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Edwin Howard Armstrong Achievement Award 2007 - Norman C. Beaulieu

"For outstanding contributions to the analysis, design, and modeling of wireless communication systems"

Norman C. Beaulieu received the B.A.Sc. (honors), M.A.Sc., and Ph.D degrees in electrical engineering from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada in 1980, 1983, and 1986, respectively.  He was awarded the University of British Columbia Special University Prize in Applied Science in 1980 as the highest standing graduate in the Faculty of Applied Science.

He was a Queen’s National Scholar Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada from September 1986 to June 1988, an Associate Professor from July 1988 to June 1993, and a Professor from July 1993 to August 2000.  In September 2000, he became the iCORE Research Chair in Broadband Wireless Communications at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada and in January 2001, the Canada Research Chair in Broadband Wireless Communications.  His current research interests include broadband digital communications systems, ultra-wide bandwidth systems, fading channel modeling and simulation, communication theory, diversity systems, interference systems, and space-time coding.

Dr. Beaulieu is a Member of the IEEE Communication Theory Committee and served as its Representative to the Technical Program Committee of the 1991 International Conference on Communications and as Co-Representative to the Technical Program Committee of the 1993 International Conference on Communications and the 1996 International Conference on Communications.  He was General Chair of the Sixth Communication Theory Mini-Conference in association with GLOBECOM 97 and Co-Chair of the Canadian Workshop on Information Theory in 1999 and 2007.  Dr. Beaulieu is presently serving as Co-Chair of the Technical Program Committee of the Communication Theory Symposium of the 2008 International Conference on Communications

He has been an Editor for Wireless Communication Theory of the IEEE Transactions on Communications since January 1992, and was Editor-in-Chief from January 2000 to December 2003.  He served as an Associate Editor for Wireless Communication Theory of the IEEE Communications Letters from November 1996 to August 2003.  He also served on the Editorial Board of The Proceedings of the IEEE from November 2000 to December 2006. 

He received the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship in 1999.  Professor Beaulieu was elected a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada in 2001 and was awarded the Médaille K.Y. Lo Medal of the Institute in 2004.  He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2002 and was awarded the Thomas W. Eadie Medal of the Society in 2005.  Also in 2005, Professor Beaulieu was awarded the Alberta Science and Technology Leadership Foundation ASTech Outstanding Leadership in Alberta Technology Award.   In 2006, he was elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.  He was the 2006 recipient of the J Gordin Kaplan Award for Excellence in Research, the University of Alberta’s most prestigious research prize.   Professor Beaulieu is listed on and is a Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer.