Dr. Behnam Kamali

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Sam Nunn Eminent Scholar of Telecommuncations

Engineering Professor Dr. Benham KamaliDr. Benham Kamali has worked and taught at 10 different universities around the world, including the University of Texas, California Institute of Technology, University of California at Los Angeles, King’s College of the University of London, and University of Montpelier. He has published more than 100 journal, magazine, conference proceeding articles, and research reports. He has authored three books including a pioneering textbook on Aeronautical Mobile Airport Communications Systems (AeroMACS); IEEE Press-Wiley, 2019. He is a seven-time NASA visiting summer research fellow at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Glenn Research Center (GRC). Dr. Kamali is a senior member of the IEEE. His current teaching and research interests are in error control coding, wireless communications, and AeroMACS/WiMAX networks.


  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Arizona State University
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Oregon State University
  • M.E., Engineering, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering Tehran Polytechnic


Channel Coding (Reed-Solomon Codes), Digital Communications, Wireless Communications, and AeroMACS and WiMAX Networks

Professional Interests

Dr. Kamali’s personal contribution to AeroMACS technology is in demonstration of feasibility and benefits of inclusion of IEEE 802.16j in AeroMACS networks, described in several joint IEEE conference articles with NASA experts, and eight NASA and GRC research reports. One of the recent joint published article; “Application of Multi-hop Relay for Performance Enhancement of AeroMACS Networks” is posted on NASA publication website as a Technical Memorandum (NASA/TM-2012-217658) in August 2012 and was later published as a NASA technical book. This research work was eventually highlighted in a pioneering textbook on AeroMACS (AeroMACS: An IEEE802.16 Standard-Based for Next Generation of Air Transportation Systems, Wiley-IEEE, 2019). At this point his main interest is in potential enhancement; such as radio outreach extension, system throughput improvement, enhanced airport security and safety, and disaster management, realized in AeroMACS networks vis-à-vis the employment of multi-hop relays.

Other Interests

Outside of the classroom, Dr. Kamali enjoys reading about philosophy, particularly Descartes’ and Espinoza’s philosophy. He is also interested in mathematics, space science, astrophysics, and history. In his spare time, Dr. Kamali also likes to watch soccer, college football, and classical epic movies.

Recent Publications

  • B. Kamali, “AeroMACS: An IEEE 802.16 Standard-Based Technology for the Next Generation of Air Transportation Systems,” IEEE Press-Wiley, 2019, ISBN: 978-1119281108.
  • B. Kamali, “Adaptive Modulation-Coding Schemes for Link Adaptation in Aeronautical Mobile Airport Communications Systems (AeroMACS),” Proceedings of IEEE ICNS 2019, Herndon VA, April 2019.
  • B. Kamali, R. J. Kerczewski, and R. D. Apaza, “On Proper Selection of Multihop Relays for Future Enhancement of AeroMACS Networks,” Proceedings of IEEE –ICNS 2015, Herndon VA, April 2015.
  • B. Kamali and R. D. Apaza, “ IEEE 802.16j-Relay Fortified AeroMACS Networks; Benefits and Challenges,” Proceedings of IEEE-ICNS 2014, Herndon VA, April 2014.
  • R. J. Kerczewski, B. Kamali, R. D. Apaza, J. D. Wilson, and R. P. Diamond, “Considerations for Improving the Capacity and Performance of AeroMACS,” proceedings of IEEE Aerospace Conference 2014, Big Sky Montana, March 2014.


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