Professor Fady Alajaji has been appointed Acting Head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics for a one-year term commencing July 1, 2013.
Fady Alajaji (S'90 - M'94 - SM'00) received the B.E. degree with distinction from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park, all in electrical engineering, in 1988, 1990 and 1994, respectively. He then held a postdoctoral appointment in 1994 at the Institute for Systems Research, University of Maryland.
In 1995, he joined the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, where he is currently a Professor of Mathematics and Engineering. From 2003 to 2008, he served as chair of the Queen's Mathematics and Engineering program. Since 1997, he has also been cross-appointed in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the same university. His research interests include information theory, joint source-channel coding, error control coding, data compression and digital communications.
Dr. Alajaji currently serves as Area Editor for Source-Channel Coding and Signal Processing and as Editor for Source and Source/Channel Coding for the IEEE Transactions on Communications. He served as organizer and Technical Program Committee member for several international conferences and workshops. He received the Premier's Research Excellence Award from the Province of Ontario in recognition for his research in ``the theory and practice of joint source-channel coding in telecommunication systems.''