A few words about me.

I am an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Illinois at Chicago. From 2009 to 2015, I was a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University Northwest. From 2006 to 2009, I was a Lecturer/Postdoctoral fellow at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University. From 1999 to 2002, I was a Research Engineer in the Technology Evolution and Standards group of Microcell, Inc (now ROGERS Wireless), Montreal, surveying and studying radio-communication technology evolution. I also took part in major wireless normalization committees (3GPP, T1P1). In 1998 and 2006 I obtained a M.Sc. and Ph. D. from The University of Quebec (INRS-EMT), Montreal, Canada. Previously, I received the Diplome d'Ingenieur degree in telecommunications from The Ecole Superieure des Communications de Tunis (SUPCOM), Tunisia. My research focuses in the areas of Wireless Communication Theory.

I currently serve as Editor for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS, Editor of the IEEE OPEN JOURNAL OF THE COMMUNICATIONS SOCIETY and Lead Guest Editor for the SENSORS OPEN ACCESS JOURNAL. Previously I served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE COMMUNICATION LETTERS, and a Lead Guest Editor for special issues of the IEEE JOURNAL ON SELECTED AREAS IN COMMUNICATIONS.

Grants

  • NSF CCF CIF award (co-PI) of $1,200,000 over the period 07/01/2019 to 06/30/2023.
  • Department of Defense (DoD) grant (co-PI) of $600,000 over the period 02/04/2017 to 01/06/2018.
  • NSF CAREER award of $425,427 over the period 09/01/2015 to 08/31/2020.
  • NSF REU site (co-PI) of $325,864 over the period 02/01/2015 to 01/31/2018.
  • NSF/CCF/CIF award (sole PI) of $238,885 over the period 09/01/2013 to 08/31/2016.
  • Illinois Ventures - Proof of Concept (PI) of $50,000 over the period 01/03/2018 to 06/01/2018. 
  • Two UIC College of Engineering grants of $30,000 and $15,000 over the period 05/16/2016 to 05/15/2017.
  • NSF REU Supplemental funding of $16,000 over the period 05/15/2020 to 08/31/2020.
  • NSF Travel Supplemental funding of $5,000 over the period 05/15/2020 to 01/31/2021.
  • PRF/SFG Summer Faculty Grant of $8,000, Purdue University Calumet, 2013.
  • Awards

  • UIC College of Engineering Teaching Award -- May 2018. 
  • Insight Into Diversity Magazine Award "100 Inspiring Women in STEM" August 2015.
  • Academic Gold Medal of the Governor General of Canada 2007. 
  • Excellence in Sponsored Grants at Purdue University Calumet, 2013.
  • Editor of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications since June 2019.
  • Editor of IEEE Open Journal of the Communications Society since August 2019.
  • Associate Editor of IEEE Communication Letters from Feb. 2016 to Dec. 2019.
  • Chair of IEEE Chicago Section Communication Society Chapter since 2019.
  • Chair of IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE), Chicago section (2010-2013).
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and FQRNT Postdoctoral Fellowships, at Harvard University 2008 to 2010.