Jawad A. Salehi was born in Kazemain, Iraq, on December 22, 1956. He received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Irvine, in 1979, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, all in electrical engineering, from the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, in 1980 and 1984, respectively.
From 1981 to 1984, he was a full-time Research Assistant at Communication Science Institute at USC, where he was engaged in research in the area of spread spectrum systems. From 1984 to 1993, he was a Member of Technical Staff of the Applied Research Area, Bell Communications Research (Bellcore), Morristown, NJ. From February to May 1990, he was with the Laboratory of Information and Decision Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, as a Visiting Research Scientist conducting research on optical multiple-access networks. He was an Associate Professor from 1997 to 2003 and is currently a Full Professor with the Electrical Engineering (EE) Department, Sharif University of Technology (SUT), Tehran, Iran. From 1999 to 2001, he was the Head of Mobile Communications Systems Group and Codirector of Advanced and Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) Laboratory at Iran Telecom Research Center (ITRC), Tehran, conducting research in the area of advance CDMA techniques for optical and radio communications systems. From 2003 to 2006 he was the director of National Center of Excellence in Communications Science at the EE department of SUT. In 2003, he founded and directed the Optical Networks Research Laboratory (ONRL), Electrical Engineering Department, SUT, for advanced theoretical and experimental research in futuristic all-optical networks. He is also a Cofounder of Advanced Communications Research Institute (ACRI) at SUT for advancing the graduate school research program in communications science. His current research interests include optical multiaccess networks, in particular, optical orthogonal codes (OOC); fiber-optic CDMA; femtosecond or ultra-short light pulse CDMA; spread time CDMA; holographic CDMA; wireless indoor optical CDMA; all-optical synchronization; and applications of erbium-doped fiber amplifiers (EDFAs) in optical systems. He is the holder of 12 U.S. patents on optical CDMA.
Dr. Salehi is a Recipient of the Bellcore's Award of Excellence, the Outstanding Research Award of EE Department of SUT in 2002, 2003, and 2006 the Outstanding Research Award of SUT 2003, the Nationwide Outstanding Research Award from the Ministry of Higher Education 2003, and the Nation's Highly Cited Researcher Award 2004. Recently, he was introduced as among the 250 preeminent and most influential researchers worldwide by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) Highly Cited in the computer-science category. He is the Corecipient of IEEE's Best Paper Award ("spread-time/time-hopping ultrawideband (UWB) CDMA communications systems") from the International Symposium on Communications and Information Technology, October 2004, Japan. He is also the recipient of the first rank in fundamental research of Khwarizmi International Prize. He was a member of the organizing committee for the first and the second IEEE Conference on Neural Information. Since May 2001, he has been serving as Associate Editor for optical CDMA of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON COMMUNICATIONS. On September 2005, he was elected as the interim Chair of the IEEE Iran section.