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George Washington University Professor Receives Prestigious Humboldt Research Award

The Award Gives a Cash Prize and the Opportunity to Collaborate With Fellow Researchers in Germany

April 03, 2013

Latarsha Gatlin
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Michelle Sherrard
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WASHINGTON – Tarek El-Ghazawi, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), was recently awarded the Humboldt Research Award, a prestigious international research award given by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Bonn, Germany, for excellence in his field of research.

According to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the award is granted in recognition of a researcher's entire achievements to date to academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future. 

“Tarek El-Ghazawi is an internationally-recognized leader in the field of high-performance computing and I’m delighted that he has received this well-deserved honor,” said David Dolling, dean of SEAS. “As a result of his leadership, the George Washington University’s high-performance computing research program is among the nation’s strongest. Dr. El-Ghazawi’s labs produce top-notch research and they provide a tremendous launching pad for our students in this field.”

The Humboldt Research Award is made every year to 100 scientists across the world in all disciplines and comes with a cash award of 60,000 EUR, or about $80,000 and the opportunity to work with German researchers.

Dr. El-Ghazawi said he will be collaborating with Juergen Becker, head of the ITIV institute, or Institut für Technik der Informationsverarbeitung, at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and his team. KIT is one of the top research and education universities in Germany. Dr. Becker is one of the world’s authorities in embedded systems and reconfigurable computing and his team is considered at the forefront of the field. 

“Our collaboration will target synergistic intersections of our interests aiming at improving performance, power consumption and usability of large scale high-performance computing systems as well as small embedded computer devices used for control through intelligent hardware-software co-design,” said Dr. El-Ghazawi.

“Dr. El-Ghazawi is a renowned scientist who has made pioneering contributions to the areas of high-performance reconfigurable computing systems and the Partitioned Global Address Space programming models,” said Dr Becker. “We look forward to working with him and to building a sustainable scientific cooperation between KIT and GW.”

Dr. El-Ghazawi directs the George Washington University strategic excellence program in high-performance computing and has founded the National Science Foundation Industry University Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing at GW.  He was selected as an IEEE Fellow for his scientific contributions, was a recipient of the Alexander Schwarzkopf Award for Technological Innovation in 2012 and was selected as an IBM Faculty Research Fellow.

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