Tarek S. El-Bawab is the Dean of the School of Engineering and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the American University of Nigeria (AUN).
Before joining AUN, he was Professor and Dean of Engineering and Applied Science at Nile University (Egypt), Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Jackson State University (USA), and Project Manager with the Network Strategy Group (CTO organization) of Alcatel-Lucent USA (now Nokia).
Earlier, he assumed leading networking research roles with a number of organizations including Alcatel-Lucent, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Colorado State University (USA), and the Department of Electronic Systems Engineering at the University of Essex (UK). Before this, he led large-scale international telecommunication projects in the Middle East and Africa for 10 years.
He has more than 75 scholarly journal/conference papers and patents. His book Optical Switching is one of the most comprehensive references in its subject. He is the Editor in Chief of the IEEE Communications Magazine, the Series Editor of Springer’s Textbooks in Telecommunication Engineering, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) member, and NSF Review Panelist.
Tarek led the Telecommunication Engineering Education (TEE) initiative and movement (2008-2014), which resulted in the recognition of network/telecommunication engineering as a distinct ABET-accreditable education discipline on November 1, 2014. He is the first recipient of the IEEE Communications Society’s (ComSoc) Education Award due to this work (2015). The citation of this award reads: “for outstanding contributions to the definition, and to the accreditation criteria, of modern communication/telecommunication engineering education; and for making changes to our education system that benefit our community, society, and the profession.”
He has served IEEE and the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) in numerous capacities. He served as Board Member of the IEEE Educational Activities Board, EAB (2016-2017), and many of its committees. He is a Board Member of the ComSoc Board of Governors (2014-2015, 2018-2019, and 2020-2021), and a Board Member of the ComSoc Educational Services Board (2012-2019). He is the ComSoc Director, Industry Communities (2020-2021); and served as the society’s Director for Standards Development (2018-2019) and Conference Operations (2014-2015). He is a founding/active member of several ComSoc technical committees and was elected Chair of the Transmission, Access, and Optical Systems (TAOS) Technical Committee for two terms. Tarek has served as symposium chair, workshops Chair, and organizer in several ICC/Globecom Conferences, and organized/chaired the ICC/Globecom International Workshop on Optical Networking Technologies (IWONT) for 10 years. He is also a member of the IEEE Computer, Electron Devices, Photonics, and Education Societies.
Dr. El-Bawab has B.Sc. in electrical engineering and B.A. in history, both from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt. He holds M.Sc. in solid-state science from the American University in Cairo, and an M.Sc. in telecommunications and information systems from the University of Essex, UK. He obtained his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Colorado State University.