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Canadian professor receives award for telecom work


May 20, 2011
By Alyssa Dalton
Photo from ECE McMaster University website

May 20, 2011

Jamal Deen, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Senior Canada Research Chair in Information Technology at McMaster University, was presented with the 2011 IEEE Canada R.A. Fessenden Award earlier this month at the 24th Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering held in Niagara Falls, Ont.

According to the association, the medal is presented to outstanding Canadian engineers recognized for their important contributions to the field of telecommunications engineering.

“[Deen] is one of the world’s leading authorities in modeling and noise of electronic and optoelectronic devices for communication systems,” it explained. “His practical models for high-performance optical detectors and experimental innovations for reliability prediction have contributed to the design and manufacture of reliable photodetectors for fiber optic communications.”

Deen
is a fellow of IEEE and seven other societies including The Royal Society of Canada, the American Physical Society (FAPS), and the Electrochemical Society, and is an honorary member of the World Innovation Foundation. His other awards include the 2002 Callinan Award from the Electrochemical Society; a Humboldt Research Award from the Humboldt Foundation, Germany in 2006; the Eadie Medal from The Royal Society of Canada in 2008; and the Electronics and Photonics Division (EPD) Award from the Electrochemical Society in 2011.