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Alhalabi now an Associate Professor at Florida Atlantic University

Bassem A. Alhalabi, CACS Ph.D. 1995, is now an Associate Professor at Computer Science and Engineering Department, Florida Atlantic University. His primary research focus is on the development of pragmatic industrial and educational systems. Research interests include Embedded Systems, Web-based Remote Controls, Distributed and Mobile Computing, and Distance Education & Remote Labs. Currently, he is developing remote labs for electrical, mechanical, physics, and general science courses.

Altuwaijri leading health information movement in the Middle East

Majid Altuwaijri, CACS M.Sc. 1992 and Ph.D. 1995, has been leading a very effective campaign in his homeland country, Saudi Arabia, to promote Health Information at all levels in health care and medical fields. The goal has been to enhance medical care access to average citizens, in quality and cost. Dr. Altuwaijri was one of the founders of the Saudi Association for Health Informatics. He serves as the chairman of its board. Dr. Altuwaijri is CIO of the Saudi Arabian National Guard-Health affair. He is responsible for all IT activities and initiatives in 4 major hospitals and 60 clinics. His campaign has led to the establishment of the College of Public Health and Health Informatics, the first of its kind in the Middle East region.

As Dean of the new college, Dr. Altuwaijri is leading its academic and community involvement program to achieve international and national high level standards. He developed the first Master's program in Health Informatics (HI) in the Middle East. This program is an academic member of the International Medical Informatics Association. The graduates of this program are health informatics specialists who can participate in advanced information and communication technology applications in HI. They will be able to lead the management, planning, and implementation of health information systems.

For all his efforts and initiatives, Dr. Altuwaijri received the highest national medal from the King of Saudi Arabia in recognition of his achievement in e-Health.

Chen Serving on The Faculty of Tuskegee University

Chung Han Chen received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Tatung Insititute of Technology, Taiwan, R.O.C. in 1992, M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from The Center for Advanced Computer Studies, University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1987 and 1993, respectively. He is now on the faculty of Computer Science Department, Tuskegee University. His research interests include Computer Architecture, VSLI Design, Parallel and Distributed Computing, Performance Evaluation, Digital System Design, and Local Area Networks.

Cherabuddi at the forefront of modern technology education in India

Raghava Cherabuddi, CACS Ph.D. 1995, has always had a vision of what a modern engineering education should look like in the new era of globalization: geographically and technically. He always thought about what skills future engineers should acquire for the more and more complex challenges.

Following his dream, Dr. Cherabuddi established a new college of Engineering in 2001 in his home city of Hyderabad, India, the home of the traditional and highly regarded Osmania University (OU).The CVR college is a state-of-the-art engineering institution that offers an innovative curriculum. It has a close association with several international corporations such as: IBM, Intel, Cisco, Motorola, AT&T, Lucent, and Nortel. The CVR College is programming at a very impressive rate in quality and expansion. Dr. Cherabuddi has recently stated, "It gives me immense pleasure in informing you that CVR was ranked in the TOP-5 (among JNTU colleges in Osmania University area) during EAMCET-2006 counseling and also rated in TOP-10 among more than 175 colleges in all of the OU area. It is the expectation of the academic community that CVR is on the successful path to be in the TOP-5 amongst all colleges in OU area in the next couple of years."

Dr. Cherabuddi is currently associated with Microsoft Corp. Hyderabad, after spending 12 years at Intel, USA.

Choubey directing informatics group at GE

Suresh Choubey received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Louisiana at Lafayette (formerly known as University of Southwestern Louisiana) in 1997 in image databases under the guidance of Prof. Vijay Raghavan. Since 1997, he has been with General Electric Healthcare working in the areas of machine prognostic, patient early health, dispatch prediction and asset intelligence. He is currently Manager of Informatics Group and holds several patents in the areas of machine and patient early health, service delivery and asset intelligence. Prior to his career at GE Healthcare and completing his Ph.D., he worked as Assistant Professor in Computer Science Department at Adrian College, Adrian, Michigan from 1987 to 1994.

