Clark School Home UMD
ECE

ECE News Story

Alumnus Hamid Jafarkhani wins IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award

Alumnus Hamid Jafarkhani wins IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award

Alumnus Hamid Jafarkhani (1997 EE Ph.D.) is a co-recipient of the IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) "for contributions to block signaling for multiple antennas."

The prestigious award is presented to an individual or team of not more than three for outstanding contributions to communications technology. Jafarkhani shares the award with Vahid Tarokh (Harvard University) and Siavash Alamouti (Vodafone, Great Britain).

The award was established in 1995 and is named in honor of Eric E. Sumner, IEEE President for 1991, who retired as vice president of operations planning at AT&T Bell Laboratories after a long and distinguished career. It is sponsored by Bell Labs.

Jafarkhani is the Conexant-Broadcom Endowed Chair and Chancellor's Professor in the University of California Irvine’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He has been on the UC Irvine faculty since 2001. Jafarkhani is the director of the Center for Pervasive Communications and Computing.

Jafarkhani's research interests are in communication theory with emphases on coding, wireless communications, and wireless networks. He and his colleagues invented "space-time block coding," a MIMO technology, that has become an active area of research and is widely used in practice. His current work, for which he won the Sumner Award, is on the theoretical and practical challenges of designing communication systems and networks that use multiple antennas.

At Maryland, Jafarkhani was advised by former University of Maryland Provost Nariman Farvardin (ECE/ISR).

Related Articles:
Alumnus Aswin Sankaranarayanan Wins Excellence in Teaching Award at Carnegie Mellon University
Liu Gives Plenary Keynote Speech at ICASSP 2017
Alumnus Iyad Tarazi Presents “Managing your Destiny” at IEEE Leadership Seminar
Liu Wins 2016 IEEE Signal Processing Society Meritorious Service Award
Ulukus Delivers UMD Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Lecture
John Baras wins 2017 IEEE Simon Ramo Medal
PhD student Upal Mahbub and Prof. Rama Chellappa win IEEE UEMCON best paper award 
Professor Khaligh Named Area Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology
Khaligh gives keynote speech at ITEC 2016
Alumnus Tassiulas Wins 2016 IEEE Kobayashi Award

January 14, 2013


Prev   Next

Current Headlines

Prof. Robert Newcomb to Lead FIRE Research Stream on Neural Systems and Neurotechnologies

Miao Yu named Maryland Robotics Center director

UMD Takes 1st in American Helicopter Society Student Challenge

ECE Student Team Wins Third Place at IEEE Signal Processing Cup 2017 Global Competition

Decade of TMV research leads to never-before-seen microsystems for energy storage, biosensors and self-sustaining systems

Peter Kofinas Will Serve as Next Chair of ChBE

New TMV supercapacitor work featured in Nanotechweb article

ECE Alumnus Briskman Wins 2017 IAF Hall of Fame Award

News Resources

Return to Newsroom

Search News

Archived News

Events Resources

Events Calendar

Additional Resources

UM Newsdesk

Faculty Experts