Behnaam Aazhang

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Behnaam Aazhang
Born (1957-12-07) December 7, 1957 (age 61)
Awards2013 IEEE Communication Society Award for Advances in Communication
2012 Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science
1999 IEEE Fellow
2004 Thompson-Reuters Highly Cited Researchers
Scientific career
Doctoral advisorVincent Poor

Behnaam Aazhang (born December 7, 1957) is the J.S. Abercrombie Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University, Houston, TX.


Aazhang received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in 1981, 1983, and 1986, respectively, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering.[1]


Aazhang was a research assistant in the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois from 1981 to 1985. In 1985, he became a faculty of Rice University in Houston, TX, and he is currently the J.S. Abercrombie Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. From 2004 to 2014, Aazhang was the Department Chair of Rice Electrical and Computer Engineering. He also holds a Finland Distinguished Visiting Professorship appointment (FiDiPro) at the University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland. He was a visiting professor for various places such as the IBM Federal Systems Company in Houston, Texas, and the Laboratory for Communication Technology at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) located in Zurich, Switzerland, the Telecommunications Laboratory in the University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland, the U.S. Air Force Phillips Laboratory, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the Nokia Mobile Phones in Irving, Texas.[1][2] Aazhang is the director of the Center for Neuroengineering within the Gulf Coast Consortium in Houston, and served as the founding director of Rice's Center for Multimedia Communications (CMC) from 1998–2006. He is currently an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Molecular, Biological, and Multi-Scale Communications (MBMC).


Aazhang has received an award from the 2004 IEEE Communication Society's Stephen O. Rice Best Paper Award for a paper with A. Sendonaris and E. Erkip. He also received the 2013 IEEE Communication Society Award for Advances in Communication for the same work. He received an award from the Alcoa Foundation Award 1993, the NSF Research Initiation Award 1987–1989. He also has been listed in the Thomson-Reuters Highly Cited Researchers.[1] In 2017, Aazhang received an honorary doctorate from the University of Oulu.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Behnaam Aazhang was born in Bandar-Anzali, Iran. He attended Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran from 1975 till 1978. He moved from Iran to the United States in 1979. He continues to live in Houston, Texas with his wife, Lisa, and four children, Juyan, Ryan, Hannah, and Erin.


  1. ^ a b c "Behnaam Aazhang". Retrieved 22 December 2014.
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