Ismail Guvenc

 Engineering Building II (EB2) 3060
 Campus Box 7911


Dr. Ismail Guvenc (Fellow, IEEE) received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from University of South Florida in 2006. He was with Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs during 2005, with DOCOMO Innovations between 2006-2012, and with Florida International University between 2012-2016. Since 2016, he has been an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University. 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 three books for Cambridge University Press, served as an editor for IEEE Communications Letters (2010-2015) and IEEE Wireless Communications Letters (2011-present), and as a guest editor for several other journals. Dr. Guvenc is an inventor/coinventor some 30 U.S. patents. He is a recipient of the FIU College of Engineering Faculty Research Award (2016), NSF CAREER Award (2015), Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement 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

Research Focus

  • Communications and Signal Processing
  • Networking

Funded Research

Awards & Honors

  • 2016 - FIU College of Engineering Faculty Research Award
  • 2015 - NSF CAREER Award
  • 2014 - Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award
  • 2006 - USF Graduate School Outstanding Dissertation Award

Recent News

NC State ECE Faculty Members Ranked as Top Electronics and Electrical Engineers in United States

Posted on March 3, 2022 | Filed Under: News

Fourteen ECE faculty members have been ranked as the Top Electronics and Electrical Engineering Scientists in the United States.

Guvenc and Kudenov named University Faculty Scholars

Posted on January 29, 2021 | Filed Under: Faculty

Congratulations to Ismail Guvenc and Michael Kudenov on being named University Faculty Scholars this year, recognizing their outstanding achievements in research and teaching.

Guvenc and Lu Elevated to IEEE Fellows

Posted on December 1, 2020 | Filed Under: Faculty

Two NC State ECE professors–Ismail Guvenc and Ning Lu–were honored with elevation to IEEE Fellow in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the field of electrical and computer engineering.

Recent Media Mentions

Why this NC State project could accelerate drone entrepreneurship

November 10, 2021

Entrepreneurs looking to monetize 5G networks “and beyond” have a new tool thanks to a national effort spearheaded by a research team at North Carolina State University. AERPAW, a project designed to accelerate the integration of unmanned aerial systems – also known as drones – is now generally available, a development officials say could give Triangle companies the upper hand.


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