Dr. Ismail Guvenc (Fellow, IEEE) received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of South Florida in 2006. He was with Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs in 2005, with DOCOMO Innovations between 2006-2012, and with Florida International University between 2012-2016. Since 2016, he has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University, serving as a Full Professor since 2020. His recent research interests include 5G wireless systems, communications and networking with drones, and heterogeneous wireless networks. He has published more than 130 conference/journal papers and book chapters, and several standardization contributions. He co-authored/co-edited four books for Cambridge University Press and John Wiley & Sons, and served as an editor for IEEE Communications Letters (2010-2015), IEEE Wireless Communications Letters (2011-2016), IEEE Trans. Wireless Communications (2016-2021), Elsevier Physical Communications (2019-2020), and IEEE Trans. Communications (2020-Present), and as a guest editor for ten special issues for various journals. Dr. Guvenc is an inventor/coinventor of over 30 U.S. patents. He is the PI and the director for the NSF AERPAW project and the NC State site director for the NSF BWAC I/UCRC center. He is an IEEE Fellow, a senior member of the U.S. National Academy of Inventors, and a recipient of several awards, including the NC State University Faculty Scholar Award (2021), R. Ray Bennett Faculty Fellow Award (2019), FIU COE Faculty Research Award (2016), NSF CAREER Award (2015), Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Award (2014), and USF Outstanding Dissertation Award (2006).


  • Ph.D. 2006
    Electrical Engineering
    University of South Florida, Tampa
  • Master's 2003
    Electrical and Computer Engineering
    University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
  • Bachelor's 2001
    Electrical Engineering
    Bilkent University, Turkey


  • IEEE ComSoc Fellow Evaluation Committee
    Member (3 year term, 2021-2023)
  • National Spectrum Consortium
    NC State Point of Contact (2016-Present)
  • NSF AERPAW Platform
    Lead PI and Project Director (2019-Present)
  • NSF BWAC I/UCRC Center
    NC State Site Director (2019-Present)
  • IEEE Transactions on Communications
    Editor (2020-Present)
  • IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
    Editor (2016-2021)
  • Elsevier Physical Communications
    Editor (2019-2020)
  • IEEE Wireless Communications Letters
    Editor (2011-2016)
  • IEEE Communications Letters
    Editor (2010-2015)

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