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Donald W. McLellan Meritorious Service Award 2005 - Mark J. Karol

"For dedicated and outstanding service as Chair of IEEE Communications Society Technical Committees, General Chair IEEE ICC 2002, member of GICC, and Director of Magazines."

Mark Karol received the B.S. degree in mathematics and the B.S.E.E. degree from Case Western Reserve University, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University. From 1985 until 2000, he was a member of the Research Communications Sciences Division at Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, NJ. Since September 2000, he has been a Research Scientist with Avaya Labs in Lincroft, NJ. With Avaya, he supports the design and analysis of next-generation switching and networking products, plus contributes to the development of VoIP algorithms and network experiments. He received the IEEE Communications Society Best Tutorial Paper Award (1997), the Case Western Reserve University Young Alumni Award (1996), and the Bell Labs Research Affirmative Action Award (1999).

Mark has held many leadership positions in publications and conference activities of the IEEE. He served as the first associate editor on networks/switching for the Journal of Lightwave Technology, General Chair of the 2002 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC2002), General Chair of the IEEE INFOCOM'94 Conference, Chair of the GLOBECOM’99 Symposium on High-Speed Networks, ComSoc Director of Magazines, Chair of the ComSoc Technical Committee on Computer Communications (TCCC), and Co-Chair of the TCCC Annual Workshop on Computer Communications. In 2002, Mark was honored with the TCCC Outstanding Service Award.

Currently, he serves as Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the IEEE Communications Society. In 2006-2007, he will serve on the IEEE Board as the Division III (Communications Technology) Director. Mark has served on the GLOBECOM/ICC Conference Board, the ComSoc Board of Governors (three times), and on the following ComSoc committees: Awards, Nominations & Elections, Technical Committee Recertification, Staff & Facilities, and Strategic Planning. In addition, Mark has served on the IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) and the IEEE TAB/PSPB Products & Services Committee.

In 1993, Dr. Karol was elected a Fellow of the IEEE for contributions to “the fundamental theory, design, and analysis of high-performance packet switches and multiuser lightwave communication networks.”