Ali Abedi graduated from National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents in 1992 with diploma in Mathematics and Physics. He has received his B.Sc and M.Sc degrees in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology and his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering, from University of Waterloo in 1996, 1998, and 2004, respectively, all with focus on Communication Systems. From 1998 to 2000 he was with the department of Electrical Engineering at the Air-Force University as lecturer and director of undergraduate research center. He worked as lecturer at the University of Waterloo and adjunct professor at Queen’s University in 2004 and 2005 teaching graduate and undergraduate courses, and conducting research funded by NSERC.
Dr. Abedi joined the University of Maine, Orono in 2005, where he is currently a tenured Full Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Cooperating Professor of Computing and Information Sciences. He is also serving as Assistant Vice President for Research (since 2018) and Director of Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) at UMaine (since 2013). He was visiting Associate Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD and Guest Researcher at NIST in 2012 and Faculty Fellow at NASA in 2016. Dr. Abedi is founding Director of WiSe-Net Lab where he directs research programs including analytical performance evaluation of block codes, new methods for performance and convergence analysis of Turbo-codes, and applications of error correction codes in wireless sensor networks for structural monitoring, space explorations and bio-medical applications. His research on wireless sensing of lunar habitats was featured on NSF Science360 web site in 2012. He is co-Founder of two startup companies (Activas-Diagnostics and Nawindor). Dr. Abedi has received a number of awards from Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Canadian Space Agency (CSA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He is a senior member of IEEE and has served on several IEEE Committees at local, regional, national, and international levels. Dr. Abedi is Co-founder of IEEE International Conference on Wireless for Space and Extreme Environments (WiSEE) and currently serves as Associate Editor for IEEE Journal of RFID, IEEE/KICS Journal of Communications and Networks (JCN), and IET Wireless Sensor Systems (WSS) Journal. Dr. Abedi serves as program evaluator (PEV) for ABET (Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology) since 2016 and as Extra class accredited Volunteer Examiner (VE) for ARRL since 2012.