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IEEE ComSoc Education Award 2015 - Tarek S. El-Bawab

"For outstanding contributions to the definition, and to the accreditation criteria, of modern communication/telecommunication engineering education; and for making changes to our education system that benefit our community, society, and the profession."

Tarek S. El-Bawab

Tarek S. El-Bawab [SM] (telbawab@ieee.org) initiated and led the Telecommunication Engineering Education (TEE) movement (2008-2014) which resulted in recognition of Telecommunication Engineering as a distinct ABET-accreditable discipline of education in November 1, 2014.

Dr. El-bawab is Member, IEEE Communications Society’s Board of Governors; and Director, Conference Operations. He is active/founding member of several ComSoc Technical Committees, and served as Chair of the Transmission, Access, and Optical Systems (TAOS) Technical Committee for two terms. He served as organizer and/or Symposium Chair in several ICC and Globecom Conferences, and chaired the ICC/Globecom International Workshop on Optical Networking Technologies (IWONT) for ten years. He is Board Member of the ComSoc Education and Training Board. He is also member of the IEEE Computer, Electron Device, and Photonics Societies.

Dr. El-Bawab’s research interests include telecommunications, network architectures, optical networks, performance analysis, and enabling electronic/photonic technologies, devices, and systems. Currently, he is professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Jackson State University, USA. Before this, he was with Alcatel-Lucent as Project Manager with the Network Strategy Group (CTO Organization), USA. Earlier, he was in networking research with a number of organizations: Alcatel-Lucent; Department of Electrical Engineering, Colorado State University (USA); and Department of Electronic Systems Engineering, University of Essex (UK). Before this, he led large-scale international telecommunication engineering projects for ten years, in Egypt and Middle East. Dr. El-Bawab has more than 70 scholarly journal/conference papers and patents. His book Optical Switching is one of the most comprehensive references in its subject. He is the Editor of Springer’s series: Textbooks in Telecommunication Engineering.

Tarek has B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, and B.A. in History, both from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt. He holds M.Sc. in Solid State Science from the American University in Cairo, and M.Sc. in Telecommunications and Information Systems from the University of Essex, UK. He obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Colorado State University.