Engineering’s Dr. Fauzia Ahmad Named to Prestigious International Society Technical Committee

Research Professor Fauzia Ahmad, PhD, Director of CAC Radar Imaging Laboratory
Research Professor Fauzia Ahmad, PhD, Director of CAC Radar Imaging Laboratory

Research Professor Fauzia Ahmad, PhD, director of Villanova University’s Center for Advanced Communications’ (CAC) Radar Imaging Laboratory, has been named a member of the Sensor Array and Multichannel Technical Committee (SAM-TC). Part of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Signal Processing Society, SAM-TC promotes activities within the technical fields of sensor array processing and multi-channel statistical signal processing.

Since joining the College of Engineering in 2002, Dr. Ahmad has helped elevate the status of the CAC, while at the same time establishing herself as one of the nation’s leading experts in radar imaging, radar signal processing, array signal processing and compressive sensing. In the past year, her accomplishments have led to a number of professional opportunities and impressive research grants. In 2014, she was appointed an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, and elected to the radar systems panel of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society. She also has chaired the International Society of Optics and Photonics’ (SPIE) annual Compressive Sensing Conference since 2012. In addition to serving in a number of professional associations, Dr. Ahmad has authored more than 170 journal articles, book chapters and peer-reviewed conference papers on a wide range of signal processing topics. A $100,000 grant from the Army Research Office and the Army Research Lab is supporting Dr. Ahmad’s current research on “Compressive Sensing Based Approaches for Low-Signature Target Detection and Imaging.”

In addition to promoting activities within its area of technical interest, SAM-TC is required to provide expertise and assistance with the review of papers for journal and magazine editors and society conferences; the organization and operation of independent symposia, seminars, and workshops, or sessions at technical meetings of the Society or of the IEEE; nominations in the Society awards process; development of appropriate IEEE standards within scope; and management of its own membership.

In announcing the 12 new and returning members, SAM-TC Chair Peter Willett, PhD, University of Connecticut, noted, “Not only are these dozen names fantastic news for our board, but they also enhance our diversity geographically and demographically.” SAM-TC members represent the U.S. and Canada and several European countries, as well as Taiwan, Singapore and China, Israel and Australia.