mahmoudMohamed Mahmoud, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Tennessee Tech University, is one of four authors to win a highly competitive international paper award at the 2016 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Wireless Communications and Networking Conference.

“This award is a great honor for a junior faculty member and I am very thankful for the many congratulations I received from well-known professors, not only in the U.S., but around the world,” Mahmoud said.

Zaher Haddad, Imane A. Saroit, Sanaa Taha and Mahmoud won Best Paper Award of the Mobile and Wireless Networks Track for their paper titled “Secure and Efficient Uniform handover scheme for LTE-A Networks.”

Haddad is a former student of Mahmoud’s and worked with him in the lab as a visiting scholar for more than six months; Saroit serves as the Dean of Computer Science at Cairo University; and Taha was a colleague of Mahmoud’s at his alma mater, University of Waterloo.

Papers were pre-selected based on reviewer scores and then evaluated by a committee consisting of Track Chairs and other senior colleagues.

The typical acceptance ratio for papers in this competition is about one-third and only one paper is selected for each of the four tracks.

“Writing the paper took more than a year and this award has shed the light on my research, increasing the visibility of my lab’s research activities in the relevant research society,” Mahmoud said.

A conference banquet was held in Doha, Qatar, to honor the winners.

The IEEE WCNC is an international conference focused exclusively on wireless research, technology and applications. Leaders from industry, academia, government agencies and other institutions are able to come together to exchange information and ideas on advancing state-of-the-art wireless communications and networking.

“The positive feedback I have received from winning this award has helped pave the way for me receiving other national and international grants,” Mahmoud said.