Dr Ahmed Elmagarmid
Dr Ahmed Elmagarmid

Dr Ahmed K Elmagarmid, Executive Director of Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, was recently honoured with the SIGMOD Contribution Award, for his dedicated service to the database research and development community in North America and the Middle East, in his capacity as founder and editor of the Distributed and Parallel Database journal, and Chair for the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Management of Data (ACM SIGMOD).

The award for Dr Elmagarmid was announced ahead of the ACM SIGMOD/PODS International Conference on Management of Data, which is being held in Amsterdam until this Friday, 5 July.

The award honours significant contributions to the field of database systems through research funding, education, and professional service. The conference is a leading international forum for database researchers, practitioners, developers, and users to explore cutting-edge innovations.

As founding executive director of QCRI, Dr Elmagarmid has established the institute as a world-renowned centre for database research. He is an Emeritus Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University in the United States, and a recipient of the NSF Presidential Young Investigator (PYI) award from US President Ronald Reagan in 1988.

For more information about the award, visit sigmod.org.