Chow an associate professor at University of South Carolina Upstate

Rick Chow received his Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. (summa cum laude) degrees from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1994, 1989, and 1987 respectively. He is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, SC.

He served as the chairman of the Division of Mathematics and Computer Science at Upstate from 2004 to 2007 during which he orchestrated the introductions of several new degree tracks in Math and CS. His research interests include data mining and evolutionary computation.

Currently, he is working on several data mining projects that deal with large (and noisy) healthcare databases for improving healthcare quality and reducing costs. One particular project is a study on the health conditions and healthcare services for an underprivileged neighborhood in Spartanburg that has suffered from industrial pollutions. This project is funded by a HUD grant and is one of many projects that showcase the metropolitan mission of USC Upstate.

Rick is from Hong Kong originally; he and his wife and two sons are now residing in the vibrant suburb of Greenville, SC. He is a runner and trains regularly for 5K, 10K, and half-marathon races.

Darwish working on microprocessors at Intel

Tarek Darwish received his B.S. and M.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Balamand, Lebanon in 1996 and 1998, respectively. He also received the second M.S. and a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2001 and 2003, respectively. Tarek worked as a CAD engineer and then as a Staff CAD engineer for Intel Corporation, Hillsboro OR. Currently, he is a Senior component design engineer with Intel working on the cache memory design for leading Intel's microprocessors. His research interests include VLSI circuit design, memory cache design, CAD and low power architectures for digital video processing.

Das leading high performance computing research at Penn State

Chita R. Das received the M.S.c. degree in electrical engineering from the Regional Engineering College, Rourkela, India, in 1981 and the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the Center for Advanced Computer Studies, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, in 1986. Since 1986, he has been with the Pennsylvania State University, where he is currently a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. His main areas of interest are parallel and distributed computer architectures, cluster computing, mobile computing, Internet quality of service (QoS), multimedia systems, performance evaluation, and fault-tolerant computing. He has served on the editorial boards of the IEEE Transactions on Computers and IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems. He is a fellow of the IEEE and a member of the ACM.

Dietz enjoyed a long and rewarding career at NASA

Wilson R. Dietz was one of the students who took the first computer science class at Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette). He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1959. Since then he had joined NASA and held various technical and management positions. During his tenure of over 30 years with NASA, he had made significant contributions in the manned spaceflight programs, spanning from the Gemini and Mercury programs, to the Apollo, Skylab, and Apollo-Soyuz programs and the Shuttle era.

Grant directing the Vermilion Faith Community of Care in Abbeville

James A. Grant received his B.A. in Mathematics from Princeton University in 1964, M.S. from University of California at Berkeley in 1970, and Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1994. He is currently employed as Executive Director of Vermilion Faith Community of Care in Abbeville, La., with main focus on hurricane recovery.

Guruswamy co-founder and CTO of Mu Dynamics

Kowsik Guruswamy is the co-founder and CTO of Mu Dynamics. Prior to founding Mu, he was a Distinguished Engineer at Juniper Networks and the Chief Architect for the Intrusion Prevention product line. Kowsik joined Juniper Networks through the NetScreen/OneSecure acquisition where he designed and architected the first inline Intrusion Prevention device. He holds 8 patents in various networking and security technologies and has a MS in Computer Science from the University of Louisiana. More about Mu Dynamics Research Labs.

Hughes awarded Distinguished Alumni

Herman D. Hughes received his B.S. degree, M.S. degree and Ph.D. degree from Stillman College, Tuskegee University and University of Louisiana at Lafayette respectively. He began his career as a high school mathematics teacher in 1959, followed by faculty positions in mathematics at Tuskegee University and Grambling State University. During the summer months Professor Hughes worked in both industry and government (IBM, American Oil Company, Dow chemical, Advanced Avionics Research Lab). He joined the Michigan State University(MSU) faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, 1973.

