The cultural and ethnic diversity at KAUST was very exciting for a young person like me. Plus the research focus of KAUST is unlike any other graduate school in the world. I will always be proud of my decision of doing my PhD at this incredible institution, where I was able to make a bigger and lasting impact in the field of wireless communications.

Qurrat-Ul-Ain Nadeem selected while at KAUST as one of the 2018 Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholars and she currently is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Engineering, the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, working with Professor Anas Chaaban in the Communication Theory Lab.

Education and Early Career

Qurrat obtained her Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from KAUST in June 2015 and December 2018 respectively. Before joining KAUST, she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan, in June 2013.

Research Interest 

Qurrat’s research focus is on the design of next-generation communication systems and the applications of random matrix theory in wireless communications. She worked on the design of Full Dimension Massive MIMO technology in her Ph.D. and currently during her post-doctorate, she is developing intelligent reflecting surfaces assisted communication systems to realize the vision of smart radio environments.

Honors & Awards

Qurrat was selected as the Paul Baran Young Scholar by The Marconi Society for the year 2018, which is one of the most prestigious awards in the broad fields of communications and networking. She was selected for her work on Full Dimension MIMO for 5G systems. Qurrat has also been the LUMS Dean's Honor List Scholar, consecutively from 2009 to 2013.


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Professional Memberships

PhD Electrical Engineering, KAUST, 2018

MS Electrical Engineering, KAUST, 2015

BS Electrical Engineering, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan, 2013

Awards and Distinctions

Paul Baran Young Scholar, Marconi Society, 2018

LUMS Dean's Honour List Scholar, 2013

Selected Publications

Nadeem, Q.-U.-A., Kammoun, A., Debbah, M., & Alouini, M.-S. (2018). Design of 5G Full Dimension Massive MIMO Systems. IEEE Transactions on Communications, 66(2), 726–740. doi:10.1109/tcomm.2017.2762685
Nadeem, Q.-U.-A., Kammoun, A., Debbah, M., & Alouini, M.-S. (2015). 3D Massive MIMO Systems: Modeling and Performance Analysis. IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, 14(12), 6926–6939. doi:10.1109/twc.2015.2462828
Nadeem, Q.-U.-A., Kammoun, A., Debbah, M., & Alouini, M.-S. (2015). A Generalized Spatial Correlation Model for 3D MIMO Channels Based on the Fourier Coefficients of Power Spectrums. IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, 63(14), 3671–3686. doi:10.1109/tsp.2015.2430841