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ComSoc Appointed Officers


Treasurer - Bob Shapiro

Robert C. Shapiro, P.E. is an Independent Land Mobile Radio and Wireless Engineer and Consultant professional serving the Public Safety, Electric Utility, Energy, Transportation and Telecommunications industries based in Plano, Texas, USA. He serves on the TIA TR8.18 committee as the Vice Chair.

Additional IEEE volunteer leadership activities are Director Elect for Region 5, Board of Governor and Chair, Private Land Mobile Radio Committee for the Vehicular Technology Society and Vice Chair of the combined Dallas Communications and Vehicular Technology chapters.

His past IEEE leadership volunteer activities were Communications Society Board of Governor Member at Large, Director, North America and Marketing / Industry Relations and Dallas Chapter and Section Chair. Also served as Vice President Conferences for the Technology Management Council and Vice President, Mobile Radio for the Vehicular Technology Society and Region 5 South Area, Membership Chair and Secretary.

Robert holds an Associate of Electronics Engineering Technology, a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Business Administration and a Masters of Business Administration. He holds his Professional Engineering Certification Texas since 1990. He is a Fellow of the Radio Club of America and a Member of the IEEE since 1981 and Senior Member since 2003. He has over 30 articles published in industry magazines and in IEEE conferences as poster sessions.



Parliamentarian - Doug Zuckerman

An active IEEE member for 48 years, Dr. Zuckerman is currently the IEEE Division III Director-Elect, was 2008-2009 President of the IEEE Communications Society, and previously held all four Vice President and other officer positions on the Society’s Board of Governors. He received his B.S., M.S. and Eng.Sc.D degrees from Columbia University and is an IEEE Fellow. His professional experience, mainly at Bell Labs and Telcordia Technologies, USA, spans the operations, management and engineering of emerging networks and services. His work heavily influenced early standards for management of telecommunications networks. Presently semi-retired, he is still active in standards as Telcordia’s representative to the Optical Internetworking Forum. Much of his professional life has been dedicated to IEEE activities. His service resulted in the following honors: IEEE Third Millennium Medal, the Communications Society’s McLellan Award for meritorious service, its Conference Achievement Award, and the Salah Aidarous Memorial Award.



Chief Information Officer - Tao Zhang (acting)

Dr. Tao Zhang, an IEEE Fellow and Distinguished Engineer (Senior Director) in Cisco’s Corporate Strategy Group, joined Cisco in 2012 as the Chief Scientist for Smart Connected Vehicles and has since also been leading initiatives to develop strategies, architectures, technologies, and eco-systems for the Internet of Things and Fog Computing. For over 25 years, Tao has held various technical and executive positions directing and conducting research and product development in areas including vehicular networks, mobile ad-hoc networks, all-IP cellular networks (3G/4G), fiber optic networks, and financial trading systems. He has co-authored two books “Vehicle Safety Communications: Protocols, Security, and Privacy” (2012) and “IP-Based Next Generation Wireless Networks” (2004) published by John Wiley & Sons, holds over 50 U.S. patents, and has published over 70 peer-reviewed technical papers.

Tao was one of the initiators and a founding Board Director of the Open Fog Consortium, was a founding Board Director of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA), and has served on the industry advisory boards for several research organizations. He was the Chair of the IEEE Communications Society Technical Sub-Committee on Vehicular Networks and Telematics Applications from 2013 to 2015. He initiated and served on various leadership positions for the International Conference on Collaborative Computing (CollaborateCom). He is a founding steering committee member of the IEEE Symposium on Edge Computing (SEC) and the IEEE International Conference on Collaboration and Internet Computing (CIC). He has been serving on editorial boards or as a guest editor for multiple technical journals. Tao has been an adjunct professor at several universities.



Director - Journals - Khaled Letaief

Dr. Letaief received the B.S. with Distinction, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University, W-Lafayette, Indiana, USA in 1984, 1986, and 1990, respectively. He is currently a Chair Professor and Head of the ECE Department at HKUST and Director of the Hong Kong Telecom Institute of Information Technology. He is an IEEE Fellow, a ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer, and is the recipient of the 2007 Communications Society Publications Exemplary Service Award. He consulted and gave invited keynotes talks all over the world, and has published over 350 technical papers and 8 patents.

