Behnaam Aazhang
J.S. Abercrombie Professor,                         Electrical and Computer Engineering                   Rice University

aaz at rice dot edu

B.S. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1981)
M.S.  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1983)
Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1986)

Behnaam Aazhang received his B.S. (with highest honors), M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1981, 1983, and 1986, respectively. In May 2017 he will receive a D.Sc. (Honorary Doctorate) from the University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland.

From 1981 to 1985, he was a Research Assistant in the Coordinated Science Laboratory, University of Illinois. In August 1985, he joined the faculty of Rice University, Houston, Texas, where he is now the J.S. Abercrombie Professor and Director of the Cluster on Neuroengineering within the Gulf Coast Consortium, a multi-university research center in Houston, Texas. In addition, Dr. Aazhang holds an Academy of Finland Distinguished Professor Program (FiDiPro) working in the Center for Wireless Communication (CWC) at the University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland. He is a founding member of the Rice Center for Neuroengineering. He served as the Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 2004-2014, and served as the founding director of Rice’s Center for Multimedia Communications from 1998-2006.

His research interests are in the areas of communication theory, information theory, signal processing, and their applications to wireless communication, wireless networks, and neuroengineering with emphasis on closed-loop neuro-modulation and modeling of neuronal circuits connectivity and the impact of learning on connections in the circuits.