 - Desmond P. Taylor 
2003 - No Award
2002 - Curtis Siller
2001 - Bill Tranter
2000 - No Award
1999 - Joseph L. LoCicero
1998 - Paul Green