Dr. Ioannis Tomkos, from Athens, Greece has been named an “IEEE Fellow”, following the November 2018 meeting of the IEEE Board of Directors. With this Fellowship, he is being recognized “for contributions to dynamic optical networks”. His work on the respective field has, in fact, impacted in a great way the optical networking scientific community (as evidenced by the extraordinary number of citations that his published work has received so far) and the development of optical communication products that made it in the market.

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Biography of Dr. Ioannis Tomkos
Dr. Ioannis Tomkos (B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.), is with the Athens Information Technology Center (AIT), since Sep 2002. He was also named: “Chair of Excellence Professor” at the University Carlos III (2017-2018), “Adjunct Professor” at the College of Optical Sciences of University of Arizona (2013 – 2018), “Adjunct Research Fellow” at the ECE Department at University of Cyprus (2014-), and “Adjunct Faculty” at the Information Networking Institute of Carnegie-Mellon University, USA (2002 – 2010). In the past he was Senior Scientist (1999 – 2002) at Corning Inc. USA and research associate (1995 – 1999) at University of Athens, Greece. His research group was/is involved with leading role in many EU funded research projects, as well as in national and industry projects. Together with his colleagues and students he has co-authored over 600 peer-reviewed archival articles (over 400 IEEE-sponsored items may be found through IEEE Xplore database), which have received about 8500 citations to date (current h-index=45). For his research work he has been awarded several times by companies, organizations and societies. Dr. Tomkos received in 2007 the prestigious title of “Distinguished Lecturer” of IEEE Communications Society and he was named a “Fellow” of “The Institution of Engineering and Technology” (IET), in 2010, and “Fellow” of the Optical Society (OSA), in 2012, “for outstanding scientific contributions to the field of transparent optical networking”. With the IEEE Fellowship he received in 2018, he is now the only Greek scientist/engineer who has been recognized with a Fellowship by all three (IEEE, OSA, IET) major professional/scientific societies in Science, Technology and Engineering (STEM).