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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.

2019 Award Recipient

"For over twenty years of sustained and outstanding contribution to ComSoc member services and global activities."

Stefano Bregni
Stefano Bregni

Prof. Stefano Bregni (M'93-SM'99) is with Politecnico di Milano, Italy. He graduated in Electronics Engineering (1990). After nine years in Industry, he joined Politecnico in 1999. He contributed to ETSI/ITU-T Standards. He is author of 90+ papers and of a recognized book on network synchronization (Wiley, 2002).

As ComSoc volunteer, he holds or has held the following leadership positions: Vice-President for Conferences (2018–2019), Vice-President for Member and Global Activities (2014-2015, 2016-2017), Board of Governors Member-at-Large (2010–2013), Director Education (2008-2009, 2010-2011), GITC member (2006–2009), Chair of the Transmission, Access and Optical Systems (TAOS) Technical Committee (2008–2009). He is member of the IEEE Conferences Committee (2019-2021). He served as IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer for 7 years (2003–2009). He is Editor-in-Chief of Global Communications Newsletter (since 2007) and Associate Editor of IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials.

He is Steering Committee Chair of IEEE LATINCOM. He is IEEE ICC 2023 Executive Co-Chair. He was IEEE ICC 2016 Technical Program Co-Chair, IEEE GLOBECOM 2012 and IEEE GLOBECOM 2009 Technical Program Vice-Chair, IEEE LATINCOM 2011 Technical Program Co-Chair, Symposium Co-Chair in nine other IEEE ICC/GLOBECOM conferences. He received the IEEE ComSoc Hal Sobol Award for Exemplary Service to Meetings & Conferences in 2014 and the IEEE ComSoc IEEE ComSoc/KICS Exemplary Global Service Award in 2019.


2018 - No Award
2017 - Byeong Gi Lee
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