Data Centers and Cloud Computing; High-speed networking and switching; Wireless networking
Mounir Hamdi is a Professor Emeritus at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He is an IEEE Fellow for contributions to design and analysis of high-speed packet switching.
He received the BS degree in Electrical Engineering - Computer Engineering minor (with distinction) from the University of Louisiana in 1985, and the MS and the PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1987 and 1991, respectively.
He has been a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at HKUST since 1991, where he was a founding member of the University and the Department and became a Chair Professor in 2010. From 2008-2013, he served as the Head of the Department that has around 800 undergraduate and graduate students. He was the Director of the Computer Engineering Program (for 10 years) that has around 330 undergraduate students, Director of the Master of Science in Information Technology (for 3 years) which has more than 150 graduate students, and Director of the Computer Engineering research Lab. He is/was a member of the University Senate and University Council. In 1999 to 2000 he held visiting professor positions at Stanford University, USA, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland. His general area of research is in high-speed wired/wireless networking in which he has published around 300 research publications, received numerous research grants, and graduated more 30 graduate students. In addition, he has frequently consulted for companies and governmental organizations in the USA, Europe and Asia on high-performance Internet routers and switches as well as high-speed wireless LANs. He is a frequent keynote speaker in International Conferences and Forums.
Prof. Hamdi is/was on the Editorial Board of various prestigious journals and magazines including IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Communication Magazine, Computer Networks, Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing, and Parallel Computing as well as a guest editor of IEEE Communications Magazine, guest editor-in-chief of two special issues of IEEE Journal on Selected Areas of Communications, and a guest editor of Optical Networks Magazine. He has chaired more than 20 international conferences and workshops including The IEEE International High Performance Switching and Routing Conference, the IEEE GLOBECOM/ICC Optical networking workshop, the IEEE ICC High-speed Access Workshop, and the IEEE IPPS HiNets Workshop, and has been on the program committees of more than 200 international conferences and workshops. He was the Chair of IEEE Communications Society Technical Committee on Transmissions, Access and Optical Systems, and Vice-Chair of the Optical Networking Technical Committee, as well as member of the ComSoc technical activities council. He received the best paper award at the IEEE International Conference on Communications in 2009 and the IEEE International Conference on Information and Networking in 1998. He also supervised the best PhD paper award amongst all universities in Hong Kong.
In addition to his commitment to research and professional service, he is also a dedicated teacher and renowned quality-assurance educator. He received the best 10 lecturers award (through university-wide student voting for all university faculty held once a year), the distinguished engineering teaching appreciation award from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and various grants targeted towards the improvement of teaching methodologies, delivery and technology. He is frequently involved in higher education quality assurance activities as well as engineering programs accreditation.