Attila Keszei Christopher Perumalla

Professor Frank Kschischang

Award of Excellence 2010 recipient

Faculty Award

A brilliant researcher, a gifted speaker and a beloved mentor. He is a man who strives for the perfect balance between elegant mathematics and solving practically relevant engineering problems. Professor Kschischang is one the teaching and research stars in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering.

Professor Kschischang is a world leader in communications and information theory. He is a Tier I Canada Research Chair and Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and of the Engineering Institute of Canada. He also won the 1999 Premier’s Research Excellence Award and is a 2010 recipient of the prestigious Killam Research Fellowship. One of his papers was recently awarded the 2010 IEEE Communications Society and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award.

His peers shower him with praise, but it is his students, and former students, who may see the best in him. Benjamin Smith, a graduate student who has worked with Professor Kschischang at the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, says the professor “routinely elucidates difficult concepts by providing the perfect mix of physical intuition, practical relevance and mathematical rigour…he presents digital communications within a mathematical framework that is both elegant and insightful, in a manner that is accessible to undergraduate students.”

Professor Kschischang has played a profound role as a mentor to his graduate students. Ten of the 12 PhD students and half-dozen postdoctoral fellows he has supervised now hold faculty positions in Universities across Canada, and in the U.S. and Australia.