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Besma Smida
Director, North America Region

I am an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Illinois at Chicago. From 2009 to 2015, I was a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University Northwest. From 2006 to 2009, I was a Lecturer/Postdoctoral fellow at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University. From 1999 to 2002, I was a Research Engineer in the Technology Evolution and Standards group of Microcell, Inc (now ROGERS Wireless), Montreal, surveying and studying radio-communication technology evolution. I also took part in major wireless normalization committees (3GPP, T1P1). In 1998 and 2006 I obtained a M.Sc. and Ph. D. from The University of Quebec (INRS-EMT), Montreal, Canada. Previously, I received the Diplome d'Ingenieur degree in telecommunications from The Ecole Superieure des Communications de Tunis (SUPCOM), Tunisia. My research focuses in the areas of Wireless Communication Theory.

I currently serve as Editor for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS, Editor of the IEEE OPEN JOURNAL OF THE COMMUNICATIONS SOCIETY and Lead Guest Editor for the SENSORS OPEN ACCESS JOURNAL. Previously I served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE COMMUNICATION LETTERS, and a Lead Guest Editor for special issues of the IEEE JOURNAL ON SELECTED AREAS IN COMMUNICATIONS.

I was awarded the INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine’s 2015 "100 Inspiring Women in STEM". I received the Academic Gold Medal of the Governor General of Canada in 2007 and the NSF CAREER award in 2015.