UTD Professor Wins IEEE Best Journal Paper Award

Naofal Al-Dhahir, an associate professor of electrical engineering in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), has been named a co-recipient of the prestigious Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award for 2006 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

The award is given for the most outstanding survey review or tutorial paper published in IEEE transactions, journals or magazines, or in proceedings of the IEEE. Established in 1979, it is named in honor of Donald G. Fink, a distinguished editor and author who was the first general manager and executive director of the IEEE.  The Fink award is the only IEEE-wide journal best paper award; all other paper awards are at the technical society level.

photo, Naofal Al-Dhahir
Naofal Al-Dhahir, an associate professor of electrical engineering in the Erik Jonsson School, is a co-recipient of the prestigious Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award for 2006.

Al-Dhahir’s paper, titled “Great Expectations:  The Value of Spatial Diversity in Wireless Networks,” appeared in the February 2004 issue of the Proceedings of the IEEE Special Issue on “Gigabit Wireless.”  Co-authors are Dr. Suhas Diggavi of Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland, Dr. Robert Calderbank of Princeton University and Dr. Anastasios Stamoulis of Qualcomm Inc.

The award will be presented at the Awards Banquet of the IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, to be held in Seattle in July 2006.

It is the second time in as many months that Al-Dhahir has received a best paper distinction from the IEEE. Al-Dhahir’s previous award — for an article that described a novel transmission scheme for four transmit antennas and investigated its application to broadband wireless access according to emerging WiMAX industry standards — was given at the 2005 IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference in Dallas last September.