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Garcia-Molina elected to National Academy of Engineering
Hector Garcia-Molina, chair of the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). His election brings the number of Stanford academy members to 82, including two foreign associates.
Election to the academy is one of the highest professional distinctions that can be accorded an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made "important contributions to engineering theory and practice" and those who have demonstrated "unusual accomplishment in the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology."
Garcia-Molina -- the Leonard Bosack and Sandra K. Lerner Professor in the School of Engineering, where he holds appointments in the departments of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering -- has chaired the Department of Computer Science since Jan. 1, 2001. He joined the Stanford faculty in 1992 and served on the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee during the Clinton administration from 1997 to 2001.
Recipient of the 1999 ACM SIGMOD (Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Management of Data) Innovations Award, Garcia-Molina does research in distributed computing systems, digital libraries and database systems. In announcing his election on Feb. 14, NAE officials cited him for contributions to distributed information systems.
Garcia-Molina received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico, in 1974. In 1975, he received a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Stanford, followed by a doctoral degree in computer science in 1979. He was a member of the Princeton University faculty from 1979 to 1991.
Garcia-Molina is a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a member of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council and serves on the technical advisory boards of eGuanxi, Enosys Markets, Kintera, Metreo Markets, Morhsoft, TimesTen and Verity. He has been a member of the board of directors of Oracle Corp. since October 2001.
The NAE promotes the technological welfare of the nation by marshaling the knowledge and insight of eminent members of the engineering profession. Garcia-Molina is one of 77 new members and nine foreign associates elected to the NAE this year. The academy has 2,138 members in the United States and 165 foreign associates.