Professor Nabeel Agha Riza Inducted as 2021 International Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering

Oct. 17, 2021. Cork, Ireland

On Oct.11, 2021, Chair Professor of Electrical & Electronic Engineering Nabeel Agha Riza of University College Cork (UCC), Ireland was inducted as a 2021 International Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering (, the UK’s National Academy of Engineering. Prof. Riza was elected as a global prize-winning inventor of light-based technologies including the invention of the all-digital fault-tolerant fiber-optic equalizer deployed in the global internet. He was one of four individuals selected for the International Membership honor which included decorated academic Prof. Cato T. Laurencin from the USA whom US President Obama in 2016 presented the US National Medal of Technology & Innovation, USA’s highest national award in technology innovation. Prof. Riza also became only the eighth person in the Republic of Ireland’s 100 year history to receive this high UK honor. The induction ceremony was conducted at The Royal Academy Prince Philip House, London. Sir Jim McDonald, President of the Academy stated: “Our Fellows represent the best of the best in the engineering world, and we welcome these 69 excellent and talented professionals to our community of business people, entrepreneurs, innovators and academics.” The Royal Academy Membership is diverse and represents UK and the world’s top engineers from the business, government and educational sectors, including Academy Honorary Fellow Lewis Hamilton who is a seven-time Formula One World Champion representing Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport. Notable International Fellows include 2014 Physics Nobel Laureate UCSB Professor Shuji Nakamura (2019 USA), 2018 Chemistry Nobel Laureate Caltech Professor Frances Arnold (2018 USA) and former Stanford University President & Computer design pioneer Professor John Hennessy (2017 USA).

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