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Harold Sobol Award for Exemplary Service to Meetings & Conferences 2015 - Mehmet Ulema

"For continuous and exemplary contributions to the enhancement of the technical quality, and management of Communications Society flagship, portfolio and regional conferences."

Mehmet Ulema

Mehmet is a professor of Computer Information Systems at Manhattan College, New York. Previously, he held management and technical positions at AT&T Bell Labs, Bellcore, Hazeltine, and Daewoo. 

He has been an active member of IEEE. Currently he is the Director of Standards Development in IEEE Communications Society. Previously he held various positions 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 and workshops. He served as the Technical Program Chair of for the two premier ComSoc conferences: GLOBECOM 2009 and ICC 2006. He also served as the Technical program chair for a number of other conferences including the first IEEE Consumer Communications Networking Conference (CCNC) in 2004 and IEEE Network Operations and Management Symposium (NOMS) in 2002.  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), which has become a well-known regional conference, fully sponsored by ComSoc. 

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.  In the past, he served on the editorial boards of several other journals including Elsevier Journal of Computer Networks, and ACM/Springer Journal of Wireless Network,

He received MS and Ph.D. in Computer Science at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University. He also received BS & MS degrees at Istanbul Technical University.