Dr. Letaief received the BS degree with distinction, MS and Ph.D. Degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, USA. He served as a faculty member at the University of Melbourne, Australia from 1990 to 1993. In 1993, he joined the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). While at HKUST, he has held many senior administrative positions, including the Head of the Electronic and Computer Engineering department, Director of the Center for Wireless IC Design, Director of Huawei Innovation Laboratory, and Director of the Hong Kong Telecom Institute of Information Technology. He also served as Chair Professor and Dean of Engineering. Under his leadership, HKUST Engineering has reached new heights and was ranked #14 worldwide at the end of his term in 2015 according to QS World University Rankings. From 2015 to 2018, he joined HBKU as Provost (chief academic officer) to help establish a research-intensive university in Qatar working with partners including Northwestern University, Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, and Texas A&M University.
Dr. Letaief is an internationally recognized leader in wireless communications and networks and is recognized as an ISI Highly Cited Researcher, which puts him among preeminent researchers who are most highly cited and comprise less than one-half of one percent of all published authors. He is an IEEE Fellow and HKIE Fellow, and received many esteemed awards including the Michael G. Medal for Distinguished Teaching, 2017 IEEE Cognitive Networks Technical Committee Publication Award, 2016 IEEE Marconi Prize Award in Wireless Communications, , 2016 IEEE Signal Processing Society Young Author Best Paper Award, 2011 IEEE Harold Sobol Award, 2010 Purdue University Outstanding ECE Alumni Award, 2007 IEEE Joseph LoCicero Publications Exemplary Award, and 15 IEEE Best Paper Awards.
He has served as a consultant for several organizations. He is founding Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. He has chaired many IEEE leading conferences such as ICC and WCNC, and served in many IEEE leadership positions, including ComSoc Vice-President for Technical Activities, Treasurer, Vice-President for Conferences, and Director of Journals. He has also served and provided strong representation for ComSoc on major IEEE committees and boards (e.g., Publication-Services and Products Board, Asia-Pacific Board, Periodicals Committee, Technical Activity Council, Fellow Committee, and Finance Committee). He is the President of the IEEE Communications Society (2018-19).