Al-Dhahir Appointed Editor-In-Chief of IEEE Journal

Dr. Naofal Al-Dhahir, professor of electrical engineering and Erik Jonsson Distinguished Professor, has been appointed as editor-in-chief of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) publication Transactions on Communications (TCOM) effective January 2016.

“I am honored and thrilled to serve as editor of TCOM exactly twenty years after publishing my first TCOM paper,” Al-Dhahir said. “My guiding principle will be an unwavering commitment to integrity and excellence in everything I do and to expect the same from the TCOM editorial board.”

TCOM has a rich history going back to 1953 when its first issue was published. It is the flagship journal of the IEEE Communications Society in wired and wireless communication theory. The current TCOM editorial board consists of 90 editors in seven editorial areas: modulation and signal design, wireless communication, optical communication, source-channel coding, transmission systems, networking and cross-layer design, and coding/communication theory.

Al-Dhahir joined the TCOM editorial board as editor in 2002 and became an area editor in 2011. His new appointment was made following an IEEE open call for nominations that produced eleven qualified candidates. The term is for two years, renewable for another two years by mutual agreement.

Al-Dhahir, an authority on baseband processing for broadband communications, joined the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science in 2003 after working for General Electric Corporate Research and Development and AT&T’s Shannon Laboratory. He was named an IEEE Fellow in 2007 and an Erik Jonsson Distinguished Professor in 2011. He is co-author of 300 papers, co-recipient of four IEEE paper awards, and co-inventor of 40 issued U.S. patents.