Tarek El-Bawab is the Dean of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Nile University (Egypt). Before this, he was Full Professor with Jackson State University (USA); Project Manager and Senior Research Scientist with Alcatel-Lucent (now Nokia, USA); in networking research with Colorado State University (USA) and University of Essex (UK), and led several large scale multi-national telecommunication projects.
Tarek has served IEEE and ComSoc in numerous capacities. He is Board Member of ComSoc Board of Governors (2014-2015, 2018-2019, and 2020-2021) and served as Board Member of the IEEE Educational Activities Board (2016-2017). He is Board Member of the society’s Educational Services Board (2012-2019), ComSoc’s Director for Standards Development (2018-2019) and Director for Conference Operations (2014-2015). Dr. El-Bawab is the Editor in Chief of the IEEE Communications Magazine, the Series Editor of Springer’s Textbooks in Telecommunication Engineering, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) member, and NSF Review Panelist. His research interests include network architectures, optical networks, performance analysis, and telecom standards; and he has more than 75 papers, patents and books. He is founding/active member of several ComSoc technical committees, and chaired the Transmission, Access, and Optical Systems (TAOS) technical committee for two terms. He is symposium chair, workshops Chair, and organizer in several ICC/Globecom Conferences.
Tarek led the telecommunication engineering education (TEE) movement (2008-2014), which resulted in recognition of network/telecommunication engineering as distinct ABET-accreditable education discipline. He is the first recipient of the IEEE ComSoc Education Award due to this work (2015). He has a B.Sc. in electrical engineering and a B.A. in history from Ain Shams University, Egypt. He holds an M.Sc. in solid state science from the American University in Cairo, and an M.Sc. in telecommunications and information systems from the University of Essex, UK. He obtained his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Colorado State University.