He served as volunteer in many positions including: elected member of the IEEE ComSoc Board of Governors; Founding Editor-in-Chief of the prestigious IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications; Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications - Wireless Series; Technical Program Co-Chair of ICCCAS’04; General Co-Chair of WCNC’07; Technical Program Co-Chair of ICC’08. Khaled was Chair of the Personal Communications Technical Committee; Chair of 2008 IEEE TA/MGA Visits Program; Chair of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications Steering Committee; and member of several IEEE committees (e.g., Recertification, Ontology, Technical Activity Council, Publications Board, Operating Committee, Fellow Evaluation Committee, and Asia-Pacific Board)



Director - Magazines - Raouf Boutaba

Raouf Boutaba received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from the University Pierre & Marie Curie, Paris, in 1990 and 1994, respectively. He is currently a professor of computer science at the University of Waterloo (Canada). His research interests include resource and service management in networks and distributed systems. He published extensively in these areas and holds several patents. He has received several best paper awards and other recognitions such as the Premier’s Research Excellence Award, two industry awards, the IEEE ComSoc Hal Sobol for Exemplary Service to Conferences, the Fred W. Ellersick prize, the Joe LociCero Publications Award, the Dan Stokesbury Award, the Salah Aidarous Awards, and the IEEE Canada McNaughton Gold Medal. He is a fellow of the IEEE, the Engineering Institute of Canada, and the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Raouf served ComSoc in many capacities: Chapter chair; Information Infrastructure committee chair; Autonomic Communications sub-committee founding chair; member of Meetings/Conferences Board; Director of Conference Publications; member of Education Board; Director of Related Societies, founding Director of Standards Board; member of On-line Content Board; founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management; Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, and other IEEE journals; ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer; Chair of IM/NOMS Steering Committee and General or Program Chair of several IEEE ComSoc conferences.

Conference Development

Director - Conference Development - Kazem Sohraby

Dr. Kazem Sohraby is professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, where he also served as head of that department. Prior to joining academia he was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories (AT&T and Lucent Technologies). He then served as Professor and Chair, Telecommunications Management interdisciplinary program at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, then Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of Wireless Networks and Systems Laboratory and professor and head of department of Computer Science and Computer Engineering at University of Arkansas. He earned his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the New York University (Polytechnic Division), MBA from Wharton University of Pennsylvania, M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), and B.S. with highest honors in Electrical Engineering from Amir Kabir University, Iran. He also had educational and professional training at MIT’s Sloan, the University of California Berkeley, and the George Washington University.

Dr. Sohraby has 22 granted patents and pending patent applications, has published two text books and over one hundred journal and conference articles. He served on the editorial boards of the IEEE and non-IEEE publications, advisory board member for the IEEE Journal of Internet of Things (IoT), chaired the IEEE Infocom conference in 2012 and 1996, and the IEEE Electro Information Technology Conference in 2013. He also served on several IEEE technical committees and as the Director of online content in the IEEE Communications Society. He is the recipient of recognition awards from the industry.


Director - Conference Operations - Min Song

Dr. Min Song served as Program Director with the NSF from October 2010 to October 2014 and is currently the Founding Director of Institute of Computing and Cybersystems, Dave House Professor and Department Chair of Computer Science, and Professor of Electrical and Computing Engineering at Michigan Tech. Through his outstanding contributions in promoting NSF's international engagement and leadership, Min received the prestigious NSF Director's award in 2012 for collaborative integration and the successful launch of groundbreaking international initiatives. Min’s research interests include design, analysis, and evaluation of wireless communication networks, network security, cyber physical systems, and mobile computing. During the past 15 years, Min has secured more than $3.4 million in research funding from NSF, DOE, NASA, and private Foundations, and published more than 160 technical papers. Min was the recipient of NSF CAREER award in 2007.

