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Hazem Refai

Williams Professor

Dr. Hazem H. Refai received his M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Oklahoma (OU) in 1993 and 1999, respectively. Since the fall of 2007, Dr. Refai has served as Associate Professor for OU at the school of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Telecommunication Program in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Dr. Refai’s work is currently focused in the development of optical wireless mobile communication system using free space optics, cognitive radios and networks, vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems, and auto-collision avoidance systems. He is founder and director of the Wireless Electromagnetic Compliance And Design (WECAD) Center at OU-Tulsa—part of the EMC NSF Industry/University Corporate Research Centers. WECAD’s mission is to conduct basic and applied research examining medical device coexistence with various RF wireless systems and technologies, as well as validating electronic and electromagnetic compatibility. Medtronic Incorporation (MiniMed division) became a member of WECAD in February 2011. Dr. Refai is past IEEE ComSoc Tulsa Chapter President and served as the organization’s North American Distinguished Lecturer Tour Coordinator.

Dr. Refai has published more than 100 referred papers for national and international conferences. He has authored 20 journal articles, and a book chapter. Dr. Refai has recently been awarded a patent from the US Patent Office for an Intersection Collision Warning System, Additionally, he has received three provisional patents from OU’s office of technology development (OTD).

During Dr. Refai’s tenure at OU-Tulsa, he has developed and taught five new courses, including RF Microelectronics, Digital Signal Processing, Wireless Communication, Wireless Networks and Standards, Network Management and Design, and Telecom Laboratory. He supervised and successfully chaired seven MS in Telecommunication Engineering students, 17 MS Electrical and Computer Engineering students, four ECE PhD students, and one Engineering student.

Dr. Refai is also the co-founder and director of Innovative Traffic Systems and Solutions LLC—a company that develops computing and communication systems for use in intelligent transportation and highway systems. Further information is available at the following link: http://itrafficsystems.com/.

Dr. Refai and his students have received numerous awards and recognitions:

  • Appointment to the Research Participation Program at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) at the Food and Drug Agency (FDA) to investigate medical devices with body scanners, April 23-September 24, 2010
  • Oklahoma Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award-Student Category for “Collision Prevention: OU sponsored capstone project” presented at Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK, 2006
  • Top ten finalist 2006 Global Moot Corp Championship (ZigBeef), 2006
  • Big 12 Business Plan Second Place Championship (ZigBeef), 2006
  • Semifinalist and second place winner in the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Competition for “DAWN: Disaster Area Wireless Network,” 2006
  • Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Competition (ZigBeef), Second Place, 2005
  • 24th Digital Avionics Systems Conference, Best Session Paper for ”Simulation of Free Space Optical Mobile Ad Hoc Networks Using OPNET,” 2005
  • University of Oklahoma College of Engineering Brandon H. Griffith Faculty Award, 2000.

Reserch Interests

  • Optical/RF wireless systems in mobile environment
  • Disaster area wireless network (DAWN)
  • Vehicle-to-vehicle communication
  • Cognitive radios and networks
  • Medical device wireless coexistence
  • Electromagnetic compatibility
  • Auto-collision avoidance systems
  • fMRI real time signal processing
Dr. Refai
Contact Information

Office: Schusterman Center 4407
OU Phone: (405) 325-1110
Tulsa Phone: (918) 660-3243
Fax: (918) 660-3238
Email: Dr. Refai