Tarek El-Bawab has served IEEE and ComSoc in numerous capacities. He is Board Member of ComSoc Board of Governors (2014-2015, 2018-2019) and Board Member of the society’s Educational Services Board. He is Board Member of the IEEE Educational Activities Board (2016-2017), and ComSoc’s Director, 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 70 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).
Dr. El-Bawab is currently with Jackson State University (USA). Before this he was with Alcatel-Lucent USA (now Nokia), Colorado State University (USA); and the University of Essex (UK). He has led several large scale international telecommunication projects before this. Tarek 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.