Dr. Rabab K. Ward is a Professor Emeritus in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of British Columbia, Canada. She is the first woman appointed as professor in engineering in British Columbia. She has around 40 years of post-doctoral experience in education, research and leadership. Her research contributions are in broad areas of signal processing, including signal detection; image encoding, recognition, and restoration, and their applications in cable TV, HDTV, medical imaging, infant cry signals, and brain computer interfaces. Dr. Ward has published upwards of 195 refereed journal papers, 335 refereed conference articles, and holds eight patents related to monitoring, measurement, and noise reduction concerning cable television. Some of her work has been licensed to US and Canadian industry.

She has supervised 43 Ph.D. and 50 Master students. She has served and provided leadership to IEEE and other professional societies .She was the 2016-2017 President of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, and Member of its Board of Governors (2003 – 2005; 2008 – 2010).

Dr. Rabab K. Ward is a Professor Emeritus in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of British Columbia, Canada. She is the first woman appointed as professor in engineering in British Columbia. She has around 40 years of post-doctoral experience in education, research and leadership. Her research contributions are in broad areas of signal processing, including signal detection; image encoding, recognition, and restoration, and their applications in cable TV, HDTV, medical imaging, infant cry signals, and brain computer interfaces. Dr. Ward has published upwards of 195 refereed journal papers, 335 refereed conference articles, and holds eight patents related to monitoring, measurement, and noise reduction concerning cable television. Some of her work has been licensed to US and Canadian industry.

She has supervised 43 Ph.D. and 50 Master students. She has served and provided leadership to IEEE and other professional societies .She was the 2016-2017 President of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, and Member of its Board of Governors (2003 – 2005; 2008 – 2010).

Selected Honors

1999

The first woman in Electrical Engineering to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

2007

The first woman to win the R.A. Machlachlan Award, the highest award of the Association of Professional Engineers in BC, emphasizing significant technical contributions and leadership to engineering "that characterize the profession at its best"

2008

The only woman recipient of the highest award of IEEE Signal Processing Society, the "Society Award". It honors outstanding technical contributions and outstanding leadership in a field within the scope of the Society

2013

The Killam Awards for Excellence in Mentoring recognize outstanding mentorship of numerous graduate students over many years.

2016

Recipient of the (Centennial) UBC Faculty of Applied Science Dean’s Medal of Distinction.