Published: Sep 30, 2008 11:35:44 AM
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Juan Gilbert, TSYS associate professor in Auburn University's Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, has been designated a National Associate of the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academy of Science. His membership in the NRC is a lifetime appointment.
"It's an honor to be recognized in this way for the work that my research group has been able to accomplish," said Gilbert. "The National Academies have many outstanding members and it is a tribute to be acknowledged by their organizations."
Gilbert's appointment comes at the beginning of Auburn's push to bring more academy members to its campus. The university's strategic plan, approved by its Board of Trustees in June, calls for increasing the number of members of the academies among its faculty, which "distinguishes leading national universities, helping them attract the best students and other top faculty to their institutions," said Auburn University President Jay Gogue.
"Competition for these positions is rigorous," said Engineering Dean Larry Benefield. "Dr. Gilbert's selection speaks volumes of not only his work, but also the caliber of faculty that call Auburn University home. We are exceptionally proud of Juan and the research he does in our college."
The National Academies originated in 1863, when a congressional charter signed by President Abraham Lincoln created a private, nonprofit institution comprised of experts in the areas of science, health and technology from which U.S. leaders and the general public have since sought critical advice. Today, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council are the four organizations that comprise the institution.
"This service is valued, honored and appreciated both within the National Academies and by the nation," said Ralph J. Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Sciences and chair of the National Research Council. "Our work in advising government and the public on matters of science, technology and health would not be possible without these contributions."