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Nirwan Ansari

Nirwan Ansari is a professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering in NJIT’s Newark College of Engineering (NCE).   The National Science Foundation (NSF) has funded several of his research projects including efforts to provide services to a growing set of traffic classes in next-generation networks, to develop green communications and networking and to make the communications infrastructure more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly.  Ansari has also led an NSF international collaboration between Japan and the U.S. to find advanced security technologies for next-generation ubiquitous networks.  

Ansari, who is an IEEE Fellow, is a prolific researcher, writer and editor and has co-authored more than 160 refereed journal articles, more than 220 refereed conference papers, and more than 25 book chapters.  He is the co-inventor of 18 issued U.S. patents and has been selected to deliver keynote addresses, distinguished lectures, tutorials and invited talks around the world.  He was the co-author of Computational Intelligence for Optimization (Springer, 1997) and will again be the co-author of the soon-to-be released Media Access Control and Resource Allocation for Next Generation Passive Optical Networks (Springer).  He was also the co-editor of Neural Networks in Telecommunications (Springer, 1994) and served on the editorial and advisory boards of eight journals. From 2006-2009, he was senior technical editor of the IEEE Communications Magazine. 

He has been elected to serve in the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Board of Governors as a member-at-large (2013-2014) as well as IEEE Region 1 Board of Governors as the IEEE North Jersey Section.  He has also chaired technical committees, and has assumed leadership roles organizing IEEE International conferences, symposia and workshops.

His honors include an IEEE Leadership Award (Central Jersey/Princeton Section, 2007) and an IEEE Region 1 Award (1999); the NJIT Excellence in Teaching Award in Outstanding Professional Development (2008), the NJIT Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award (1998) and the NCE Excellence in Teaching Award (2009); and several best paper awards.  He has also received the IEEE MGA Leadership Award (2008); Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award (2010) from the NJ Research and Development Council and the NJ Inventors Hall of Fame, Inventor of the Year Award (2012).  He was a distinguished lecturer for two terms of the IEEE Communications Society from 2006-2009.

He received his doctorate from Purdue University.

Last update: October 22, 2012

Topics: broadband networks, multimedia communications, security technologies, next-generation ubiquitous networks