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Jack DongarraJack Dongarra, director of the Innovative Computing Laboratory in UT’s Tickle College of Engineering, has added another item to his already impressive resume, as the Russian Academy of Sciences has elected him as a member.

“Being elected to the academy is not only an honor but also another effective avenue for sharing what we learn from our experimental computer science work,” said Dongarra, who also serves in the college as a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science.

“The academy’s prestige stems from its long-standing role as a global network of scientists and scholars from an array of institutes and laboratories dedicated to advancing science for the betterment of humanity.”

Some of the world’s leading minds of the past 300 years are members, including dozens of Nobel Prize winners. In fact, another American joins Dongarra in this year’s class: former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was elected to the academy’s wing devoted to global relations.

Founded by Russian Emperor Peter I (Peter the Great) in 1724, the academy has long been one of the world’s leading scientific bodies, surviving Russia’s transition from imperial to soviet to democratic society.

The academy assists in educating students, directing research, and publicizing research breakthroughs.

For Dongarra, already a world-renowned computing expert, it’s the latest accomplishment on a long resume.

He is also an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering—one of five in the college—and a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

Additionally, Dongarra is known internationally for compiling and releasing the TOP500 list of the world’s fastest computers.


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