Electrical engineering professor, student win IEEE Best Paper Award

Dr. Xi Zhang, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, has won the prestigious Best Paper Award at the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (IEEE WCNC) 2010.Zhang, center, receives his best paper award.This is Zhang's second Best Paper Award within the year; he also won an IEEE Globecom Best Paper Award.Zhang presented his current paper at the IEEE WCNC 2010, where he received the award. Only two papers from the IEEE WCNC 2010 Wireless Networking Symposium were selected to receive the award. Zhang and his student co-author, Hang Su, won the award for their paper, "Power-Efficient Periodic Spectrum Sensing for Cognitive MAC in Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks."The IEEE WCNC has been the premier IEEE conference focusing on the cutting-edge research in the areas of communications and networking theories, systems and engineering applications. The annual IEEE WCNC 2010 was held in Sydney, Australia, April 18-21. The conference spanned the entire range of global achievements, innovations and advances in the areas of communications and networking technologies, offering in-depth information on the latest developments promoting the next generation of voice, data, image and multimedia communications and networking techniques.Zhang began working for the department in 2002 after receiving his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science (electrical engineering systems) from The University of Michigan. He received the National Science Foundation's (NSF) CAREER Award in 2004 for his research in the areas of mobile wireless and multicast networking and systems, and the Best Paper Awards in the IEEE Globecom 2007 and 2009. He also received the TEES Select Young Faculty Award for Excellence in Research Performance from the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M in 2006. He currently is serving as an editor, associate editor or guest editor for numerous publications and has frequently served as the panelist on the NSF's research-proposal review panels. He also is serving or has served as chair, co-chair and vice-chair of numerous symposiums, conferences and workshops. http://www.ece.tamu.edu/NewsAndEvents/Newsletter/Vol11No1/news_zhang_paper2.php