IEEE elevates Professor Samer Al-Kiswany to grade of Senior Member

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Cheriton School of Computer Science Professor Samer Al-Kiswany has been elevated to the grade of Senior Member by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, an honour bestowed to IEEE members who have made significant contributions to their profession.

photo of Professor Samer Al-Kiswany

“Congratulations on this significant milestone, and thank you for your contributions to the profession, and to IEEE,” wrote Ruben Barrera-Michel, chair of IEEE’s Admission and Advancement Committee, in his letter to Samer.

Only about one in ten of IEEE’s members holds the grade of senior member, which is conferred to those with extensive experience and reflects professional maturity and significant research achievements. Along with elevation to senior member grade, Samer will receive a plaque, membership in a new IEEE Society to expand access to technical innovation and cutting-edge research in related fields, among other member benefits.

“Congratulations to Samer on this prestigious recognition from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers,” said Mark Giesbrecht, Director of the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science. 

“His innovative research on networks and on distributed systems and operating systems has caught the attention of those in both academia and industry. Recently, Samer and his grad students explored network partitioning failures in widely used distributed systems and found that the majority of these lead to catastrophic effects. They also developed a framework to help developers test the resiliency of their systems to network partitioning failures, which will help to make networks more stable and robust.”

IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity through its more than 400,000 members in over 160 countries, and its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards and professional and educational activities.

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