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Exemplary Global Service Award 2008 - Maurizio Decina

"For exemplary commitment and outstanding service given to the globalization of the IEEE Communications Society."

Maurizio Dècina is Professor of telecommunications at the Politecnico di Milano (Milan, Italy), Department of Electronics and Information. He began his career 40 years ago at the SIP/Telecom Italia Headquarters in Rome, and in 1976 joined the University of Rome.  From 1983 to 1987 he was the executive Director of R&D of Italtel in Milan.  In 1988 he joined the Politecnico di Milano, where he was the founder and Director of the CEFRIEL research and education consortium until 2003.  In the early 80s and 90s he worked also as a scientific consultant for AT&T Bell Laboratories in Naperville, Illinois, USA.  Prof. Dècina was a non-executive Member of the Board of Directors of serveral information and communication technology companies, such as Telecom Italia, Italtel, and Tiscali.  He was also the founder of the start-up companies ICT Consulting and Securmatics.

Prof. Dècina was the President of the IEEE Communications Society for the years 1994-1995. Coining the phrase “the Global Communications Society”, he initiated Comsoc’s Sister Societies movement by signing the first official agreement with the Italian national society, AEIT, in December, 1994 in Milan.  This was followed by agreements with the Brazilian SBrT Society, China Institute of Communications (CIC) and Chinese Institute of Electronics (CIE) in Mainland China, together with the Chinese Institute of Electrical Engineering (CIEE) in Taiwan.  Working with subsequent Presidents and other ComSoc officers, he helped to expand ComSoc’s relations with more than 20 Sister Societies.

In 1986 he was elected Fellow of IEEE “for technical contributions to voice/data packet switching.”  In 1997 he received the IEEE Award in International Communications, and in year 2000 the IEEE Third Millennium Medal Award.