HKUST Professor Elected Vice-President of IEEE Communications Society


Prof Khaled BEN LETAIEF, Chair Professor of Electronic and Computer Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), has been elected Vice-President of the Communications Society of the IEEE - the worldwide professional association for electronic and electrical engineers with 455,000 members from over 160 countries. 


The Communications Society is the second largest society within IEEE, with about 45,000 members (after the Computer Society with 59,000 members). 

Vice-Presidents of the IEEE Communications Society are elected once every two years. 


Prof Ben Letaief is a renowned expert in wireless communications. He received his BS, MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, USA. After spending three years as a faculty member at the University of Melbourne, he joined HKUST in 1993. Apart from serving as Head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department until recently, he is also Director of the HKUST's Hong Kong Telecom Institute of Information Technology and the Wireless IC System Design Center based in Nansha, Guangdong Province, China. 


Prof Ben Letaief is also well-known for his dedication to teaching. At HKUST he received the Teaching Excellence Appreciation Award from the School of Engineering four times, as well as the Michael G Gale Medal for Distinguished Teaching - the highest university-wide teaching award presented to only one faculty member each year. 


At IEEE, Prof Ben Letaief is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transaction on Wireless Communications, and has also served on the editorial board of various prestigious journals.



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