College’s Ammar Receives Prestigious Regents’ Professor Designation

April 7, 2003

Georgia Tech College of Computing Professor Mostafa Ammar has been named Regents’ Professor, effective July 1. A committee of Regents' and chaired professors recommended him for this honor, and their recommendation has been confirmed by Georgia Tech Provost Jean-Lou Chameau.

“With this recognition Georgia Tech celebrates your long-term accomplishments in the field of networking and your exemplary teaching and educational leadership, and your service to the profession and to the Institute,” said Dr. Bob McMath, professor of history and vice provost for undergraduate studies. “This elevation to the rank of Regents' Professor brings with it universal recognition on the Georgia Tech campus as an intellectual and educational leader of the highest order,” he said.

Georgia Tech is allowed to nominate up to two individuals per year for appointment as Regents' Professors. Those considered already hold the rank of (full) professor and are nominated by their colleges based on excellence in research and teaching and contributions to their profession and to Georgia Tech over a considerable period of time. A committee made up of Regents' Professors and other chaired professors representing all six of the colleges considers the nominations and makes a recommendation to the Provost.

“Mostafa is very deserving of this prestigious award for his years of world-class research, teaching and leadership in networking,” said Dick Lipton, professor and Frederick G. Storey Chair in Computing who represented the College on the Institute’s selection committee.

Ammar joined the College of Computing in September 1985 (then the School of Information and Computer Science) as an assistant professor. He is a member of the College’s Networking and Telecommunications Group and is also a faculty member of the Georgia Tech Information Security Center. His research is in the area of computer networks architectures, protocols and services with specific interests and contributions in multimedia and multicast communication, scalable content distribution services, large-scale network simulation and peer-to-peer networks.

Ammar became an IEEE Fellow in 2002, cited “for contributions to the design of scalable multimedia services and their network support.” He has served as Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking journal since 1999.

The Georgia Tech College of Computing houses one of the largest computer science programs in the country with 68 academic faculty and 39 research faculty. The College strives to provide high quality instruction and to integrate computing knowledge into other academic disciplines as well as aspects of daily life. Approximately 1900 students are enrolled in the college, including approximately 1500 undergraduates and more than 400 graduate students, some 260 of which are Ph.D. students.