Dr. Hughes became a national and international leader in the area of network traffic management and modeling with respect to wireless and high speed networks. He has designed several schemes for addressing quality-of-service issues central to recent network technologies, wireless as hoc networks and Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM). The results have provided important insight for defining some key algorithms and parameters that are used by researchers for studying network traffic. Dr. Hughes work is published in several journals and has been presented at the most prestigious conferences. He served as a National ACM lecturer, and later voted Distinguished Alumni by both Stillman College and University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Professor Hughes’ exemplary contributions to research, teaching and service earned him the MSU “Distinguished Faculty Award” in 2000.

Professor Hughes is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of ECE at Georgia Institute of Technology and involved in research and consulting. He is affiliated with Georgia Centers for Advanced Telecommunications Technology, housed in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Johnsten is member of faculty of University of South Alabama

Tom Johnsten received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2002. Since then, he has joined the School of Computer and Information Sciences, University of South Alabama. He is now an Associate Professor. His research interests include data mining and information retrieval.

Li an assistant professor with Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Zhu Li received his M.S. in Computer Science from CACS, UL Lafayette, in 1997, and a Ph.D. in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Northwestern University, Evanston in 2004. He was a Principal Staff Research Engineer with the Multimedia Research Lab (MRL), Motorola Labs, from 2000 to 2008. Since August 2008, he has been an Assistant Professor with the Department of Computing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

His research interests include video coding and communication, game theory and optimization decomposition techniques in multimedia streaming and networking, manifold modeling and machine learning in biometrics, multimedia analysis, retrieval and mining. He has 12 issued or pending patents, 40+ publications in book chapters, journals and conference proceedings in these areas.

He is an IEEE senior member, a member of IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) and Communication Society (ComSoc), elected Vice Chair of the IEEE Multimedia Communication Technical Committee (MMTC). He served as TPC chair for the Entertainment & Multimedia Networking track, IEEE CCNC 2009, TPC co-chair for IEEE Int'l Workshop on Multimedia Analysis & Processing (IMAP), 2008, as co-chair for "Wireless Multimedia Streaming and Networking" track of IEEE ICCCN, '07, and as a guest co-editor for Journal of Advances in Multimedia (J-AM) special issue on "Collaboration and Optimization in Multimedia Communication". He has served as Technical Program Committee (TPC) members for IEEE Int'l Symp. on Multimedia (ISM) 05, '06, IEEE Int'l Conf on Communication (ICC)06, '07, '08, IEEE Int'l Conf on Multimedia & Expo (ICME) '06, '07, IEEE GLOBECOM 06,07 08, and SPIE Symp. on Multimedia Systems and Applications, 07. He is also an active reviewer for journals IEEE Trans. on Image Processing (T-IP), IEEE Trans. on Multimedia (T-MM), IEEE Trans. on PAMI, IEEE Trans. on Circuits & Sys. for Video Tech (T-CSVT), IEEE J-SAC, IEEE Comm. Magazine, and EURASIP Jnl. on Applied Signal Processing.

He received the Best Poster Paper Award at IEEE Int'l Conf on Multimedia & Expo (ICME), Toronto, 2006, and the DoCoMo Labs Innovative Paper Award (Best Paper) at IEEE Int'l Conf on Image Processing (ICIP), San Antonio, 2007.

He is a marathon runner and triathlon enthusiast, finished 1 full and 3 half-marathons, as well as 8 Olympic distance triathlon events.

Ling awarded IEEE Fellow

Prof. Nam Ling received a B.Eng. degree in Electrical Engineering from the National University of Singapore (NUS). He received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, both in Computer Engineering, from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, U.S.A. Prof. Ling is currently a full Professor of Computer Engineering and the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development for the School of Engineering at Santa Clara University (SCU), California, U.S.A. He is also a Consulting Professor for the NUS Overseas Colleges and a Guest Professor of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. He has served as Visiting Professor/Consultant/Scientist/Scholar to many institutions and as Collaborator/Consultant to several companies.

