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ECE's Han earns ACM Fellow status
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Stephen Greenwell
Zhu Han, Moores Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering, is part of the 2023 Fellow class for the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
Zhu Han, Moores Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering, is part of the 2023 Fellow class for the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Zhu Han, Moores Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering, is part of the 2023 Fellow class for the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Han, who is also a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), said he was proud to be inducted with this year's class.

“They have promoted a series of innovations and their contributions have covered a wide range of fields, including algorithm design, computer graphics, network security, network search and other fields,” he said. “They have greatly enriched our daily life, work and entertainment.” 

According to the ACM, Han was recognized “for contributions to distributed and autonomous management for large-scale communication networks.”

Only 68 people were selected for the honor this year, and Fellow status is granted to just 1 percent of the 110,000 members of the ACM.

“The announcement each year that a new class of ACM Fellows has been selected is met with great excitement,” said ACM President Yannis Ioannidis. “This year’s inductees include the inventor of the World Wide Web [Tim Berners-Lee], the 'godfathers' of AI [Geoffrey Hinton, Yoshua Bengio and Yann LeCun], and other colleagues whose contributions have all been important building blocks in forming the digital society that shapes our modern world.”

Han is the lone honoree from the University of Houston this year. He received Distinguished Member status from the organization in 2019. He has served as a Distinguished Speaker for the organization since 2022.

In addition to the ACM, Han has been recognized by several other organizations. In 2021, he earned the IEEE's Kiyo Tomiyasu Award. 

Han first joined the university as an assistant professor in 2008. He was promoted to an associate professor in 2012 and then to a professor in 2015. Since 2017, Han's papers have been among the top 1 percent of highly-cited papers according to metrics by Clarivate.

Additional information about the 2023 ACM Fellows, as well as previously named ACM Fellows, is available through the ACM Fellows website.

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