Sedki M. Riad, professor of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of "professor emeritus" by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members who are specially recommended to the board of visitors by Virginia Tech President Timothy D. Sands.
Riad, who joined the ECE department in 1979, directs the Virginia Tech-Middle East and North Africa (VT-MENA) Graduate Program. Through this cooperative program, students in the Middle East and North Africa can earn advanced degrees from Virginia Tech in electrical and computer engineering and computer science.
Riad taught undergraduate and graduate courses in electromagnetics, microwave and RF engineering, radio engineering, time-domain and RF analysis, measurements and synthesis, network analysis, and electronics.
His research has focused on wideband microwave measurements with an emphasis on time-domain techniques, wideband characterization and modeling of devices, signal processing, and deconvolution and data-reduction methods. He was principal or co-principal investigator on research grants totaling more than $11M that funded in-depth research in communications and electronics. He authored or co-authored more than 350 refereed journal articles, book chapters, and reviews, and he directed the scholarly work of 21 master's and 18 doctoral students.
Riad served on proposal review panels for the National Science Foundation and journal article reviews for IEEE. He has held leadership positions in professional organizations, including the chair of the U.S. National Commission A of the International Union of Radio Science.
He has received many professional honors and awards, including an Alumni Award for Excellence in International Research in 2011. Riad was elected Fellow of the IEEE for his work on time-domain measurements through physical modeling of sampling devices in 1992.
Riad received his bachelor's degree and master's degree from Cairo University in Egypt and his Ph.D. from the University of Toledo.