Alumnus Profile: Dr. Costas N. Georghiades of Texas A&M University
Dr. Costas N. Georghiades (MSc EE 1983 and DSc EE 1985) earned his undergraduate degree, a B.E. in Electrical Engineering, from the American University of Beirut in 1980, and after a short period as a Field engineer for a company in Beirut, Dr. Georghiades started his graduate studies at Washington University in 1981. As a student, here, at Washington University, Dr. Georghiades earned both his M.Sc. and his D.Sc. in Electrical Engineering in 1983 and 1985, respectively. Following his graduation, Dr. Georghiades joined the faculty in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Texas A&M University as an Assistant Professor. In the following years, Dr. Georghiades was promoted to Associate Professor in 1991, full Professor in 1995, and Department Head of Electrical & Computer Engineering in 2005, a position in which he served until July 2012. Since August 2012 Dr. Georghiades serves as the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering at Texas A&M. He also currently serves as Assistant Agency Director for Strategic Initiatives and Centers for the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES).
In academia, Dr. Georghiades has made many contributions, including many contributions to the body of work in Communications and Information Theory, his area of expertise. Besides the editorial positions and committee memberships he has held, which include a stint as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Communication Letters, Dr. Georghiades has also been published in over eighty journal publications, one-hundred forty nine refereed conference publications, and many more times in various other venues. Dr. Georghiades’ interests include, but are not limited to, cognitive radio, channel coding/decoding, and information theoretic security. Dr. Georghiades was a member and group leader of the Telecommunications and Signal Processing Group and co-director of the VLSI- Telecommunications Research Center, and his publications are concentrated in these topics, with the majority being published in journals like IEEE Transactions on Communications.
Dr. Georghiades has also received many awards and distinctions for his work. Among these accolades are several professorships, but, most recently, Dr. Georghiades was name the Delbert A. Whitaker Endowed Chair Professor in 2002. In addition, Dr. Georghiades was the Keynote speaker at the International Conference on Wireless and Optical Communications in 2002, won the Educator of the Year Award from the Clear lake Council of Technical Societies and the Communication Theory Technical Committee Service Award, and was named a Fellow of the IEEE in 1998 for contributions to the theory of optimum receiver design.
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