KAUST Professor David Keyes, director of the KAUST Extreme Computing Research Center (ECRC) and professor of applied mathematics and computational science, chaired this year's International Supercomputing Conference (ISC). The ISC, which takes place in Frankfurt, Germany every June, is where the world's supercomputers are re-ranked for computational power, power efficiency, and performance on various scientific benchmarks.
Zere Iman is a 22-year-old graduate who will join KAUST from Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan. Iman will join us in the fall of 2020 as an M.S./Ph.D. candidate in the KAUST Integrated Microwaves Packaging Antennas and Circuits Technology Research Group, under the supervision of Professor Atif Shamim.
KAUST Ph.D. student Jorge Holguín-Lerma has recently been named a recipient of the 2020 IEEE Photonics Society Graduate Student Scholarship. Holguín-Lerma was one of only ten students worldwide to receive the Society’s most competitive scholarship for graduate students in photonics. The award acknowledges both his work at KAUST and the potential impact of his future research.
Damilya Saduakhas, 21 years old, from Kazakhstan, obtained a B.Sc. degree in mathematics from the Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan. Damilya has been selected as a young scientist to participate in the summer Data Lab from Yessenov Foundation and will join KAUST in the fall of 2020 as an M.S./Ph.D. candidate in the KAUST Stochastic Processes and Applied Statistics Research group under the supervision of Professor David Bolin.
Xinge Yang is a 22-year-old graduate who will join KAUST from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). Yang will join the University in the fall of 2020 as an M.S./Ph.D. candidate in the KAUST Computational Imaging Group under the supervision of Professor Wolfgang Heidrich.
KAUST Professor Peter Markowich has been elected as a Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences (EurASc). Established in 2003, the EurASC is a fully independent international organization of distinguished scholars that aims to recognize and elect to its membership the best European researchers to strengthen European science and scientific cooperation. 
Upon the recommendation of the DTA selection committee and the KAUST Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Professor Yves Gnanou, Dr. Alexandra Gomes has been awarded the 2020 KAUST Distinguished Teaching Award. Gomes, who is a member of the KAUST CEMSE Division, was recognized for the award due to her exceptional contributions to the classroom instruction mission of KAUST. The award will be conferred at the annual KAUST Faculty Recognition Dinner scheduled for this fall.
Soon-to-be graduate Imran Pervez will join KAUST from Aligarh Muslim University, India. An initial reference from a friend piqued his initial interest in joining KAUST. This interest in joining was solidified by an inspiring interaction with Professor Khalid Nabil Salama, which further convinced Pervez to join KAUST.
Amin Wu is a 24-year-old graduate who will join KAUST from the Communication University of China. Wu will join the University in the fall of 2020 as an M.S./Ph.D. candidate in the KAUST Environmental Statistics Research Group under the supervision of Professor Ying Sun. Wu wants to be a teacher or researcher and use her expertise and knowledge to make the world a better place.
Siyuan Chen is a 22-year-old graduate who comes to KAUST from the School of Communication and Information Engineering, UESTC, China. Chen will join the University in the fall of 2020 as an M.S./Ph.D. candidate in the KAUST Structural and Functional Bioinformatics research group under the supervision of Professor Xin Gao.
Olga Krestinskaya, from Kazakhstan, obtained her master’s and bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and electronics from Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan. She is the recipient of the IEEE Circuits and Systems (CAS) society pre-doctoral award in 2019 and will join KAUST in the fall of 2020 as a Ph.D. candidate in the KAUST Sensors Lab under the supervision of Professor Khaled Nabil Salama.