Prof. Ling is an IEEE Fellow due to his contributions to video coding algorithms and architectures. He has more than 130 publications in the fields of video coding and systolic arrays. He is the primary author of the book entitled Specification and Verification of Systolic Arrays. He and his team’s method on fast motion estimation (SUMH or SFME) was adopted in 2005, and their Lagrange multiplier method (CALM) was adopted in 2006, both now part of the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC video coding international standard document and reference software. Prof. Ling received the Arthur Vining Davis Junior Faculty Fellowship (1991), the SCU Outstanding Achievement Award (1992), the SCU Engineering Researcher of the Year Award (2000), the SCU Award for Recent Achievement in Scholarship (2002), the SCU President’s Recognition Award (2005), and the SCU Award for Sustained Excellence in Scholarship (2007). He was named IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for 2002-2003 and 2007-2008. Prof. Ling also received the 2003 IEEE ICCE Best Paper Award (First Place Winner) for the work on MPEG-4 face animation, and part of the work was adopted by broadcasting organizations in the U.S.

Prof. Ling has served as Keynote Speaker for the 2008 IEEE APCCAS and for VCVP 2008. He has also served as major speakers and panelists for several other conferences and seminars. Prof. Ling was the General Chair for the IEEE Hot Chips Symposium in 1995, a General Co-Chair for VCVP 2008, and was a Technical Program Co-Chair for the 2007 IEEE ISCAS. He also served as Technical Program Co-Chair for SiPS 2000, SiPS 2007, and DCV 2002. He was Track Co-Chair for ISCAS 04-06. Prof. Ling served as the Chair of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee (TC) on Microprocessors and Microcomputers in 1993-95, and the Chair of the IEEE Circuits and Systems (CAS) Society Circuits and Systems for Communications TC in 2006-08. He is also a member of the IEEE CAS Society TC on VSPC and a member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society DISPS TC. Prof. Ling served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems - I in 2002-03. He was a Guest Editor for the Journal of VLSI Signal Processing Systems special issue in 2006. Prof. Ling served in program committees, organizing committees, and as session chairs for many IEEE conferences. He also served in the editorial boards of several technical journals. Prof. Ling has delivered more than 100 invited/distinguished/keynote colloquia in nine different countries.

Matijasevic teaching at top-ranked Croatian University

Maja Matijasevic received her Dipl.-Ing. (1990), M.Sc. (1994), and Ph.D. (1998) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and the M.Sc. in Computer Engineering (1997) from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, LA, USA. Since 1991 she has been affiliated with the Department of Telecommunications, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb, Croatia, where she is currently an Associate Professor. Her main research interests include computer and telecommunication networks, multimedia, and virtual reality. She is a member of IEEE, ACM and Upsilon Pi Epsilon.

Moreau a founder and the chief technology officer for Configuresoft

Dennis Moreau received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1987. As a Founder and the Chief Technology Officer for Configuresoft, Dr. Moreau is a specialist in the application of leading edge technologies to the solution of complex problems in the Information Technology management domain. Dr. Moreau's primary focus is in developing enterprise scale solutions to improve IT efficiency and effectiveness for systems management, security compliance and configuration optimization. Dr. Moreau works actively with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and MITRE on the development of security configuration policy compliance standards, where he serves on the MITRE OVAL Board of Directors. Prior to founding Configuresoft, Dr. Moreau was the associate vice president and chief technology officer for Baylor College of Medicine (BCM).

Newman a professor and associate VP at Florida Institute of Technology

J. Richard Newman received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1976. Since then he has held various academic and administration positions. He is now a Computer Science Professor in the College of Engineering and the Associate Vice President of Information Technology at Florida Institute of Technology.

