Harpreet S. Dhillon, professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his contributions to heterogeneous cellular networks.

Fewer than 0.1 percent of voting members in the institute are selected annually for this career milestone member grade elevation.

Dhillon is the Elizabeth and James E. Turner Jr. '56 Faculty Fellow and associate director of Wireless@VT. He also serves as chair of the communications area within the electrical engineering department.

"Harpreet's elevation to IEEE fellow is a testament to the great research he has done since joining the department in 2014,” said department head Luke Lester. “His dedication to the innovation of cellular networks is demonstrated by the number of projects he leads and collaborates on, including through his role with Wireless@VT." 

Dhillon’s research interests include communication theory and wireless communications, signal processing, machine learning for communications systems, Internet of Things, and machine-to-machine communications as well as energy harvesting in wireless networks. 

Dhillon has received some of the most prestigious technical awards in his discipline for analyzing and designing heterogeneous cellular networks using novel ideas from stochastic geometry. In one of his ongoing projects, he and his collaborators are working to develop a 6G vision guided communications system that “views” and maps the surrounding environment with funding from a $1 million National Science Foundation grant.

Dhillon serves on the Executive Editorial Committee for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, has written two books, has edited two volumes, and has published more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He has appeared on multiple lists of highly cited authors, including Clarivate’s Highly Cited Researcher’s List. Additionally, he has secured or helped to secure research funding totaling more than $9 million, including 11 awards from the National Science Foundation.

Since joining the Virginia Tech College of Engineering faculty, Dhillon has been named the Outstanding New Assistant Professor in 2017, the Steven O. Lane Junior Faculty Fellow in 2018, and the College of Engineering Faculty Fellow in 2018. He also was awarded the Dean's Award for Excellence in Research in 2020. 

The wireless communications expert received his Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, in 2008; his master’s degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech in 2010; and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013.


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