Hussein Mouftah
Hussein Mouftah
Distinguished University Professor
Canada Research Chair in Optical Networks


STE 5078
613-562-5800 ext. 2173


Hussein T. Mouftah is an internationally-acclaimed scholar who has made significant contributions to the understanding and knowledge of telecommunication networks, particularly in regard to high-speed networks, optical networks, network switching architectures, wireless cellular as well as ad hoc and sensor networks, smart grid, connected and autonomous electric vehicles, among other technical areas related to the next-generation Internet – the so-called Internet-of-Things. Born in Alexandria, Egypt, he received the BSc in Electrical Engineering and MSc in Computer Science from the University of Alexandria, Egypt, in 1969 and 1972, respectively, and the PhD in Electrical Engineering from Laval University, Canada, in 1975. He joined the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (was School of Information Technology and Engineering) of the University of Ottawa in 2002 as a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair Professor, where he became a University Distinguished Professor in 2006. He has been with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Queen's University (1979-2002), where he was prior to his departure a Full Professor and the Department Associate Head.

He has six years of industrial experience mainly at Bell Northern Research of Ottawa (Nortel Networks). He served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Communications Magazine (1995-97) and IEEE ComSoc Director of Magazines (1998-99), Chair of the Awards Committee (2002-03), Director of Education (2006-07), and Member of the Board of Governors (1997-99 and 2006-07). He has been a Distinguished Speaker of the IEEE Communications Society (2000-2007). He is the author or coauthor of 12 books, 73 book chapters and more than 1500 technical papers, 16 patents, 6 invention disclosures and 148 industrial reports. He is the joint holder of 24 Best/Outstanding Paper Awards.

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Awards and achievements

  • 2017 C.C. Gotlieb Medal in Computer Engineering and Science
  • 2016 R.A. Fessenden Medal in Telecommunications Engineering of IEEE Canada
  • 2016 Distinguished Technical Achievement Award in Communications Switching and Routing of IEEE Communications Society Communications Switching and Routing Technical Committee
  • 2015 IEEE Ottawa Section Outstanding Educator Award
  • 2014 Engineering Institute of Canada K. Y. Lo Medal for Significant Engineering Contributions at the International Level
  • 2014 Technical Achievement Award in Wireless Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks of the IEEE Communications Society Technical Committee on Wireless Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks
  • 2007 Royal Society of Canada Thomas W. Eadie Medal, the 2007–2008 University of Ottawa Award for Excellence in Research
  • 2008 ORION Leadership Award of Merit, the 2006 IEEE Canada McNaughton Gold Medal for his exemplary contributions to the engineering profession in Canada
  • 2006 EIC Julian Smith Medal for Achievement in the Development of Canada
  • 2004 IEEE ComSoc Edwin Howard Armstrong Achievement Award
  • 2004 George S. Glinski Award for Excellence in Research of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Engineering
  • 1989 Engineering Medal for Research and Development of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario
    the Ontario Distinguished Researcher Award of the Ontario Innovation Trust

Dr. Mouftah is a Fellow of the IEEE (1990), the Canadian Academy of Engineering (2003), the Engineering Institute of Canada (2005) and the Royal Society of Canada RSC Academy of Science (2008).

Research interests

  • Computer Networks
  • Optical Networking
  • Wireless Communication Networks
  • Wireless Sensor Networks