Ahmed Tewfik

Department Chair, Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering #1
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Ahmed Tewfik is the Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Tewfik has joined the UT ECE department as the new department chair beginning 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.

Dr. Tewfik’s current areas of research interests include: medical imaging for minimally invasive surgery, programmable wireless networks, genomics and proteomics, neural prosthetics and audio signal separation. He has made seminal contributions in the past to food inspection, watermarking, multimedia signal processing and content based retrieval, wavelet signal processing and fractals.

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. Dr. Tewfik is a Fellow of the IEEE, and was a distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Signal Processing Society from 1997 to 1999. He received the IEEE Third Millennium Award in 2000. Dr. Tewfik was awarded the E. F. Johnson professorship of Electronic Communications in 1993, the Taylor Faculty Development Award from the Taylor Foundation in 1992 and an NSF Research Initiation Award in 1990.

Research Interests: 
Signal processing
Man-machine symbiosis
Neural engineering
Biomedical imaging