American Univesity of Beirut

Prestigious international teaching award granted to AUB Associate Professor Youssef Tawk

​​​​Sally Abou Melhem, Office of Communications,​​

AUB Associate Professor Youssef Tawk received the 2021 IEEE Donald Dudley Jr. Undergraduate Teaching Award from the IEEE Antennas and Propagation society this December, for his “innovation in teaching excellence, for his passionate and enthusiastic mentoring, and for advancing students' education through technology-aided classes, experiments, projects, and research."

The award is presented annually and recognizes outstanding and original contributions to engineering education by an individual at the early stage of her or his career as an educator in the general field of electromagnetics including theory, analytical solutions, numerical methods, antennas, propagation, phenomena visualization, and measurements. It aims to “recognize an individual who exemplifies the special human qualities of Donald G. Dudley, Jr., whose exemplary career in teaching and research represents the highest qualities of service."

In his acceptance speech delivered online during the annual award ceremony, Dr. Tawk said, “this award is dear to my heart since I believe that teaching is in my blood. It is through teaching that we educate the future generation of engineers who will definitely shape the destiny of our world."  In a conversation with Dr. Tawk, he expressed how much this significant award is humbling to him and how proud he is that he received such an honor, which he considers a testimony of the distinguished quality of education at AUB.


About the awardee

Dr. Youssef Tawk is an associate professor at AUB's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. He received his PhD degree from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, US in 2011.Throughout his education and career, Dr. Tawk has received several awards and honors such as the Science and Technology Innovation award for his patents on deployable as well as 3D printed antenna systems in 2020, on reconfigurable microwave filters in 2018, and on innovating optically controlled antenna systems in 2014. In addition, Dr. Tawk received in 2011 the IEEE Albuquerque Chapter Outstanding Graduate award. He has more than 150 top tier journal and conference papers, many of which received finalist positions and honorable mentions in several paper contests.

He is the co-author of two books and one book chapter, and co-inventor on seven US patents. His research interests include modern communication systems for the Internet of Things, 5G and beyond, reconfigurable RF systems for microwave and millimeter-wave applications, cognitive radio, optically controlled antennas and radio frequency components, phased antenna arrays, and reconfigurable phase shifters based on advanced additive manufacturing techniques.

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