November 2, 2016
Congratulations to Behnaam Aazhang, J.S. Abercrombie Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, on receiving an honorary doctorate from the University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland. The title is the highest honor that the university, one of the largest in Finland, can bestow.
Dr. Aazhang holds an Academy of Finland Distinguished Visiting Professorship appointment (FiDiPro) in the Center for Wireless Communication at the University of Oulu. He was also a Visiting Professor at the Telecommunications Laboratory at University of Oulu.
Dr. Aazhang will travel to Oulu in May 2017 for the degree conferral ceremony. At the ceremony Dr. Aazhang will receive the doctor's hat and sword, following medieval tradition. The doctor's hat symbolizes liberty, scholarship and freedom of research. The sword, presented at the sword-whetting ceremony the evening before degree conferral, symbolizes the scholar's fight for what she/he has found to be good, right and true. Each honoree will sharpen his/her sword upon receipt using a grindstone dampened with champagne.
Behnaam Aazhang received his B.S. (with highest honors), M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1981, 1983, and 1986, respectively. From 1981 to 1985, he was a Research Assistant in the Coordinated Science Laboratory, University of Illinois. In August 1985, he joined the faculty of Rice University, Houston, Texas, where he is now the J.S. Abercrombie Professor and Director of the Cluster on Neuroengineering within the Gulf Coast Consortium, a multi-university research center in Houston, Texas. He is a founding member of the Rice Center for Neuroengineering. He served as the Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 2004-2014, and served as the founding director of Rice’s Center for Multimedia Communications from 1998-2006.
Dr. Aazhang's research interests are in the areas of communication theory, information theory, signal processing, and their applications to wireless communication, wireless networks, and neuroengineering with emphasis on closed-loop neuro-modulation and modeling of neuronal circuits connectivity and the impact of learning on connections in the circuits.