Min's professional career comprises 26 years in industry, academia, and government. Over the course of his career, Min has held various leadership positions and gained substantial experience in performing a wide range of duties and responsibilities. As an NSF Program Director in the Division of Computer and Network Systems, Min initiated three new programs, including the Wireless Innovation between Finland and US (WiFiUS) and the US-Japan Big Data and Disaster (BDD) research program, and managed 11 programs in the field of wireless communications and wireless networking. He provided oversight for hundreds of communications and networking research and educational projects with a total funding budget of over $80 million. Min launched and served as Editor-in-Chief of two international journals. He also served as Editor or Guest Editor of 14 international journals, and as General Chair, Technical Program Chair, and Panel Chair for many conferences, including General Chair of INFOCOM 2016 and TPC Vice-Chair of GLOBECOM 2015. Min is currently serving as the IEEE Communications Society Director of Conference Operation.


Director-Educational Services

Director - Education & Training - Rulei Ting

Rulei Ting has been with AT&T & Bell Labs in New Jersey USA for 20+ years, with responsibilities from Distinguished MTS to Senior Technical Director. He contributed to the successes of FT2000 that became an outstanding technology and industry success and delivered multi-billion dollars revenue. He pioneered AT&T’s business development in Asia-Pacific region. He also served as Senior Director in telecommunication equipment start-ups. Rulei is a recipient of AT&T Bell Labs President Award; IEEE Millennium Award; IEEE Region-1 Award. He holds two US patents.

Over the past 15 years, Rulei has volunteered as a ComSoc Chapter Chair, IEEE New Jersey Coast Section ExCom, and led ComSoc’s Engineering Certification and Education efforts. Being the Ad hoc WCET Committee Chair, he is instrumental in motivating a global team of volunteers developing the exam items, constructing the exams, as well as setting up the strategies and launching partnership efforts. As a result, his Chapter received ComSoc Global Chapter Achievement Award 2003; his team efforts led to the financial turnaround of WCET programs. Dr. Ting also served on IEEE ComSoc’s Education and Professional Training Board for the past four years. He has been awarded with The President’s Volunteer Service Gold Award of USA.

Rulei Ting earned B.S. from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China; Ph.D. from CUNY, New York City, USA. Dr. Ting earned Executive Master’s in Technology Management at Wharton and Penn Engineering of University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA.


Director - Online Content - Fabrizio Granelli

Fabrizio Granelli is Associate Professor and Delegate for Education at the Dept. of Information Engineering and Computer Science (DISI) of the University of Trento (Italy). He received the «Laurea» (M.Sc.) degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Genoa, Italy, in 1997, with a thesis on video coding, awarded with the TELECOM Italy prize, and the Ph.D. in Telecommunications from the same university, in 2001. Since 2000 he is carrying on his research and didactical activities (currently Associate Professor in Telecommunications) at the Dept. of Information Engineering and Computer Science – University of Trento (Italy) and coordinator of the Networking Laboratory. Between 2004 and 2015 for a total of six months, he was visiting professor at the State University of Campinas (Brasil).

He is author or co-author of more than 150 papers published in international journals, books and conferences, focused on networking, with particular reference to network performance modeling, cross-layering, wireless networks, cognitive radios and networks, green networking and smart grid communications. He was IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer for the period 2012-15 (2 terms).