Nunna appointed as associate dean

Ramakrishna Nunna received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering, University of Louisiana Lafayette in 1993. He is now a Professor and Associate Dean of the Lyles College of Engineering, California State University Fresno. His areas of interests include VLSI Circuits and Systems and Computer Architecture.

Turner selected as Golden Core Member of IEEE

Richard Turner received his M.S. in Computer Science from UL Lafayette in 1977 and a D.Sc. in Engineering Management from George Washington University in 2003. Selected as a Golden Core Member of the IEEE Computer Society in 2013, Dr. Turner also contributes as a Fellow of the Lean Systems Society, is currently a Distinguished Service Professor at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, and a Principle Investigator with the Systems Engineering Research Center.

Although a member of the original CMMI development team, Dr. Turner is now active in the agile, lean, and kanban communities. He is currently researching agile and lean approaches as a means to solve large-systems issues. Dr. Turner is a member of the Executive Committee of the NDIA/AFEI Agile for Defense Adoption Proponent Team, the INCOSE Agile SE Working Group, and was an author of the groundbreaking IEEE Computer Society/PMI Software Extension for the Guide to the PMBOK that spans the gap between traditional and agile approaches. He has worked on author teams for four other books on ICSM, agile software methods, and CMMI.

All of these accolades haven’t stopped Dr. Turner from being a stellar international tenor and a formidable family man. His son followed him into software engineering, and, both proud and humbled by his dad’s contributions to the field, submitted this UL alumni profile to mark a formative milestone in both their lives.

Shames a senior component design engineer in Intel

Ahmed M. Shams received his B.S. degree from the Department of Computer Science and Automatic Control, Alexandria University, Egypt, in 1991 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer engineering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, in 1997 and 2000, respectively. Currently, he is a Senior Component Design Engineer with Intel Corporation, Hillsboro, OR. His research interests include very large scale integration (VLSI) circuit design, computer arithmetic, and architectures for digital video processing.

Prabhat is global vice president of research at McAfee Labs

Prabhat K Singh is the Global Vice President of Research at McAfee Labs (part of Intel Security). Prabhat has 20+ years of experience in setting up and leading large security research and engineering teams around the world. He has helped build and manage large security research operations and product development teams for the leading global security companies in the Antivirus/Antispyware and Managed Security Services space.

Prabhat is credited for starting the AV research operations for McAfee India. He started the Symantec Security response and engineering footprint in India which was the largest response footprint for Symantec worldwide. Prabhat also setup and operated the Managed Security Services SOC for Symantec in India and was instrumental in getting the ISO 27001 certification for the India SOC. Prabhat has presented papers at many security conferences and has been the guest speaker at reputed forums on security. Prabhat holds a MS degree in Computer Science from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, and was the founding member of the Virus Research Laboratory at the University.

Urban chairing Department of Computer Science at Texas Tech University

Joseph Urban received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1977. He is now a Professor and Chairman at Department of Computer Science, Texas Tech University. He worked at the University of Miami, the University of Southwestern Louisiana, part-time at the University of South Carolina while with the U.S. Army Signal Center, and Arizona State University. He has authored more than 90 technical papers and has supervised the development of seven software specification languages. His research areas include software engineering, computer languages, data engineering and distributed computing.

Urban conducting cutting edge research in database systems

Susan D. Urban received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science in 1976, 1980, and 1987, respectively, from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. She is currently a professor in the Department of Computer Science at Texas Tech University. Prior to joining Texas Tech, she was an assistant professor at the University of Miami from 1987 to 1989, an assistant professor at Arizona State University (ASU) from 1989 to 1994, an associate professor at ASU from 1994 to 2001, and a professor at ASU from 2001 to 2007. Her research interests include object-oriented data modeling, object-oriented and object-relational database systems, active database processing for centralized and distributed environments, distributed object computing, and enterprise application integration. Dr. Urban has been the recipient of numerous grants from the US National Science Foundation for her research on constraints, active rule processing, the use of databases in engineering design, and the development of innovative teaching concepts for undergraduate database instruction. She has also been a coinvestigator on a project from the Defense Advanced Projects Agency investigating the integration of product data in engineering design from distributed sources. She has published more than 80 refereed papers and book chapters on the results of her research. She has served on the Editorial Board of the IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering and has been recently appointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering. She has also served as the coeditor of special issues in the Integrated Computer-Aided Engineering Journal, Computing Systems Journal, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, and Theory and Practice of Object Systems.

