Adel Sedra

Adel S. Sedra
Born (1943-11-02)November 2, 1943
Residence Canada
Occupation Professor of electrical engineering
Known for Microelectronics
Title Former Dean of Faculty of Engineering, University of Waterloo
Children Paul Sedra, Mark Sedra

Adel S. Sedra is an Egyptian Canadian electrical engineer and professor.


Born in Egypt in 1943, Sedra received his B.Sc. from Cairo University in 1964 and his M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, in 1968 and 1969, respectively. All three of his degrees are in electrical engineering.

Sedra joined the faculty of the University of Toronto in 1969 and became associate professor in 1972 and professor in 1978. He served as chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering from 1986 to 1993, and was vice president, provost, and chief academic officer from July 1, 1993 to 2002. In his nine years as provost Sedra led the university through two major long-range planning cycles in 1994 and 1998.

On July 1, 2003, Sedra joined the University of Waterloo as dean of its Faculty of Engineering and as professor of electrical and computer engineering. In 2004 he initiated the University of Waterloo Engineering Planning Exercise, VISION 2010. He served as Dean of Engineering until June 2012.[1]

A specialist in microelectronics, Sedra's research focuses on applications in communication and instrumentation systems, including theory and design of circuits. Sedra has co-authored three textbooks, including Microelectronic Circuits (with K.C. Smith), now in its seventh edition (2014). The text is published in ten languages, has over one million copies in print, and is one of the most widely used texts on the subject to date.

Sedra has published about 150 scholarly papers, has guided the research of about 65 graduate students, and has also served as a consultant to industry and governments in Canada and the United States.

Sedra was a founding member and a member of the board of directors of the Information Technology Research Centre, a designated centre-of-excellence funded by the Province of Ontario (now the Centre of Excellence for Communications and Information Technology, one of the Ontario Centres of Excellence. From 1990 to 1994, Sedra was a member of the Scientific Assessment Panel for the Industry Research Program of Technology Ontario, and is currently a member of the Research Council of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.[2] Sedra served as a delegate to Oxford University Press (1995–2008) and is currently editing the Oxford Electrical and Computer Engineering Series. More recently, Sedra chaired a committee that reviewed the Structure of NSERC Grant Selection Committees.

Awards and honors

Sedra is the recipient of several honorary degrees, including a Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto (2005),[3] Doctor of Science degrees from Queen's University (2003)[4] and McGill University (2007),[5] and a Doctor of Engineering degree from Ryerson University (2015)[6]

Sedra was elected fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (1984),[7] the Canadian Academy of Engineering (1999),[8][9] and the Royal Society of Canada (2003).[10][11]

Sedra is the recipient of several awards, including the 1988 Frederick Emmons Terman Award from the American Society for Engineering Education,[12] the 1996 IEEE Education Medal,[13] the 2000 "IEEE Third Millennium Medal",[14] the 2002 "Engineering Medal for Excellence" from Professional Engineers Ontario,[15] the 2002 "Engineering Alumni Medal" of the University of Toronto Engineering Alumni Association,[16] and the 2010 "Outstanding Service Award to the Canadian Microelectronics Industry" from the Information Technology Association of Canada.[17]

In 2002 the "Adel S. Sedra Distinguished Graduate Award" was created by the University of Toronto Alumni Association (UTAA), to honor Sedra for his accomplishments during his nine years as vice-president and provost of the University of Toronto. For every year since 2003, it has been awarded "to a graduate student who demonstrates outstanding academic and extracurricular leadership".[18][19]

In 2014, he was made a Member of the Order of Ontario in recognition for his " seminal work which has resulted in major developments in fields ranging from medical technology to wireless communications".[20]


  2. "Research Council - Adel Sedra". Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. Retrieved January 22, 2011.
  3. "Honorary Degree Recipients, 1850 - 2010" (PDF). University of Toronto. June 22, 2010. Retrieved January 24, 2011.
  4. "Honorary degrees" (PDF). Queen's University. December 6, 2010. Retrieved January 23, 2011.
  5. "McGill to recognize fourteen outstanding individuals with honorary degrees". McGill News. McGill University. April 20, 2007. Retrieved January 24, 2011.
  6. "Ryerson University to honour Adel Sedra, Ed Clark and Catherine Zahn with Honorary Degrees". Ryerson University. May 27, 2015. Retrieved July 22, 2015.
  7. "Fellow Class of 1984". IEEE. Retrieved January 22, 2011.
  8. "Member List". Canadian Academy of Engineering. Retrieved January 22, 2011.
  9. "Alumni Accomplishments - The Canadian Academy of Engineering - 1999 CAE Fellows". University of Waterloo. Retrieved January 22, 2011.
  10. "Search Fellows - Sedra". Royal Society of Canada. Retrieved January 23, 2011.
  11. "Induction Ceremony - Adel Sedra" (PDF). Proceedings of the Royal Society of Canada. seventh series. Royal Society of Canada. II: 31. 2003. Retrieved January 23, 2011.
  12. "Past Frederick Emmons Terman Award Winners". American Society for Engineering Education. Retrieved January 22, 2011.
  13. "IEEE James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal Recipients" (PDF). IEEE. Retrieved January 22, 2011.
  14. "2000 Awards & Recognitions - IEEE Third Millennium Medalists". IEEE Canada. Retrieved January 24, 2011.
  15. "World-renown Microelectronics Engineer, and University of Toronto Executive Receives Excellence Award". News Release. Professional Engineers Ontario. November 16, 2002. Retrieved January 24, 2011.
  16. "Engineering Alumni Medal - Past Recipients". University of Toronto Engineering Alumni Association. Retrieved January 24, 2011.
  17. "ITAC Gallery of Outstanding Service to the Canadian Microelectronics Industry". Information Technology Association of Canada. Retrieved January 26, 2011.
  18. "The Adel S. Sedra Distinguished Graduate Award". University of Toronto Alumni Association. Retrieved January 25, 2011.
  19. "Awards of Excellence - Recipients from Past Years". University of Toronto Alumni Association. Retrieved January 25, 2011.
  20. "New Appointees to the Order of Ontario". January 23, 2014.
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