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Computer science professor named IEEE Fellow

Dr. Yang Xiao headshot

Dr. Yang Xiao

A professor in the College of Engineering has been recognized by an international organization for his extensive research on Wi-Fi standardization.

Dr. Yang Xiao, a professor in The University of Alabama Department of Computer Science, has been named an IEEE Fellow for the class of 2020.

“IEEE Fellow is recognized internationally and it is a prestigious honor,” Xiao said.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers is one of the world’s leading professional associations for advancing technology with more than 400,000 members in 160 countries. Becoming an IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership. Xiao is being recognized for his work with wireless medium access control as well as his various research topics.

Xiao has been a member of IEEE for 20 years and is appreciative of this distinguished international honor. He is currently the only professor at The University of Alabama to hold this title.

Some of Xiao’s research interests are in security, smart grid, telemedicine and cyber physical systems. He has published over 280 Science Citation Index journal papers and more than 250 Ei Compendex conference papers. He currently supervises five doctorate students in computer security and networking areas. In the past, he has supervised 12 doctoral dissertations at UA.

Becoming an IEEE Fellow is highly recognized and serves as an outstanding professional accomplishment. Members can be considered for the award if they have made significant contributions as a research engineer/scientist, application engineer/practitioner, technical leader or educator.

This fellowship is awarded by nomination and nominees must be a senior member five years prior for consideration. The award is bestowed by the IEEE Board of Directors to the candidate with outstanding accomplishments in the IEEE fields of interest. Each step of the way is highly calculated to guarantee the deserving members gain recognition.

The IEEE publishes 30 percent of the world’s literature in the computer science and electronic engineering fields. The association recognizes that UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in research and intellectual engagement.

In 1837, The University of Alabama became one of the first five universities in the nation to offer engineering classes. Today, UA’s College of Engineering has more than 5,800 students and more than 130 faculty. In recent years, students in the College have been named USA Today All-USA College Academic Team members, Goldwater, Hollings, Portz, Boren, Mitchell and Truman scholars.