Prof. Granelli is guest-editor of ACM Journal on Mobile Networks and Applications, special issues on “WLAN Optimization at the MAC and Network Levels” and “Ultra-Wide Band for Sensor Networks”, and Co-Chair of 10th and 13th IEEE Workshop on Computer-Aided Modeling, Analysis, and Design of Communication Links and Networks (CAMAD’04). Dr. Granelli is General Vice-Chair of the First International Conference on Wireless Internet (WICON’05) and General Chair of the 11th, 15th and 18th IEEE Workshop on Computer-Aided Modeling, Analysis, and Design of Communication Links and Networks (IEEE CAMAD ’06 - ’10 - ’13). He is TPC Co-Chair of GLOBECOM 2007-2009 and 2012 Symposia on “Communications QoS, Reliability and Performance Modeling” an TPC Co-Chair of GLOBECOM 2014 Symposium on “Selected Areas in Communications – Green Communications Track”. Prof. Granelli is the Chair of the IEEE Standardization Research Group on “Software Defined and Virtualized Wireless Access”. He was voting member and contributor of IEEE SCC41 for standards IEEE P1900.1 and IEEE P1900.2. He was officer (Secretary 2005-2006, Vice-Chair 2007-2008, Chair 2009-2010) of the IEEE ComSoc Technical Committee on Communication Systems Integration and Modeling (CSIM) and he is currently Secretary of IEEE ComSoc TC on Transmission, Access and Optical Systems.

He is Senior Member of IEEE and Associate Editor of IEEE Communications Surveys, IEEE JSAC Green Communications and Tutorials and International Journal on Communication Systems.



Director - Membership Services - Zhensheng Zhang

Dr. Zhensheng Zhang received his Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has over twenty years’ experience in design and analysis of network architecture, protocols and control algorithms, modeling and simulation of the communication networks. He has worked at Cubic Corporation, Senior Principal Scientist, Networking Research and worked at Boeing as Principal Scientist, served as Principal Investigator for several Department of Defense projects. He also worked at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, and Columbia University, respectively, focusing on research and development in wireless networks. His research interests include wireless ad hoc networks, wireless sensor networks. He has published over 110 technical papers in IEEE Journals and key IEEE conferences (one of his papers was listed as the top 10 most reading articles from IEEE Communications Society website in 2007). He was IEEE Comsoc distinguished lecturer (2010-2013) and has given many invited talks and tutorials on wireless ad hoc networks at various conferences and universities. He received the IEEE Regional/Area Outstanding Engineer award in 2011. He has served as Globecom 2015 Executive vice Chair; San Diego Chapter chair, 2008-2014 (won Comsoc Chapter of the Year 2013); Board Member, North America Region (NAR) since year 2008, representing Region 6; Globecom 2012 TPC Chair ; ICC 2015 TPC vice Chair; Editor, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (2000-2004). He was one of the IEEE LATINCOM Keynote Speakers (2013).


Director - Asia/Pacific Region - Takaya Yamazato

Takaya Yamazato is a professor at the Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Nagoya University, Japan. He received the Ph.D. degree from Department of Electrical Engineering, Keio University, Yokohama, Japan, in 1993. From 1993 to 1998, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Electronics, Nagoya University, Japan. From 1997 to 1998, he was a visiting researcher of the Research Group for RF Communications, Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. In 1998, he gave a 1/2 tutorial entitled ``Introduction to CDMA ALOHA'' at Globecom. In 2006, he received the IEEE Communication Society 2006 The Best Tutorial Paper Award. He served as a co-chair of Wireless Communication Symposia of ICC2009, and he was a co-chair of Selected Areas in Communication Symposia of ICC2011. From 2008 to 2010, he was Chair of the IEEE ComSoc Satellite and Space Communications Technical Committee and the editor in chief of Japanese Section of IEICE Transaction on Communications. In 2011, he gave a 1/2 tutorial entitled ``Visible Light Communication'' at ICC. His research interests include visible light communication (VLC), intelligent transport system (ITS), stochastic resonance (SR), and open educational resources (OER).


Director - Europe, Africa & Middle-East Region - Andrzej Jajszczyk

Andrzej Jajszczyk is a professor at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland, and the President of the Krakow Branch of the Polish Academy of Sciences. From 2011 to 2015 he served as the founding Director of the National Science Centre, a Polish research funding agency. He received M.S., Ph.D., and Dr Hab. degrees from Poznan University of Technology in 1974, 1979 and 1986, respectively. He spent a year at the University of Adelaide in Australia, two years at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and half year at Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne, France. He is the author or co-author of 12 books and over 300 research papers, as well as 19 patents in the areas of telecommunications switching, high-speed networking, network management and reliability, as well as of more than 50 papers on research funding and higher education. He has been a consultant to industry, telecommunications operators, and government agencies in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Poland, and the USA. He is a corresponding member of the Polish Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of IEEE. He was the founding editor of IEEE Global Communications and Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Communications Magazine. He is Associate Editor-in-Chief of CIC/IEEE China Communications and serves on editorial boards of other reputed journals. He held important positions in IEEE Communications Society, such as: Director of Magazines, Director of Europe, Africa, and Middle East Region, Vice President – Technical Activities. He has been involved in organization of numerous conferences. Andrzej Jajszczyk is Vice-President of the Kyoto-Krakow Foundation, fostering cultural and technical relations between Asia and Poland. In 2008, he received the Society’s Joseph LoCicero Award for Exemplary Service to Publications.


Director - Latin America Region -Carlos Lozano Garzon

Carlos A. Lozano-Garzon receives his System Engineer degree from Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota, Colombia, in 2004. Currently is PhD Student of both: Universidad de los Andes at the Computing and System Engineering Department in Bogota, Colombia; and Universitat de Girona at the Institut d'informatica i Aplicacions in Girona, Spain. He worked as part-time professor at Universidad Nacional de Colombia (2001-2005), Universidad Catolica de Colombia (2006 - 2008), as associated professor at Universidad de San Buenaventura (2005 - 2012) and as visiting professor at Universidad Nacional de Asunción (Jul. 2014, Sept 2015).

Carlos Lozano served as DLT/DSP Coordinator ComSoc Latin-America (2012 - 2015), Membership Development ComSoc Coordinator Latin-America (2010 - 2011), Universidad de San Buenaventura ComSoc Student Chapter Advisor (2008 - 2012), ComSoc Colombian Chapter Chair (2007 - 2009) and Technical Activities Coordinator at ComSoc Colombia (2006 - 2007). Also he was chair of IEEE Colombian Conference on Communications and Computing at several times; co-chair of the IEEE Latin-American Conference on Communications 2009, and Conference of the Andean Council IEEE – ANDESCON 2010; and served as Publicity Vice-chair for Latin-America of IEEE Globecom 2015.

He received the IEEE Computer Society Upsilon Pi Epsilon Student Award for Academic Excellence in 2014, IEEE Region 9 Outstanding Branch Counselor and Advisor Award in 2013, IEEE Region 9 Theodore W. Hissey Award in 2013, IEEE Computer Society Richard E. Merwin Student Scholarship in 2012, and the IEEE Communication Society - Latin America Region Distinguished Service Award in 2010.



Director - North America Region - Scott Atkinson

Scott received his BS in Physics Degree from Texas A&M University - Kingsville in 1961. Upon graduation, he entered the U. S. Air Force Officers Training School. Receiving his Commission as a 2nd Lieutenant, he entered training in communications & electronics and in May 1962 became an U. S. Air Force Communications Service Communications Officer.

He subsequently was assigned as the Itazuke AFB, Japan as Base Communications Operations Officer responsible for 166 operations personnel. Upon completing that three (3) year tour, he was assigned as an Advisor to the California Air National Guard in Compton, CA. Upon release from active duty in 1967, he went to work for Lockheed Electronics Company as a Communications Engineer on the Apollo Communications Sub-System at NASA’s Houston Manned Spacecraft Center.

His next position was on the corporate staff of the 50th largest company on the Fortune 500 list: Tenneco Inc, Houston, TX. While there his functions included: Communications Engineer, Senior Communications Engineer, Staff Communications Engineer and Network Operations Department Manager. During this engagement, he received an MBA from Pepperdine University in 1980.

His next major position was as a Senior Technical Specialist for the Business Telecommunications Systems at the United Services Automobile Association (USAA). Upon his retirement from USAA and the Air Force Reserves, he organized ICSI Consulting Services. After ten years of successful consulting activities, he decided to completely retire and became a full time volunteer for the IEEE.

Scott retired as a Lt. Col, USAF with Meritorious Service and Commendation Medals in addition to National Defense and longevity service ribbons.


Director - Sister & Related Societies - Curtis Siller

Curtis Siller received his B.S.E.E. (Highest Honors), M.S. (plasma physics) and Ph.D. (electromagnetic theory) from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Upon graduating he joined Bell Laboratories, where over a 30-year career he worked in the areas of: antenna theory; satellite communications research; digital signal processing - adaptive equalization & high-speed filters; software-based circuit multiplexers; SONET product conception and management; video access, ATM, and IP network architectures; CATV networks and modem protocols; and international standards (e.g., IEEE, ATM Forum, IETF). After leaving Bell Labs, he joined Cetacean Networks as CTO. He worked in the area of quality-of-service for time-sensitive applications. After Cetacean he joined Rivulet Communications, again as CTO and working in a similar technology space. For both companies, he managed their Intellectual Property portfolio and handled patent development and maintenance. He is Founder and Principal of Enginnovation, a consulting firm that specializes in all aspects of intellectual property management, including patent application preparation and defense, claims interpretation and construction, preparing expert witness reports, and giving testimony related to patent-infringement litigation.

Siller has published over 70 peer-reviewed papers, edited an IEEE Press book, contributed to four other reference texts, and was awarded eight patents. He is an IEEE Life Fellow, was named a Bell Labs Fellow, and is the recipient of numerous industry and professional service awards. He has organized or facilitated more than 30 conferences, and given invited talks in at least as many countries. Dr. Siller has also been active in IEEE, going back to his undergraduate years when he was Vice Chair of the local Student Branch. He first became a member of the IEEE Antenna and Propagation Society, but later gravitated to the Communications Society, where he has been very engaged for more than 30 years. He was Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Communications Magazine, served on four publication boards, was thrice a Director, twice a Vice President, and then President (2004-2005). He had been on ComSoc's Board of Governors continuously for 16 years, until 2012. He is now Director of Sister and Related Societies. At the Institute level, Curtis has served on numerous informal and formal committees (TAB Finance, Conferences, History, IEEE Spectrum, etc.) and the IEEE Board of Directors, representing Division III (communications technology). He is currently a member of several other boards and committees (including Publications Services and Products Board since 2010, and the IEEE Standards Association Standards Board New Standards Committee).



Director - Standards Development - Mehmet Ulema

MEHMET ULEMA has more than 30 years’ experience in the telecommunications field as a professor, researcher, systems engineer, project manager, network architect, and software developer. Currently he is a professor at the Computer Information Systems Department at Manhattan College, New York. Previously, he held management and technical positions in, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Bellcore, Daewoo Telecom, and Hazeltine Corporations. He has been an active member of IEEE. Currently he is the Director of Standards Development in IEEE Communications Society and on the IEEE-Standards Associations Standards Board. Previously he held various positions in ComSoc including the Director of Membership Programs Development, Vice-chair of the Technical Activities Council, Chair of the Distinguished Lecturer Selection and the Humanitarian Communications Technology Committees. He has served on many other ComSoc committees including GITC, the On-Line Content Board, the Education Board, and the Meeting and Conferences Board. Dr. Mehmet Ulema has been involved in many international conferences. He served as the Technical Program Chair of for the two premier ComSoc conferences: GLOBECOM 2009 and ICC 2006. He also served as the General Co-chair of NOMS in 2008, ISCC 2012, and BlackSeaCom 2014. Currently, he is serving as a General Co-chair of IEEE NOMS 2016. Mehmet is a co-founder of the IEEE Black Sea Communications and Networking Conference (BlackSeaCom). Dr. Ulema is the recipient of the 2015 IEEE Communications Society Harold Sobol Award for Exemplary Service to Meetings & Conferences.

He has been on the editorial board of a number of journals including IEEE Journal of Internet of Things, IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, and the Springer Journal of Network and Services Management. Dr. Ulema received MS & Ph.D. in Computer Science at Polytechnic University (now became the NYU Tandon School of Engineering), Brooklyn, New York. U.S.A. He also received BS & MS degrees at Istanbul Technical University, Turkey.

