Dr. Ahmed Tewfik is the Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Tewfik joined Texas ECE as department chair in Fall 2010. Tewfik brings to the Cockrell School an impressive research record, entrepreneurial insight as the founder and CEO of a software company and leadership gained through various positions with IEEE, the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology.
His current research interests are in man–machine symbiosis, brain computing interfaces and applied machine learning. He has made seminal contributions in the past to food inspection, watermarking, multimedia signal processing and content-based retrieval, wavelet signal processing and fractals. Past research contributions also include low power multimedia communications, adaptive search and data acquisition strategies for World Wide Web applications, radar and dental/medical imaging, monitoring of machinery via acoustic emissions, industrial measurements.
His education includes a B.S.E.E. from Cairo University, Cairo Egypt, in 1982, an M.S.E.E. in 1984 and Sc.D. in 1987, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prof. Tewfik is a Fellow of the IEEE. He received several awards and honors, including the IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Achievement Award in 2018, IEEE third Millennium award in 2000 and Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Signal Processing Society in 1997 – 1999. He was elected to the post of President-elect of the IEEE Signal Processing Society in 2017 and will serve as President in 2020. He was previously elected for three year terms as VP for Technical Directions and member of the board of governors of that society in 2009 and 2005 respectively. Prof. Tewfik delivered plenary lectures at several IEEE and non-IEEE meetings and taught tutorials on bioinformatics, ultrawideband communications, watermarking and wavelets at major IEEE conferences. He was selected to be the first Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Signal Processing Letters from 1993 to 1999.