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2018 LA/NA Regional Member-At-Large Candidate Octavia Dobre

Candidate's Statement

I have been committed to serving the IEEE ComSoc community, and am enthusiastic to continue contributing. If elected as a Member-at-Large, I will endeavor to:

  • Maintain the high quality of our publications, as well as identify new potential publications in emerging areas and/or multi-disciplinary fields.
  • Promote initiatives to broaden and strengthen collaboration with industry, (e.g., through standards, conferences, and publications).
  • Foster professional development opportunities for our members in general, and for junior researchers and students in particular.
  • Strengthen the globalization of our membership through intensifying the relationships with sister and related societies, and supporting local chapters. 


Octavia A. Dobre is a Professor and Research Chair at Memorial University, Canada. Previously, she was with New Jersey Institute of Technology and Stevens Institute of Technology, USA.

Specific to IEEE ComSoc, she is the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Communications Letters (2016-2019), a member of the Steering Committee of the newly introduced IEEE Networking Letters (2017-2019), Associate Editor of IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials (2015-2018), Chair of the Signal Processing and Communications Electronics Technical Committee (2017-2018), a member of the Awards Committee (2016-2018), and Director of the Sisters and Related Societies (2018-2019). She was an Editor and Senior Editor for IEEE Communications Letters, an Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Vice-Chair Americas of the Cognitive Networks Technical Committee, and the first Chair of the Women in Communications Engineering Standing Committee. She served as symposium Co-Chair at IEEE ICC, GLOBECOM, PIMRC, and WCNC, as well as Workshop Co-Chair at ICC and gLOBECOM. Further, she has served on the IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award and IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award Committees, as well as with the IEEE TAB Committee on Women and Under-represented Groups.

She is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada. She was a European Tempus, U.K. Royal Society, and U.S. Fulbright Scholar. She received the President’s Award for Outstanding Research at Memorial, an IEEE Best Paper Award, the Leaders Opportunity Fund Award, and the Outstanding Service Award from the IEEE ComSoc Signal Processing and Communications Electronics Technical Committee.