Communications Society, Chicago Chapter

We are ComSoc, the IEEE Communications Society. We are all called to communications technology. Our reasons and regions may be widely different, but our goal is the same: To advance communications and networking technology for the betterment of humanity. Right now, in more than 140 countries around the world, tens of thousands of members are actively working as engineers, academics, practitioners, scientists, executives, and associates—contributing new ideas and information to our collective knowledge, developing higher industry standards, and changing the way we all communicate, for the better.

IEEE ComSoc Chicago Chapter Mission Statement: The IEEE ComSoc Chicago section promotes technological innovation and fosters creation and sharing of information among the technical community in the great Chicago area. The chapter provides services to Chicago members for their technical and professional advancement and forums for technical exchanges among professionals in academia, industry, and public institutions.

ChairBesma Smida (Senior Member, IEEE) received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Quebec (INRS), Montreal, QC, Canada. After completing her appointment as a Post-Doctoral Researcher and later a Lecturer at Harvard University, she became an Assistant Professor of electrical and computer engineering with Purdue University Northwest. She was a Research Engineer with the Technology Evolution and Standards Group of Microcell, Inc., (now Rogers Wireless), Montreal. She took part in wireless normalization committees (3GPP, T1P1). She is currently an Associate Professor of electrical and computer engineering with the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has served as the Chair for IEEE Women in Engineering, Chicago Section, from 2011 to 2013, and has been the Chair of IEEE Communication Chapter, Chicago Section, since 2019. She was awarded the INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine’s 2015 “100 Inspiring Women in STEM”. She received the Academic Gold Medal of the Governor General of Canada in 2007 and the NSF CAREER award in 2015.

Vice-ChairSeiran Khaledian (S’11) received her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Chicago, IL, USA, 2019. She was a member of the Networks Information Communications and Engineering Systems Laboratory at UIC where she was working on full-duplex communication systems, analog self-interference cancellation techniques, reconfigurable antenna and RF/microwave components. She joined Motorola Mobility in 2018 where she is a Staff Antenna Engineer. She is working on smart phone antenna design for products at the edge of the technology such as the first Foldable smartphone and 5G products. She holds several patents and many published researches in the pre-reviewed IEEE journals.