January 31, 2009

Ahmed A. El-Amawy, Chevron Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), retired January, 2009 after 25 years of service to the University.

El-Amawy obtained his PhD in computer engineering from Iowa State University in 1983. His current research interests include optical networks, survivable networks, non-blocking routing, parallel processing, computer architecture, and theoretical aspects of interconnection networks.

El-Amawy invented the first clock distribution scheme for large systems that guarantees constant skew upper bound irrespective of network size. He owns one U.S. patent entitled Optical Packet Switching and is co-owner of four other patents entitled Microprocessor Based Controller for a Three Phase Bridge Rectifier, Optical Slab Waveguide for Massive, High Speed Interconnects, Optical Crossbar Switch, and Non-Blocking WDM Optical Networks. Additionally, he was listed in Who's Who of American Inventors.

During his time at LSU, El-Amawy served on several program committees of national and international conferences. He served as the program co-chair for the 1997 international conference on Parallel and Distributed Computing Systems. He also served as an associate editor for the Journal of Computing and Information. El-Amawy is a senior member of the IEEE, the IEEE Computer Society and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society.

The ECE Department thanks Professor El-Amawy for his service and wishes him well in his retirement.

Article by: Tammy Abshire, LSU College of Engineering, 225-578-5478, tvabshire@lsu.edu

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