Posted on January 15, 2019

Dr. Ali Ghrayeb, a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Program at Texas A&M University at Qatar, has been elevated to Fellow grade of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized as a prestigious honor and a distinctive career achievement. Ghrayeb was recognized “for contributions to modulation design and implementation of multiple antenna wireless systems.”  He has made significant contributions to the advancement of modulation design and implementation of multiple antenna wireless communications systems known as multiple-input multiple-output, or MIMO. MIMO is considered one of the most important breakthroughs in the history of wireless communications, revolutionizing the telecom industry and penetrating almost all wireless standards.

Texas A&M at Qatar [].jpegGhrayeb’s contributions in modulation design for MIMO systems are being considered for inclusion in future wireless standards, especially 5G, Li-Fi and the Internet of Things (IoT). For example, Orange France have built a testbed and demonstrated the efficacy of his schemes for 5G. Samsung and China Mobile Research Institute have also successfully conducted a 5G prototype trial employing Ghrayeb’s modulation schemes.

His contributions on low-complexity MIMO systems has made its way to a number of wireless standards, including the IEEE 802.11 standard (transmit antenna selection). It is an option for the Cisco AirNet wireless LAN system and has been included in the LTE Standard (base-station antenna selection) for various deployment options. Lastly, his work on low-complexity decoding has been implemented by a number of leading companies in the storage industry, including IBM, Seagate and Link-a-Media.

Ghrayeb earned a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Arizona (USA). He joined the Texas A&M at Qatar faculty in 2012. He was previously a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Concordia University (Canada). He was the executive chair of the 2016 IEEE WCNC conference held in Doha. He has served on executive committees of many IEEE conferences and also on the editorial boards of several IEEE journals, including the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and IEEE Transactions on Communications.

IEEE is a non-profit international association advancing innovation and technological excellence in the field of electrical and electronics engineering. Today, there are more than 423,000 IEEE members in more than 160 countries around the world. The grade of Fellow is awarded to distinguished researchers in recognition of their breakthrough and high-impact studies in any of IEEE’s designated fields of interest, and is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors only by nomination and references of a Fellow nominator. Less than 0.1 percent of voting IEEE members are selected annually for this member grade elevation.