Samir M. El-Ghazaly


Samir M. El-Ghazaly is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Arkansas. He just completed two detail assignments at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF): From August 2013 to August 2016, he served as the Director of the Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems at NSF. This Division supports research in advanced areas of critical importance for the U.S. economy and defense. From September 2009 to August 2012, he served as a Program Director for Electronics, Photonics and Magnetic Devices in the Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems.

Dr. El-Ghazaly received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1988 from The University of Texas at Austin. After graduation, he joined Arizona State University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, where he became Associate Professor in 1993 and Professor in 1998. From August 2002 to July 2007, he served as the Head of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. From August 2007 to June 2013, he was the Head of Department of Electrical Engineering and holder of the Twenty-First Century Leadership endowed Chair in Electrical Engineering at University of Arkansas.

Dr. El-Ghazaly is the 2018 Vice President of IEEE and the Chair of the Publication Services and Products Board. He is a Fellow of IEEE. He was the chairman of Commissions A and D of the U.S. National Committee of URSI. He was the General Chairman of the IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium, Phoenix, Arizona, May 2001. He was the President of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (2010). He served as the Chair of the IEEE-Technical Activities Board’s Periodicals Committee (2012-13), the Vice Chair of the IEEE Publications Services and Products Board (2013), and the Chair of the IEEE-TAB Periodical Review and Advisory Committee (2014-15).



News about new technologies and innovative applications are announced every day: autonomous cars, 5G communication systems, and personalized medicine are just examples; and the list keeps increasing. These advanced technologies dramatically alter our life as they impact the way we perform our daily functions. Also, they have significant impact on economy and national security. However, these technological innovations do not develop suddenly. Several years of basic and advanced research followed up with development activities always precede these inventions. Therefore, scientific research is not a luxury that only developed countries could afford. It is a vital necessity for every modern society. It is even more essential in developing countries and for societies aspiring to catch up.

This talk consists of two parts. The first part reviews key current and imminent innovations in the field of electrical and computer engineering. Recent trends and future research directions will be discussed. Moreover, societal, economic and political factors influencing research directions worldwide will be presented.

In the second part of the talk, IEEE rules governing publications will be briefly discussed. To prepare a manuscript for publication in an IEEE conference or journal, authors are expected to apply high technical standards and adhere to established ethical principles. Some of these expectations will be presented.