Alum Ahmed Arafa to join UNC Charlotte faculty this fall

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Alumnus Ahmed Arafa (ECE Ph.D. 2017), an information theorist whose dissertation was on "Energy Harvesting Communication Networks with System Costs," will be joining the University of North Carolina Charlotte faculty this fall. He will be a tenure-track assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department there. At Maryland, Arafa was advised by Professor Sennur Ulukus (ECE/ISR). He recently completed a postdoctoral appointment at Princeton with Vincent Poor.

His PhD thesis won the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering's annual Distinguished Dissertation award in 2017. He also was part of the Clark School's Future Faculty Fellows program.

Arafa's current research focuses on developing fundamental solutions for latency and security issues in current and emerging applications in communications and control. He uses mathematical tools drawn from optimization, wireless communications and information theory to develop such solutions, with the applications spanning the internet of things (IoT), cyber-physical systems (CPSs), next generation cellular systems and light fidelity (LiFi).

Published June 10, 2019