Professor Alouini honored at the First OIC Summit on Science and Technology

KAUST Professor Mohamed-Slim Alouini was recently honored with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Science and Technology (S&T) Achievement Award at the First OIC Summit on Science and Technology. File photo.

Mohamed-Slim Alouini, KAUST professor of electrical engineering in the Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering Division (CEMSE), was recently honored with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Science and Technology (S&T) Achievement Award at the First OIC Summit on Science and Technology.

The summit, which was held in Astana, Kazakhstan, from September 10 to 11, brought together 15 heads of state and more than 80 foreign delegations. Alouini received his Achievement Award from the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev. During the event, the OIC paid tribute to five scientists for their efforts to serve their individual countries and the Islamic world through achievements in science. Alouini was honored for his long-term research on telecommunications.

“Convinced of the importance of acknowledging and commending Muslim scientists and researchers for their outstanding contributions to their areas of specialization, today the OIC will be honoring a group of them with the OIC S&T Achievement Award. These prominent scientists have charted with their knowledge and excellence for the advancement and progress of their societies and countries,” said Dr. Yousef A. Al-Othaimeen, OIC secretary general, during the proceedings.

Alouini was honored alongside Professor Yusuf Yagci from the Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey; Dr. Assan Jaye from the Medical Research Council in Banjul, Gambia; Professor Rajaâ Cherkaoui El Moursli from the Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco; and Dr. Yerlan Ramankulov from the National Center for Biotechnology, Astana, Kazhakstan.

Alouini received a doctorate in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 1998. He served as a faculty member at the University of Minnesota before joining KAUST as a professor of electrical engineering in 2009. His current research interests include the modeling, design and performance analysis of wireless communication systems.

He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE); a member of the Thomson ISI Web of Knowledge list of Highly Cited Researchers; a member of the Elsevier/Shanghai Ranking list of Most-Cited Researchers; an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society; and a co-recipient of best paper awards in 10 IEEE conferences (including ICC, GLOBECOM, VTC, PIMRC and DySPAN).

-By David Murphy, KAUST News

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