By David Murphy
KAUST Professor of Computer Science Elmootazbellah Elnozahy has been elected to the rank of National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Fellow. Elnozahy will be officially inducted during the NAI’s 2022 Annual Meeting June 13-15, 2022, in Arizona, U.S.
Established in 2010, the NAI Fellows Program honors academic inventors who have displayed a spirit of innovation by creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have enhanced the quality of life, economic development and welfare of society. NAI fellows are selected based on the number and significance of patents they are co-inventors; the patents must also have stemmed from a university-based research program.
The NAI Fellow designation is the most prestigious professional distinction for academic inventors. Currently, 1,403 Fellows worldwide are associated with the program representing more than 250 prestigious universities and governmental and nonprofit research institutes.
Elmootazbellah Elnozahy holds 58 patents in the field of Information Technology. His most significant patents are “Web server architecture for improved performance/US 7,499,966)” and “Processing of requests for static objects in a network server/US 6,879,999)” which describe the technology for caching dynamic content in the U.S. census 2000 website, reducing information query time from six minutes to two seconds, which was critical for acceptable performance.
Also, “Verification of service level agreement contracts/US 6,792,459,” which was licensed by Xerox PARC and enables third-party verification of performance agreements. Other significant patents dealt with energy consumption and were incorporated in IBM POWER 6 and POWER 7 systems (e.g., U.S. 6,985,952, 8,250,298).
Elmootazbellah Elnozahy is a former Dean of the Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering at KAUST. Elnozahy’s expertise is in computing systems, with a focus on dependability, power consumption and performance. He wrote a defining article on the theory and practice of rollback-recovery, built the world’s first computer server out of low-power processors, and led the PERCS project (the DARPA-funded research phase of the IBM POWER 7-IH).
He received the Ralph Budd Award from Rice University, RIA and CAREER awards from the NSF, Trailblazer Award from the University of Texas, Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards from IBM, an IBM President Award, and he was named Master Inventor for Life by IBM in 2006. He was Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems and the IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing. Elnozahy is a Fellow of the IEEE and an elected chair of IFIP Working Group 10.4.
Elnozahy’s research area is in computing systems, including high-performance computing, power-aware computing, fault tolerance, operating systems, system architecture and distributed systems.
Elnozahy obtained a Ph.D. in computer science from Rice University, U.S.