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Alumnus Hamid Jafarkhani elected AAAS Fellow

Alumnus Hamid Jafarkhani (1997 EE Ph.D.) continues to be honored for his body of work as a professor at the University of California Irvine.

Jafarkhani was recently elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in the Section on Information, Computing, and Communication. He also was recently named the Conexant-Broadcom Endowed Chair at UC Irvine. Previously, he was given the title “Chancellor’s Professor” by the university. The title is reserved for faculty members who have demonstrated unusual academic merit and whose continued promise for scholarly achievement is unusually high.

Jafarkhani has been on the faculty of UC Irvine’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science since 2001. He recently was named director of the Center for Pervasive Communications and Computing, after serving as deputy director for several years.

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. Currently, he is working 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).

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March 3, 2011

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