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Joseph LoCicero Award for Exemplary Service to Publications 2007 - Khaled Ben Letaief

"For outstanding performance as Founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications."

Khaled Ben Letaief received the BS degree with distinction, MS and Ph.D. Degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1984, 1986, and 1990, respectively.  From 1990 to 1993, he was a faculty member at the University of Melbourne, Australia.  Since 1993, he has been with The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) where he is currently a Chair Professor and Head of the Electronic and Computer Engineering Department.  He is also the Director of the Hong Kong Telecom Institute of Information Technology. His research is in Wireless Communications and Networks.  In these areas, he has an extensive list of publications and given invited keynote talks as well as courses all over the world.

Dr. Letaief has been very active within IEEE and served as a ComSoc volunteer in many positions including: Founding Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications; Editor in several IEEE journals including Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications - Wireless Communications Series and Editor of IEEE Transactions on Communications.  He has been involved in organizing a number of major international conferences. These include serving as the General Co-Chair of the 2007 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, WCNC’07 as well as the Technical Program Co-Chair of the 2008 IEEE International Conference on Communication, ICC’08.  He also served as the Chair of the IEEE Communications Society Technical Committee on Personal Communications, Chair of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications Steering committee, as well as member of several IEEE Committees (e.g., Technical Committees Recertification, Ontology, Technical Activities Council, and Asia-Pacific Board). 

In addition to his active research and professional activities, Professor Letaief has been a dedicated teacher committed to excellence in teaching and scholarship.  He received the Mangoon Teaching Award from Purdue University in 1990; the Teaching Excellence Appreciation Award by the School of Engineering at HKUST (4 times); and the Michael G. Gale Medal for Distinguished Teaching (Highest university-wide teaching award at HKUST and only one recipient/year is honored for his/her contributions). 

Khaled is an elected member of the IEEE Communications Society Board of Governors.  He is a Fellow of IEEE, and an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer.