Below are the candidates for IEEE Division III Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect, 2021; Delegate/Director, 2022-2023.

Division III: Communications Society

The sequence of candidates was determined by lottery and indicates no preference

Khaled B. Letaief

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(Nominated by IEEE Division III)

New Bright Professor of Engineering and Chair Professor
Electronic and Computer Engineering Department
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)
Clear Water Bay, Hong Kong


Dr. Letaief received his Ph.D. from Purdue University, USA. He is Chair Professor at HKUST where he held key management positions, including Dean of Engineering.  Under his leadership, HKUST dazzled in rankings, rising to #14 worldwide according to QS World University Rankings.

He is recognized for his distinguished accomplishments across IEEE, most notably as ComSoc President.  He served as IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications founding Editor-in-Chief and in many IEEE leadership positions.

He is an internationally-acclaimed scientist with over 640 papers, 13 US patents, and 6 contributions to IEEE standards.  He is IEEE Fellow, HKIE Fellow, and ISI highly-cited researcher with over 35,700 citations and an 86 h-index.  He received other distinctions including 2019 IEEE ComSoc/IT Society Joint Paper Award; 2016 IEEE Marconi Prize Award in Wireless Communications; 2011 IEEE ComSoc Harold Sobol Award; 2010 Purdue University Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award; and over 16 IEEE Best Paper Awards.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

Over 30 years, I had the privilege to demonstrate my commitment and leadership by enthusiastically serving IEEE members in many different positions at the Institute and Society levels. Serving as ComSoc President was particularly rewarding and allowed me to enhance ComSoc’s products and services, including publications, conferences, and online content.

Some of my recent accomplishments, as ComSoc President, include significantly improving Society’s finances (reaching US$2.9 Million surplus in 2019 from a budget deficit in 2017); revamping ComSoc’s website, reversing membership decline (particularly students who witnessed a 62% increase); and introducing novel programs targeting students, young professionals, women, and practitioners. My major activities include:


  • TAB Periodicals Committee Member, 2020 and 2013-14
  • Technical Activities Board (TAB) Member, 2018-19
  • Publications Services and Products Board (PSPB) Member-at-Large, 2012-14
  • Fellow Strategic Planning Committee Member, 2014
  • Fellow Committee Member, 2013-14
  • PSPB Strategic Planning Committee Member, 2014
  • PSPB Nominations and Appointments Committee Member, 2012
  • TAB/PSPB Products and Services Committee Member, 2009-11
  • IEEE Access Editorial Board, 2013-15.



  • President, 2018-19
  • Vice-President Technical Activities, 2014-15
  • Vice-President Conferences, 2010-11
  • Director of Journals, 2016-17
  • Treasurer, 2012-13
  • Fellow Evaluation Committee, 2009-11
  • Board of Governors Elected Member-at-Large, 2006-08
  • Chair: IEEE WCNC Steering Committee (2013-18); Technical Activities Council (2014-15); Finance Committee (2012-13); Conference Council (2010-11); Wireless Communications Technical Committee (2003-04).



  • General Chair/Co-Chair: IEEE GLOBECOM’23, Malaysia (2023); IEEE WCMC’13, Italy (2013); IEEE ICCC’12, China (2012); IEEE TTM’11, Hong Kong (2011); IEEE WCNC’07, Hong Kong (2007); IEEE WCNS Symposium, USA (2004)
  • Executive Vice-Chair, IEEE GLOBECOM’18, UAE, 2018
  • Vice-General Chair, IEEE ICC’10, South Africa, 2010
  • Co-TPC, IEEE ICC’08, China, 2008.



  • Editor, Proceedings of the IEEE, 2020
  • Editor-at-Large, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, 2007-10
  • Founding Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, 2002-06
  • Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Journal Selected Areas on Communications-Wireless Series, 2001-02
  • Editor, IEEE Transactions on Communications, 1997-02
  • Technical Editor, IEEE Communications Magazine, 1997-2005.



Serving as ComSoc President, on TAB, and PSPB has been a unique experience that enriched me with an intimate knowledge of IEEE operations and structure.  It also allowed me to properly understand IEEE challenges and priorities.

If elected, it will be my honor to continue serving IEEE by exploiting my diverse experience on IEEE Boards and Committees.  I will use my extensive management and leadership experience to represent you and sustain IEEE as a major resource supporting members’ needs throughout the world, while bringing unique and broad perspectives to the IEEE Board of Directors.

As I demonstrated throughout my 30 years volunteer service, I commit to take on my Division Director role very seriously through active engagement and by ensuring that we focus on rejuvenating and improving business performance and member’s benefits, while developing value-added programs and products for a stronger and healthier IEEE. Of particular importance to me is reinforcing IEEE global leadership; fostering the growth in society’s membership; and boosting the role of women, practitioners, students, and young professionals in all IEEE activities.


Andrzej Jajszczyk

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(Nominated by IEEE Division III)


AGH University of Science and Technology
Krakow, Poland


Andrzej Jajszczyk is a Professor at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland. He received his Ph.D. from Poznan University of Technology. He spent several years as a visiting scientist in Australia, Canada, and France. He is the author or co-author of 12 books and over 300 technical papers, as well as 19 patents in the area of telecommunications networking. He has been a consultant to industry, telecommunications operators, and government agencies in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Poland, and the USA.


He is an IEEE Fellow, and was elected to the Polish Academy of Sciences and Academia Europaea. Andrzej Jajszczyk is Vice-President of the Kyoto-Krakow Foundation, fostering cultural and technical relations between Asia and Poland. He served as the founding Director of the National Science Centre, a Polish research funding agency. He is a member of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council (ERC).


IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

In 30 years of IEEE volunteer activities I served in a wide range of roles. I was the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Communications Magazine and Associate Editor-in-Chief of CIC/IEEE China Communications. I served on editorial boards of other renowned journals, including IEEE Transactions on Communications. I was active organizing numerous IEEE conferences. I held several positions in IEEE Communications Society, such as Director of the EMEA region, Director of Magazines, and Vice President – Technical Activities.


·         While serving as the IEEE Communications Magazine Editor-in-Chief, I introduced considerable changes within the editorial board and in the style requirements of ComMag. At the end of my term, ComMag reached the top position of the impact factor list among all world publications in the area of telecommunications. I revolutionized the publication process by introducing on-line procedures. I also founded the on-line version of ComMag, published along with its printed version.

·         I was the founding editor of the Global Communications Newsletter. I organized a network of regional correspondents covering every continent.

·         During my term as the Director of Magazines of the IEEE Communications Society, three print magazines led the impact factor ranking list. IEEE Network was ranked first, IEEE Wireless Communications was ranked second, and IEEE Communications Magazine was ranked third. I consolidated the standing of IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials.


I played an essential role in creating two new IEEE conferences, namely: IEEE Workshop on IP-oriented Operations & Management IPOM (conferences were held in Poland, Taiwan, USA, China, Ireland, and Greece) and IEEE International Workshop on Broadband Switching Systems BSS (this workshop, after merging with two other conferences, and changing the name to IEEE High Performance Switching and Routing, became the most important annual event in telecommunications switching). I was a General Co-Chair of IEEE ICC 2018, held in Kansas City, MO, USA.




The IEEE now operates in a challenging global environment plagued by pandemic and climate change. The reshaping of the telecommunications sector and deep transformation of the industry as well as the changing models of university teaching and research have set new requirements on our professional organization.


If elected, I will work to diversify, improve and enhance services offered by the IEEE to its members, including dissemination of technical information, educational services via the web, industry-oriented programs, and those related to standardization. I will use my solid experiences and leadership to confirm the leading role of our conferences, journals, and magazines by improving the reviewing quality and fairness as well as publication timeliness. I will continue my predecessors’ work to curtail cost and keep the budget in check to benefit the volunteers. I will also work to facilitate mutual exchange among IEEE Societies, while respecting their differences and addressing their specific needs.


I believe that my experiences in both the communications field and IEEE activities will help me to effectively contribute to the success of our professional organization.

Robert S. Fish

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(Nominated by IEEE Division III)

Computer Science Department

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey, USA


Robert S. Fish is an IEEE Fellow and a faculty member in the Computer Science Department of Princeton University.  He is also President of NETovations, LLC, a consulting company focused on innovation for communications and networking technologies. From 2007 to 2010, he was Chief Product Officer and Senior VP at Mformation, Inc. a startup company specializing in carrier software for mobile device management.  From 1997 to 2007, Rob was Vice President and Managing Director of Panasonic US R&D laboratories working on embedding networking into consumer devices.  Prior to this, he was Executive Director, Multimedia Communications Research at Bellcore/Telcordia where he pioneered informal video communications and presence mechanisms. He started his career at Bell Laboratories.  Besides his many publications, Dr. Fish has been awarded 17 patents.  He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Awards include the Multimedia Communications Technical Committee Distinguished Service Award and the IEEE SA’s Standards Medallion.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities


Rob is a long term ComSoc and IEEE volunteer.  In ComSoc, Rob was recently VP of Industry and Standards and prior to that, VP of Standards, and a MaL on the BoG for two terms.  He is a member of the IEEE BoD, Vice-chair of the IEEE Industry Engagement Committee, and a member of the IEEE Strategy and Alignment committee.  He was appointed by current IEEE President Fukuda to the IEEE ad-hoc on membership dues.

As Vice President of ComSoc and currently, as President of the IEEE Standards Association, he pioneered bringing research and applied engineering together to benefit both.  Industry consortia have come to ComSoc for standards development, and hybrid research/industry events like the 5G Forum are offered globally.  Under his leadership the number of standards projects in ComSoc rose by almost an order of magnitude as industrial and academic researchers from Asia, Europe, and the Americas worked together developing and governing ComSoc Standards Working Groups and Standards Committees.

In conferences, Dr. Fish worked to balance ComSoc events so that all ComSoc members, researchers and practitioners, benefited from membership and participation.  He chaired the GLOBECOM and ICC Management and Strategy Committee (GIMS), reforming the site selection process to make it geographically fair and transparent.  He was co-founder and steering committee chair of the Consumer Communications and Networking Conference (IEEE-CCNC) and served on the founding Steering Committee of the Conference on Standards for Communications and Networking (IEEE-CSCN).  He founded the IEEE ComFutures event, which brings high quality communications and networking knowledge to the interested public.

In IEEE Technical Activities, Rob served on TAB Conferences Committee and created and chaired the TA Committee on Standards.  In Publications, he helped create Communications Standards Magazine, co-edited a series in IEEE Communications Magazine on IEEE Standards in Communications and Networking, and is working to create an IEEE preprint service.


It is an honor to be nominated for Division III Director.  Communications and networking are at the core of our profession, and I welcome the challenge of representing our interests and expertise in the larger IEEE.  IEEE faces a rapidly changing environment over the next few years and I suggest facing issues boldly and aggressively.  Open Access for publications, Virtual conferences, and membership retention and growth amidst a volatile global economic climate present both challenges and opportunities for IEEE.  We need to view these changes positively, and respond rapidly with approaches that focus on creating new products, structural innovation within IEEE, and creating positive value (while containing costs) for current and new members.

Having previously served on the IEEE BoD, I know the challenges that the Division III Director will face.  If elected, I will emphasize a full innovation lifecycle approach to IEEE’s activities:  addressing important emerging technologies, fostering high quality research, and providing leadership in translating emerging technologies into standards, open source, and educational activities that benefit IEEE membership, industry and academia, and humanity.