Alberto Leon-Garcia

Teaching - Main Achievements

Graduate Student Supervision

Since 1978, I have supervised 15 Post-Doctoral Fellows, 25 Ph.D. students, 63 Master’s students and 57 M. Eng. Students. At the University of Toronto, the M.A.Sc. degree requires a thesis with original research results and the M.Eng. degree typically involves a design project.

Undergraduate Courses Taught

Graduate Courses Taught


Communication Networks:  Fundamental Concepts and Key Architectures, McGraw-Hill, January 2000, Second Edition, 2003.  (Co-authored with Indra Widjaja).  We are currently working on the 3rd Edition.

Probability and Random Processes for Electrical Engineering, Addison-Wesley, First Edition 1989.  Second Edition, 1994. Third Edition, 2008. This has been a widely adopted textbook for undergraduate probability and graduate random process courses in ECE programs.

Industry-Oriented Education

Master of Engineering in Telecommunications, 1997 to 2008

Prof. Leon-Garcia was the founding Director of this interdisciplinary practice-oriented program in telecommunications.  The MET program graduated 200 students in 10 years.  The MET program had an Industry Advisory Board with senior executive representation from all major Canadian telecommunications service providers and equipment vendors as well as from the analyst and investor community.  The MET program also had an Executive-in-Residence and several Architects-in-Residence from the Canadian telecommunications industry that participated in the definition and supervision of student projects.  The graduates of the MET program were in particularly high demand by the service provide industry.

Executive Development Program, 2001-2010 

Prof. Leon-Garcia co-designed this annualone-week intensive course was intended for telecom mid-level engineers and managers. The EDP, which focussed on strategic issues in telecommunications, included a CTO forum day where executives from the Canadian industry discussed current trends and issues. Approximately 300 participants attended the EDP.

IP Summerstock, Summer 2004

Prof. Leon-Garcia worked with Bell Canada to develop a course to introduce technical personnel to Internet Architecture and to prepare them for network transition to IP-based infrastructure and services. Over 2000 Bell employees took the course.

University of Toronto/Northern Telecom Network Engineering Program, 1987-1995

Prof. Leon-Garcia led the development of a full-time summer graduate-level course for industry covering all aspects of the design, operation, and planning of modern telecommunications networks.  He assembled a team of 20 professors from various disciplines and coordinated lectures by approximately 60 industry experts and high-level telecommunications executives. A two-week manager’s course was spun off from the main course in 1992.  About 350 engineers from Northern Telecom, Bell Canada, Bell Northern Research, Telesat Canada, and other Canadian telephone operating companies attended the courses from 1987 to 1995.