Behnaam Aazhang

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Behnaam Aazhang
Born (1957-12-07) December 7, 1957 (age 62)
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 and Director of the Rice Neuroengineering Initiative.

Early Life and Education[edit]

Aazhang was born in Bandar-Anzali, Iran, and attended Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran from 1975 until 1978. He moved to the United States in 1979. Aazhang received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1981, 1983, and 1986, respectively, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.[1] Aazhang was a research assistant in the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois from 1981 to 1985. In August 1985, he joined the faculty of Rice University in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Career and Research[edit]

Aazhang served as founding director of Rice’s Center for Multimedia Communications (CMC) from 1998 until 2006. He was the Department Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 2004 until 2014. He held an Academy of Finland Distinguished Visiting Professorship appointment (FiDiPro) at the University of Oulu in Finland from 2006 until 2014. For his contributions, he received an honorary doctorate in 2017 (the highest honor the university can bestow).[2] During his career, he served as visiting professor or visiting scientist at several institutions, including IBM Federal Systems Company, ETH Zurich, Helsinki University of Technology and Nokia Mobile. He has been the Director of the Rice Neuroengineering Initiative since 2018.

Awards and Honors[edit]

Aazhang was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 1999 and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2012.[3]

He received the SIGMOBILE Test of Time (ToT) Award in 2019 which recognizes outstanding papers that have had a lasting impact on the field of mobile computing, for the paper “Design of WARP: a wireless open-access research platform”.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Aazhang lives in Houston, TX with his wife, Lisa. They have four children, Juyan, Ryan, Hannah, and Erin.


  1. ^ "Behnaam Aazhang". Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Behnaam Aazhang conferred as Honorary Doctor at University of Oulu".
  3. ^ "Behnaam Aazhang | Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) | Rice University". Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  4. ^ "Behnaam Aazhang | Rice University". Retrieved 2020-05-05.