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Hesham M. El Gamal

  • Chair, Electrical & Computer Engr.
  • Professor, Electrical & Computer Engr.
  • 2015 Neil Ave
    205 Dreese Laboratories
    Columbus, OH 43210
  • 614-292-4374



PhD, 1999, University of Maryland

Areas of Interest

Information Theory; Coding Theory, Wireless Communication; and DNA Self Assembly.


205 Dreese Labs


Hesham El Gamal received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt nd the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park, MD. He is currently Professor and Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the Ohio State University. He co-founded inmobly inc., a spinoff from the Ohio State University pioneering the use of AI technology in multi-media delivery, and served as its Chief Executive Office from 2012 to 2018. He previously served as Acting Vice President of Research at Nile University, Cairo, Egypt and has held visiting appointments at UCLA and Institut Eurecom.
Prof. El Gamal was recognized as highly cited researcher by the ISI web of science (2014-2017). He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (2019) and the IEEE (2010), a recipient of the OSU Innovator Award (2013), the OSU Stanley E. Harrison Award (2008), the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2004), the OSU College of Engineering Lumley Research Award (2002), the OSU Electrical Engineering Department FARMER Young Faculty Development Fund (2004-2008), and Hughes Network Systems Annual Achievement Award (2000). He holds key intellectual property in the area of proactive communications, space-time coding/decoding, and graphical code design. and has served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications, an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, a Guest Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory special issue on cooperative communications, a member of the SP4COM technical committee, a co-chair of the Globecom'08 communication theory symposium, a co-chair of the 2010 IEEE Information Theory Workshop, an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, and a Guest Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory.


  • January, 2003-
    January, 2008

    FARMER Young Faculty Development Fund.

  • January, 2004

    NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award.

  • January, 2003

    Lumley Research Award.

  • January, 2000

    HNS Annual Achievement Award.