Dr. Urban has served on the program and organizing committees of numerous database conferences and frequently serves as a reviewer for the US National Science Foundation and for several database journals. She is a member of the ACM, the IEEE Computer Society, and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Uthayopas connecting the global super dots

Putchong Uthayopas, CACS Ph.D. 1996, will finally achieve his dream of connecting Thailand, his home country, to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he spent some of his most productive years. Putchong has been instrumental in the founding of Thai National Grid Project (TNGP), which constitutes the infrastructure for the advanced HPC Grid Cyber-infrastructure Nationwide. The TNGP is a construction of 13 leading universities and one government agency. The TNGP is considered state-of-the-art infrastructure for research, education, and economic development. Through the TNGP, universities in Thailand will be connected to the available global Grids. Putchong will be able to connect UL Lafayette through LONI.

Dr. Uthayopas is a driving force behind several Grid and High Performance Computing activities. He served as a co-chairman of Grid Working Group, APAN (Asia Pacific Advanced Network) Consortium during 2002-2004, and is participating in many Asia-Pacific projects such as PRGAGMA, AP Grid, and ASTRENA project. He is now working to build the first Teraflop computing system in Thailand. He is the director of the Tai National Grid Center, Ministry of Information and Communication Technology. He is a faculty member in the Department of Computer Engineering, Kasetsart University, Thailand. Dr. Uthayopas received ASIA HPC Leadership Award in 2021.

Watunyuta leading IT security at Siam Commercial Bank

Woraphon Watunyuta received the Master and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Engineering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1990 and 1994, respectively. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Prince of Songkla University at Hadyai, Thailand in 1985.

Dr. Watunyuta is the Senior Vice President responsible for IT security strategic planning and operations at Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) Pcl. based in Bangkok, Thailand.

He joined the bank in August 2003 as a Vice President of IT Operations Division responsible for network architecture design and implementation. He led a team of engineers in the redesign and implementation of new private WAN infrastructure connecting more than 1,000 branches and other customer touch points including ATM and POS to the bank’s data centers. In 2004, he assumed a consulting role for the bank's IT security initiatives to develop a 18-month implementation plan to elevate bank-wide IT security to the same level as that of global banks. From October 2005 to May 2007, he worked as the Head of IT Solution Architecture responsible for setting direction in SCB’s technology standards and innovation as well as implementing technology solutions for the bank such as contactless EMV chip card for credit and debit card applications. Before joining SCB, Woraphon spent 6 years in the U.S. working as a technical specialist for a Wi-Fi network security company and a network consultant for a major broad-band Internet Service Provider in Silicon Valley, California. From 1995 to 1997, he was the Network Manager of Stock Exchange of Thailand in charge of the design and implementation of data communications and computer networks for the Thai Stock Trading community.

Yang appointed Distinguished Engineering Professor

Qing (Ken) Yang received his B.Sc. in Computer Science from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, in 1982, the M.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from University of Toronto, Canada, in 1985, and the Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from the Center for Advanced Computer Studies, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, in 1988. Presently, he is a Distinguished Engineering Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Rhode Island where he has been a faculty member since 1988. His research interests include computer architectures, memory systems, disk I/O systems, networked data storages, parallel and distributed computing, performance evaluation, and local area networks. He is a senior member of the IEEE Computer Society and a member of the SIGARCH of the ACM.