Director - Standardization Programs Development

Director - Standardization Programs Development - Alex Gelman

Alexander D. Gelman received ME and Ph.D. (EE) from the City University of New York. Currently he is Chief Technical Officer of NETovations, LLC, Networking Research Consulting Group. During 1998-2007 Alex worked as Chief Scientist at Panasonic Princeton Laboratory, managing research programs in consumer communications and networking; 1984-1998 with Bellcore as Director-Residential Internet Access Architectures Research. During 30 years of industrial research, Alex worked in areas such as: spread spectrum, IPTV, DTV, Ultra Wide Band communications, Information Security, Internet Telephony and Multimedia. He has numerous publications and several patents, e.g. holds some of earliest DSL system patents. Alex served on several ComSoc committees, in publications and conferences, on inaugural steering committees for IEEE Transactions on Multimedia and ICME. He cofounded the Consumer Communications and Networking Conference (CCNC). Alex founded the ComSoc Standards Board and initiated several IEEE standardization projects. Alex is past chair of the Multimedia Communications Technical Committee. He served three terms as ComSoc Vice President and on the Board of Governors of IEEE Standards Association. Currently Alex is ComSoc’s Director of Standards and also member of the IEEE - SA Standards Board. Alex is 2006 winner of IEEE ComSoc´s Donald W. McLellan Meritorious Service Award.


Director - Technical Services– Qian Zhang

Qian Zhang is currently a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Hong Kong. She is also serving as the co-director of the Huawei-HKUST Innovation Laboratory. At Microsoft Research Asia, Beijing, from July 1999 to Aug 2005, she was the research manager of the Wireless and Networking Group. Qian earned her Ph.D. from Wuhan University in Computer Science in 1999. She has served ComSoc and IEEE in many roles, including Steering Committee Member of the IEEE ICME Conference, Associate Editor for several IEEE Transactions and Magazines, Chair of the Multimedia Communication TC (2008-2010), Chairs of the Chapter Coordination Committee (2010-2012) and Technical Activity Committee (2008-2010) of ComSoc’s Asia Pacific Board. She was the TPC Co-Chair of IEEE INFOCOM 2011 and TPC Vice-Chair of IEEE GLOBECOM 2010. She has also served several times as the TPC Area Chair of INFOCOM and Symposium Chair of IEEE GLOBECOM and IEEE ICC.



Director - Industry Outreach – Ashutosh Dutta

Ashutosh Dutta is currently Director of Technology Security within AT&T’s Chief Security Office where he leads a team that is responsible for design and development of security for virtualized networks. His 25 years of career include CTO of Wireless at a Cybersecurity company NIKSUN, Senior Scientist in Telcordia Applied Research, Director of Central Research Facility at Columbia University, and Computer Engineer with TATA Motors. He has more than 80 conference and journal publications, three book chapters, 30 issued patents, and has given tutorials in mobility management at various conferences. Ashutosh is co-author of the book, titled, “Mobility Protocols and Handover Optimization: Design, Evaluation and Application,” published by John & Wiley and IEEE. He serves as the editor-in-chief for the Journal of Cybersecurity and Mobility published by River Publishers. Ashutosh served as the chair for IEEE Princeton / Central Jersey Section, Industry Relation Chair for Region 1 and MGA, Pre-University Coordinator for IEEE MGA and chair for Ad Hoc Committee for Public Visibility for ComSoc. Ashutosh co-founded the IEEE STEM conference (ISEC) in 2011 and helped to implement EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) in the high schools within PCJS. Ashutosh has been serving as the Director of Industry Outreach for IEEE Communications Society since 2013 and led a series of 5G Summits. He was recipient of the prestigious 2009 IEEE MGA Leadership award and 2010 IEEE-USA professional leadership award. Ashutosh obtained his BS in EE from NIT Rourkela, India, MS in Computer Science from NJIT and earned his M. Phil. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University under the supervision of Prof. Henning Schulzrinne.