University of Minnesota
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Electrical and Computer Engineering

Kon Max Wong, PhD

Kon Max Wong received his BSc(Eng), DIC, PhD, and DSc(Eng) degrees, all in electrical
engineering, from the University of London, England, in 1969, 1972, 1974 and 1995, respectively.
He started working at the Transmission Division of Plessey Telecommunications Research Ltd.,
England, in 1969. In October 1970 he was on leave from Plessey pursuing postgraduate studies and
research at Imperial College of Science and Technology, London. In 1972, he rejoined Plessey as
a research engineer and worked on digital signal processing and signal transmission. In 1976, he
joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Nova Scotia, Canada,
and in 1981, moved to McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada, where he has been a Professor since
1985 and served as Chairman of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in
1986–87, 1988–94 and 2003!08. Professor Wong was on leave as Visiting Professor at the
Department of Electronic Engineering of the Chinese University of Hong Kong from 1997 to 1999.
At present, he holds the Canada Research Chair in Signal Processing at McMaster University. His
research interest is in signal processing and communication theory and has published over 240
papers in the area.

Professor Wong was the recipient of the IEE Overseas Premium for the best paper in 1989, and is
also the co-author of the papers that received the IEEE Signal Processing Society “Best Young
Author” awards of 2006 and 2008. He is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical
Engineers, a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics. More
recently, he has also been elected as Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering as well as
Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transaction on
Signal Processing, 1996–98 and served as Chair of the Sensor Array and Multi-channel Signal
Processing Technical Committee of the IEEE Signal Processing Society in 2002–04. Professor
Wong was the recipient of a medal presented by the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge,
England, for his “outstanding contributions to the research and education in signal processing” in
May 2000, and was honoured with the inclusion of his biography in the two books: Outstanding
People of the 20th Century and 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 20th Century published by IBC
to celebrate the arrival of the new millennium.