University of Pittsburgh
March 5, 2000


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PITTSBURGH, March 6 -- Marwan Simaan, Bell of PA/Bell Atlantic Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), one of the highest professional distinctions afforded to engineers, NAE President William A. Wulf announced.

Academy membership honors those who have made "important contributions to engineering theory and practice, including significant contributions to the literature of engineering theory and practice," and those who have demonstrated "unusual accomplishment in the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology."

The NAE cited Simaan for his "contributions to the development of signal processing techniques for imaging the Earth's subsurface zone," according to the organization's official announcement.

Simaan, of Upper St. Clair, Pa., has taught in Pitt's School of Engineering since 1976, serving as chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department from 1991 to 1997. His other research interests include geoscience and geophysical signal and image processing; artificial intelligence and knowledge-based systems; signal processing; control, and optimization methods; knowledge-based control and signal processing; and agile multi-agent control of complex systems in hostile environments.

He is a fellow with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and has authored hundreds of professional papers and four books, in addition to serving on the editorial board of numerous professional publications.

The NAE, along with the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council, comprise the National Academies, first founded by an act of Congress in 1863 to provide the nation's leaders with advice on scientific and technical policy issues.

Simaan is the fourth faculty member from Pitt to be elected to the NAE, joining Fred Pohland, Jerome Schultz, and Savio L-Y Woo.