Georges El-Howayek, Ph.D.

Georges El Howayek profile

Georges El-Howayek, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering 219.464.5909 Gellersen Center, Room 109


B.S.- Lebanese American University
M.S.- University of New Mexico
Ph.D.- University of New Mexico

Courses Taught
  • Fundamentals of Engineering
  • Instrumentation Laboratory
  • Computer Logic Design Lab
  • Linear Circuit Theory I
  • Signals and Systems
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Digital Communication Systems
  • Communication Systems
  • Fiber Optic Communication
  • Detection and Estimation Theory
Research Interests
  • Communication theory and optical communication
  • Signal Processing
  • Avalanche photodiodes
  • Stochastic processes
  • Digital and Wireless communications
  • Free space optical communication
  • Semiconductor device simulation and characterization
  • Game theory
  • Cognitive radio
Professional Affiliations
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Photonics Society
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Communication Society


  • “Method for sensitivity optimization of optical receivers using avalanche photodiodes operating under a dynamic reverse bias ” (with M. M. Hayat, P.    Zarkesh-Ha,    and   G.    El-Howayek)   United   States   Patent    No. 1863.139PRV


  • G. El-howayek, A Morrison, and S. Khorbotly, “An RSS-Based Method for Path  Navigation  in  Miniature  Robotic  Swarms ,”   journal  of  Micro-Bio robotics Jan. 2019
  • M.  M.  Hayat,  P. Zarkesh-Ha,  G.  El-Howayek,  R. Efroymson,  and  J.  C. Campbell, “Breaking the buildup-time limit of sensitivity in avalanche photodiodes  by  dynamic  biasing,” Optics  Express,  vol.  23,  no.  18,  pp. 24035-24041, 2015.
  • G. El-howayek and M. M. Hayat, “Error probabilities for optical receivers that  employ  dynamically  biased  avalanche  phot odiodes,” IEEE Trarns. Communications, vol. 39, pp. 3325 –3335, 2015.
  • A. C. Farrell, P. Senanayake, C. Hung, G. El-Howayek, A. Rajagopal, M.Currie, M. M. Hayat and Diana L. Huffaker, “Plasmonic field confinement for separate absorption-multiplication in InGaAs nanopillar avalanche photodiodes,” Scientific Reports Journal, vol. 5, no. 17580, Dec. 2015
  • G. El-Howayek, C. Zhang, Y. Li, J. S’. Ng, J. P. R. David and M. M. Hayat, “On the use of Gaussian approximation in analyzing the performance of optical receivers,” IEEE Photonics Journal, vol.6, no.1, Feb. 2014.
  • M.   Bkassiny,   Y.   Li, G.   El-Howayek,   S.   K.   Jayaweera,   and   C.   G. Christodoulou, “Recent Patents on Spectrum Sensing Methods and RF Architectures   for   Cognitive   Radios”,   Journal   of   Recent   Patents   on Computer Science, Special Issue on Recent Advances in Cognitive Radio Communications, Bentham Science Publishers Ltd., vol.5, no.2, pp.83-92, Aug. 2012.
  • Y. Tawk, M. Bkassiny, G. El-Howayek, S. K. Jayaweera, K. Avery and C. G. Christodoulou, “Reconfigurable Front -End Antennas for Cognitive Radio Applications”,  IET  Microwaves,  Antennas  &  Propagation,  vol.5,  no.8, pp.985-992, June 6 2011.
  • G.  El-Howayek and  S.  K.  Jayaweera,  “Distributed  Dynamic  Spectrum Leasing    (D-DSL)    for    Spectrum    Sharing    over    Multiple    Primary Channels”, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications , vol.10, no.1, pp.55-60, Jan. 2011.
  • K. Hakim, S. K. Jayaweera, G. El-Howayek and C. Mosquera, “Efficient dynamic   spectrum   sharing   in   cognitive   radio   networks:   Centralized Dynamic  Spectrum  Leasing  (C-DSL)”, IEEE  Transactions  on  Wireless Communications, Sep. 2010.