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February 2013

El Gamal Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Abbas El GamalStanford University Department of Electrical Engineering Chairperson and Hitachi America Professor Abbas El Gamal was recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for his contributions in information theory, information technology, and image sensors.

According to the NAE, "election to membership is one of the highest professional honors accorded an engineer." The NAE has more than 2,000 peer-elected members and foreign associates, senior professionals in business, academia, and government who are among the world’s most accomplished engineers. They provide the leadership and expertise for numerous projects focused on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life.

El Gamal's research contributions have spanned several areas, including network information theory, Field Programmable Gate Array, and digital imaging devices and systems. He has authored or coauthored over 200 papers and holds 30 patents in these areas. He is also a Fellow of the IEEE and has received several honors and awards for his research contributions, including the 2012 Claude E. Shannon Award and the 2004 INFOCOM Paper Award.

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