Dr Mohamed Mokbel of the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), part of Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), has been named a Distinguished Scientist by the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
Dr Mokbel, QCRI’s Chief Scientist, is among only 43 scientists, and the only one from the Middle East, to be selected for the honour in 2017.
The ACM described the 2017 recipients as ‘responsible for an extraordinary array of achievements, reflecting the many distinct areas of research and practice in the computing and technology fields.’
Dr Mokbel joined QCRI earlier this year having previously worked as a professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota, where he was employed since 2005.
Dr Mokbel joins QCRI’s Distributed Systems Research Director Dr Ashraf Aboulnaga, who received the award in 2015. QCRI’s founder and Executive Director Dr Ahmed Elmagarmid has also been named an ACM Fellow, the most prestigious grade that the association recognises.