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King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals

Electrical Engineering Department

Bugshan/Bell Labs Chair Professor



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Asrar U.H. Sheikh graduated from the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan with first class honors degree in 1964 and received his M. Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Birmingham, England, in 1966 and 1969 respectively. Professor Sheikh has vast experience in education and research in several developing and developed countries. He held positions in Pakistan, Iran, UK, and Libya before joining Carleton University, Ottawa in 1981, first as an Associate Professor and later as a Professor and Associate Chairman for Graduate Studies. He was a Professor and Associate Head of the Department of Electronic and Information Engineering at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where he established the Wireless Information Systems Research (WISR) Centre. In March 2000, he joined KFUPM as Bugshan/Bell Lab Chair in Telecommunications, the first chair professorship in Saudi Arabia. At KFUPM, he established Telecommunications Research Laboratory (TRL). He also established teaching laboratories in Iran and Libya. He held the position of the Rector, Foundation University Islamabad, Pakistan during his leave of absence from KFUPM last year.


Professor Sheikh is the author of a recently published book, Wireless Communications – Theory & Techniques published by Springer, USA in 2004. Earlier he contributed a chapter on wireless communications in a book on Telecommunications in Canada in 1986. He has published over 270 papers in international journals and conference proceedings. He also authored or co-authored 32 technical reports. Dr. Sheikh has delivered several keynote speeches at international conferences. Dr. Sheikh also received several honours and awards - 1984 Paul Adorian Premium from IERE (London), Teaching Achievement Awards in 1984 and 1986, and Research Achievement Award in 1994 (Carleton University), and Research Excellence Awards (College of Engineering Sciences, KFUPM) in 2005 and 2006.


He Chaired the Technical Program of IEEE-VTC’98, ISWSN’03 and IEEE-ISWSN’05. He was the Vice-chair TPC of IEEE-GCC 2006 held in Bahrain. He has been member of Technical Program Committees of many international conferences and organized and chaired many technical sessions. Professor Sheikh has delivered many invited keynote lectures in international conferences. He was an editor of IEEE Transaction on Wireless Communications (2003-05), and was a Technical Associate Editor of IEEE Communication Magazine (2000-2001). He is on the Editorial Board of Wireless Personal Communications, and Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing, the two highly rated international journals.


Dr. Sheikh has been consultant to many private companies and government agencies. His other interests include helping developing countries in education and research. He held assignments under UNDP's sustained Development Program. Dr. Sheikh is listed in Marquis’s Who’s Who in the world and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering. He is a member of Institution of Engineers Pakistan. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of the IET (London).


Contact Information

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KFUPM, P.O.Box 167, Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia

Office Location

Building 59, Room 1064


Research Interests

My current interests are in signal processing in communications, modeling and mitigation of interference in wireless communications, radio propagation modeling, equalization, spread spectrum and 3G and beyond wireless communication systems.


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