Qurrat-Ul-Ain Nadeem

Qurrat-Ul-Ain Nadeem, Marconi Young Scholar

Recognized in 2018

“I’m really honored to be considered worthy of joining the Marconi Society Young Scholars and of having my work recognized by luminaries in the fields of wireless communications and networking. I think that this award will definitely encourage more women in the region to enter the field of science and to accomplish even greater things.”

Research Area

Applications of random matrix theory (RMT) in wireless communications, with focus on channel modeling and performance analysis of elevation beamforming and linear precoding/detection in massive MIMO settings.

Current Position

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of British Columbia


  • MS, Electrical Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Lahore, Pakistan

Young Scholar Research

Development of Full-Dimension (FD) MIMO/elevation beamforming technology for evolution towards 5G and beyond wireless communication systems. This research bridged the gap between the 3GPP’s vision for FD-MIMO and the theoretical study of elevation beamforming by proposing efficient active antenna array designs, developing 3D channel models and characterizing spatial correlation functions to support and evaluate this technology. The proposed elevation beamforming schemes can significantly increase the number of served mobile broadband subscribers in 3D urban macro/micro scenarios while guaranteeing a significantly improved quality of service.

Other Honors

  • 2013-2018 KAUST Graduate Fellowship for MS/PhD Degree.
  • 2009-2013 LUMS Dean’s Honour List Scholar.
  • 2007 World Top in GCE O Level Additional Mathematics.

Fun Fact

I cannot work without music and spend most of my spare time watching sitcoms. I have watched Friends eight times in the last ten years.