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About ComSoc

This award is present annually by the IEEE Communications Society and The Korean Institute of Communications and Information Sciences (KICS) for exemplary and distinguished service in globalization.

Plaque, certificate, and an honorarium of US$2,000 and up to US$1,500 for travel to receive the award.

Recipient must be a member of ComSoc or KICS at the time of nomination.

Basis for Judging
Outstanding and long-term service fostering and advancing globalization within the communications arena.

Nomination/Selection Process
ComSoc Awards Committee will handle the evaluation and selection process. Nominations will be solicited each year, up to the nominations deadline decided by the Awards Committee.

The award will be presented annually (as appropriate) by the presidents of both societies during IEEE GLOBECOM. The award will not be conferred in any given year if a suitable candidate is not identified.

Administration and Funding
KICS will provide the honorarium and partial travel support; ComSoc will provide the plaque and certificate.

Nominations due 1 September unless otherwise noted.

2017 Award Recipient


Byeong Gi Lee
Byeong Gi Lee, Seoul National University

Byeong Gi Lee was awarded the 2017 IEEE ComSoc/KICS Exemplary Global Service Award for the promotion of global culture and values in the IEEE Communication Society activities and governance.

Byeong Gi Lee received a B.S. degree from Seoul National University (SNU) and a Ph.D. degree from UCLA. He worked for Granger Associates and AT&T Bell Laboratories before joining the faculty of Seoul National University, where he served as the Vice Chancellor for Research Affairs and the Director of the Institute of New Media and Communications. He served as the President of Korea Information and Communications Society (KICS), President of Korea Society for Engineering Education (KSEE), Vice President of the Accreditation Board of Engineering Education of Korea (ABEEK), and the founding President of the Citizen’s Coalition for Scientific Society (CCSS).

He served as a Commissioner of Korea Communications Commission (KCC) and the President of the IEEE Communications Society. He published seven textbooks in English, including Broadband Wireless Access and Local Networks: Mobile WiMAX & WiFi (Artech House, 2008), and received several awards including the 1984 Myril B. Reed Best Paper Award, the 2001 National Academy of Science of Korea Award, the 2005 Kyung-am Academic Award, the Order of Service Merit with Yellow Stripe from Korean Government in 2012, and the 2013 Donald W. McLellan Meritorious Service Award.

He is a Professor Emeritus of SNU, a member of National Academy of Sciences (NAS) of Korea, a member of the National Academy of Engineering of Korea (NAEK), a member of Sigma Xi, and a Fellow of the IEEE.


2015-2016 - No Award
2014 - Lin-shan Lee
2012-2013 - No Award
2011 - J. Roberto Boisson de Marca

2010 - Roberto Saracco
2009 - Tomonori Aoyama
2008 - Maurizio Decina
2007 - Stephen B. Weinstein